It was what we expected, especially after the numerous reports trickling out over the last couple of weeks, the way Bruce Arians had been addressing the media and the team and quite frankly, the way the team had rallied around Arians.
Bruce Arians, after five seasons, 49 regular season wins and one playoff win, standing alone atop the mountain of Arizona Cardinals coaching wins with 50 total, is retiring from coaching in the NFL.
It has been a spectacular five regular seasons for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals.
After a rocky start, the Cardinals, under Bruce Arians deep passing and aggressive offensive attack, took off.
In fact, after the first seven games of the Bruce Arians era where they went 3-4, the Cardinals went an astounding 46-26-1.
The one blemish on Arians record in Arizona will be his 1-2 record in the playoffs, but right now, that's not what matters.
What matters is the Cardinals under Arians went 49-30-1 in regular season, they finished with ten or more wins in each of Arians first three seasons and despite a 15-16-1 record the last two seasons, Arians and his staff did tbeir best work, at least in my mind, in 2017.
It's easy to be successful when everything is going right, look at 2015 for Arians, but it's much more difficult to adapt and change on the fly.
That's what Arians and his staff did in 2017, and it resulted in an unlikely 8-8 record.
It was a pleasure to cover Bruce Arians and the Cardinals the last two seasons, even if they were statistically the worst of his tenure.
He was one of the most genuine coaches and a fierce and loyal champion for his own players and coaches.
Thanks for everything, Coach and good luck in your future endeavors.