Nothing speaks to Bruce Arians quite like Bruce Arians.
There was a little angst from some in the Arizona media about the fact that Arians took the time to pen his own goodbye, but didn't take a couple minutes to answer questions from the media, but there's a reason for that.
Bruce Arians has been a hell of a coach for the Cardinals and I wish him well but a quibble. If going to write first-person account for The Athletic of why you're retiring, please answer questions from reporters who have covered you all these years as well.— scott bordow (@sbordow) January 1, 2018
Arians spent time writing out his reasoning for his retirement, putting pen to paper and letting the words take over as opposed to emotion taking over, which clearly was what Arians went through yesterday announcing his retirement. It's been 40 years in the making and sometimes, it's easier to write it out rather than speak it out.
He did just that.
In an article from Arians and the fantastic Lars Anderson on The Athletic, Arians let it be known that this was not something he decided lightly:
Still, I’ve been on the fence about this decision up until just a few hours ago, my heart and my head battling over what the right move is. I feel like we have so much unfinished business here with the Cardinals
The unfinished business is simply never winning that Super Bowl for the Arizona Cardinals, and most importantly, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer and himself:
I always told Carson and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald that we were like three old gunfighters looking to go out in a blaze of glory with a Super Bowl win. It pains me that I couldn’t help them accomplish our goal.
It's these little notes, these little takeaways that tell the story of the internal battle Arians had to go through to make his decision.
In the end, he did what he felt was best for himself and his family.
Make sure and check out the full article from Arians and Anderson on The Athletic, it's a great piece and tells the whole tale of Bruce Arians final decision.