Report: Cardinals Hire Arians As Head Coach; Haley To Remain Steelers Offensive Coordinator

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting Thursday night on Twitter that the Arizona Cardinals have decided to hire Bruce Arians as their next head coach nearly one year after the Pittsburgh Steelers decided not to retain him as their offensive coordinator.

Arians spent the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after head coach Chuck Pagano had to take a leave of absence due to his battle with Leukemia.

Arians guided the Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, to an 11-5 record and they made the playoffs as a Wild Card team. The Colts ultimately lost in the Wild Card round to the Baltimore Ravens with Arians hospitalized because of an illness.

Arians interviewed for the Cardinals head-coaching vacancy on Thursday and Schefter reports that he has accepted a four-year deal, with a team option for a fifth year.

The hiring of Arians by the Cardinals means that Todd Haley will remain the Steelers offensive coordinator in 2013. Haley reportedly interviewed with the Cardinals over a week ago for the head-coaching vacancy, but made high demands in order to make it worth his while to leave Pittsburgh after just one season.

Steelers team president Art Rooney II told the media just last week that he endorsed Haley returning for a second seasons as the teams offensive coordinator despite an 8-8 inaugural season.

During Arians\’ 5 years as the Steelers offensive coordinator the team was 55-25 in the regular season. They went to the Super Bowl twice, winning one of those against the Cardinals in the 2008 season.

  • Mike Carroll

    I’m glad Haley is staying on board and look forward to an improved offense in his second season.

  • It’s probably better off for us instead of having to start over again. Truthfully I don’t think we could have upgraded from Haley at this point. It’s real funny that the guy who supposedly retired as the Steelers OC is now a head coach. As much as I would like to hear some truth from Manti Te’o I would also like to hear someone from the Steelers talk about the departure of Arians. Hopefully BA bombs in Arizona and never finds a QB, because if anything positive comes from this it will just make the Steelers look even more stupid.

  • zyzak

    I hope he meets the Steelers in the Super Bowl

  • mokhkw

    Congrats & best wishes to BA. I think he should be Coach Of The Year as well.

  • mikey hoek

    …and PITTSBURGH WEST moniker continues on for indefinite time period!

  • Garrett Hunt

    Big difference between offensive coordinator and head coach. Comparing oranges and apples. Plus his style of play was not what the Steelers were looking for, not his quality of job performance.

  • TJimmy

    A year ago when Arians was retired/fired, who would have thought that he would be the Cardinals head coach within a year, and Whisenhunt would be coaching Peyton Manning?

    Arians looked good when coaching 3 excellent QB’s in Manning, Ben and Luck. What will he look like with no quarterback to write home about?

  • tricitysteel

    Whisenhunt will be coaching Phillip Rivers, not Peyton Manning.

  • grw1960

    I read in Arians intake interview that Ben had helped Arians develop the play calling language and some of the plays in Arians play book.

    No wonder Ben resisted Haley’s play calling changes early on.

  • steeltown

    Good for Arians, he earned it. (another ex-steelers staff member to AZ, ha!)

    I’m glad Haley is staying for atleast ONE more season. History has shown that he makes a significant jump from year one to year two, either as a HC or an OC

  • steeltown

    Something tells me they’ll be drafting a QB early in AZ… Arians needs a top notch QB to succeed, well, lets face it, every Team needs a top notch QB to succeed

  • I wonder if BA is gonna be looking to hire Randy from us…Haley may need to hire a couple offensive coaches here before (O-line, QB ect) this is all over.

  • Well, there’s a big difference between retired and head coach, and I never tried to compare the two. I simply stated that the way the Steelers handled it was a complete embarrassment. To say a guy is retired and have him come back and become coach of the year is ridiculous, and to have the organization just ignore the story is pathetic.

  • steeltown

    so true

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I find it funny honestly. Arians thinks its EASIER to be a head coach than he thought. The reality is everything that happened last year in Indy is not indicative of what things are like as a head coach or how he will perform as one.

    First, he didn’t start the year out as the coach. He didn’t need to run camp. He didn’t need to make the decision about the D. All of those decisions had already pretty much been made prior to his getting the interim position. He then just had to plan week to week. This year the systems will all be set and chosen by him not for him.

    Second, there is no Andrew Luck waiting to be drafted. He won’t have a special talent for his QB position, a position which his entire offense depends on.

    Third, he will call plays on offense until he finds someone who does it better than him? Really? Who hear believes he is an exceptional play caller?

    Fourth, the Colts faced very little if any adversity this year. With the Cardinals, he is going to have to manage not only the details of the games, but also the difficulty of playing in a harder division and managing egos that don’t know what its like to do anything but lose. Without early success, that team will have a long year.

    Fifth, that division is no cake walk. All 3 of the teams have a better QB than he has. Seattle and San Fran. have clearly better defenses than he has, and St. Louis will have a good defense eventually because that is what Jeff Fischer will build in St. Louis. I give him 2 year and a GM full of regret at the end.

  • Mike Carroll

    Right on the money with the second point. I think the main (and quite possibly) sole reason the Steelers fired Arians related to the fact the team decided they wanted to move in a new direction and new philosophy on offense. That’s the only reason that makes sense to me, since Arians clearly had success with the team. That’s also the reason I am expecting better things out of the new offense in year two with Haley. I think a transition period should be expected, and the team is still in the process of changing over to the new approach on offense. Last year they picked up 3 lineman in the draft. This year they can add a new O-line coach, and new WR and RB in the draft. All of these moves will be done with the purpose of matching the new offensive scheme.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Don’t be surprised if the Cards go after Mike Wallace.

  • steeltown

    I think Arians will sign Starks and possibly make a push for Foster as well

  • Garrett Hunt

    Were they supposed to say fired? And you know it is possible to retire from one job and go into another right? He won coach of the year with the Colts, not the Steelers. Had he not “retired” from the Steelers, he would not have had the personal success that he did. The Arians and the Colts was just a better fit for both parties.