The Arizona Cardinals have finally found their man.
Bruce Arians, 60, has been named the new head coach of the Red Birds and is expected to sign a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. He will be introduced at a news conference this afternoon. He replaces Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired on Dec. 31.
Arians served as the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts this past season. He spent 12 games as interim head coach in 2012 for the Colts while coach Chuck Pagano was treated for leukemia. He was highly praised for his performance – Indianapolis went 9-3 in those dozen contests. Arians was instrumental in developing rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
A native of Paterson, NJ, Arians was previously the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-11 and was also the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns from 2001-03.
All 32 NFL teams now have head coaches in place.
Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb seemed very pleased with the hiring.
"I'm very excited about our new head coach,” Kolb told azcentral.com. “I've heard great things about Bruce Arians, not only as a coach, but as a person as well. I look forward to working with him and winning a lot of football games."
That journey to rebuild the Cardinals begins today.
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