The NFL’s annual Black Monday falls on New Year’s Day this year. Monday’s exodus could possibly include Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Arians plans to make a decision on his coaching future following Sunday’s regular season finale versus the Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals coach is going to sit down and talk with his family before reaching a final conclusion.
There is speculation that Arians is leaning toward retiring.
Arizona has missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Injuries to key players have severely debilitated the Cardinals. David Johnson, Carson Palmer, Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, Tyrann Mathieu and Evan Mathis have all suffered long-term injuries the last two years.
More importantly, Arians has battled health problems during his tenure in the desert. Arians was hospitalized in August 2016 with symptoms of diverticulitis, and he had surgery in February 2017 to remove a cancerous piece of his kidney.
Sunday’s game might be bittersweet for Arians. Since Arians became head coach of the Cardinals in 2013, he’s accumulated 49 wins, which is tied with Ken Whisenhunt for the most in franchise history. Arians can break that tie by notching his 50th win on Sunday and become the franchise’s all-time winningest coach. In the event a win happens, Arians could ride off into the sunset with a big-time accomplishment.
Monday will likely feature multiple head coaching vacancies. Bears coach John Fox is reportedly on his way out of Chicago. In Indianapolis, Colts coach Chuck Pagano is probably coaching his final game with the team, via Schefter.
Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals have also decided to have a change of scenery after the season.
Arians, Fox, Pagano and Lewis won’t be alone. There will be more coaches changing their addresses following Week 17.