Bruce Arians is not going anywhere.
Obviously, the Arizona Cardinals are having a rough year. This year, many people believed that this would be the time that they get everything lined up. he franchise's 98th season in the National Football League, 30th in Arizona, and 12th at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
It will also be the fifth season under head coach Arians. They will try to improve on a 7–8–1 season they had in 2016.
Currently, the time is 3-4 and ranks third in the NFC West division behind the Los Angeles Rams, who are 5-2, and the Seattle Seahawks, who are 4-2. Things went south recently when quarterback Carson Palmer went down with an injury. Palmer is seeking a second opinion on his broken left arm, according to his head coach.
If you recall, Palmer was injured in the second quarter of the Cardinals' 33-0 loss to the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in London. The original timeline of his recovery was projected at eight weeks, but Palmer seems to be hoping another specialist's opinion could reduce that time frame.
Somehow, some way, there have been reports that Arians is looking for the exit door. Arians refuted the rumor he plans to retire from coaching at the end of the 2017 season in a recent post on his official Twitter account.
Instead, he is focused is firmly on their next game, which is a Nov. 5 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, who haven’t won a game thus far in the current season.
Arians wrote, “Hearing reports I'm retiring. News to me. Nothing could be further from truth & 100% focused on getting back on track at SF! #birdgang.”
According to a report by ABC15's Craig Fouhy, Arians had "told people close to him that he intends to make the 2017 season his last with the Cardinals." He is currently in his fifth season with the Cardinals, and the team is 44-26-1 under his watch.
He's arguably the best head coach the Cardinals have had since moving to Arizona in 1988. Some people could make the argument that if he were to step down at the end of this year, it wouldn't be a huge surprise.
By looking at the roster, the team has some older players. Palmer turns 38 in December. Thus, his arm injury could force Arizona to seriously think about finding another quarterback in the offseason.
The Cardinals would likely enter a rebuilding phase. Larry Fitzgerald, 34, isn't getting any younger, while the team can't expect 35-year-old Karlos Dansby and 33-year-old Antoine Bethea to be productive on defense beyond the next couple of seasons.