Arians, Cardinals Both Happily Moving Forward

The Bruce Arians-Arizona Cardinals marriage ended on their own terms and both seem to be happy moving forward in their respective relationships.

Both Arians’ new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his old have struggled in 2019 but according to one long-time NFL insider, a new direction in leadership was necessary for both.

“Look, if I lived in Arizona, I would always have fond feelings for Bruce Arians,” NBC.com columnist Peter King said to Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat earlier this week about the first-year Tampa Bay head coach. “But in the end, he wanted to go and I think the organization wanted to try something new.”

Few will be able forget the chemistry between BA and his Cardinals’ Ring of Honor inductee quarterback. 

“He and Carson Palmer made magic for three or four years,” he explained. 

As they prepare for their game Sunday afternoon in Florida, both the Bucs (2-6) and the Cards (3-5-1) are still trying to find their footing as the calendar flips into November.

“I would much rather now in my franchise’s history have Kliff Kingsbury than Bruce Arians,” King said. “But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be damn happy in [20]13, ’14 and ’15 with Bruce Arians steering the ship.”

Kickoff is set for 11:00 Arizona time Sunday morning from Raymond James Stadium.

A Valley native, Eric has had a passion for the Arizona sports scene since an early age. He has covered some of the biggest events including Super Bowls, national championships and the NBA and MLB playoffs in his near 20 years in local media.