Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said he wants to find an established leader who will "keep a culture of accountability" to replace Arians. "I'll miss the players". "I'll miss coming out of the locker room and hearing the national anthem because it still gets me".
Arians leaves Arizona with a 49-30-1 record in 80 regular-season games and one playoff victory in Arizona.
Arians said he didn't know for sure he was going to retire until the winning kick went through by Phil Dawson to give the Cardinals a 26-24 lead over the Seattle Seahawks.
The 65-year-old Arians just completed his fifth season with the Cardinals, who finished with an 8-8 mark.
Arians is set to leave the game on his own terms. He had two short stints with NFL teams, in 1989-92, as running backs coach for the Chiefs, and in 1996, as tight ends coach for the Saints, but moved into the league for good in 1998, when he was hired by the Indianapolis Colts as quarterbacks coach; he was Peyton Manning's position coach for the first three years of his career.
"To take that bunch of guys that were left on the field and go down and get a winning field goal was truly wonderful, one of the best performances I've seen". "Now I'll actually miss you guys". Arians went 9-3 and became the first interim head coach to win coach of the year. Two years later, Arians nabbed that award again in Arizona.
"It's really hard to walk away from this", Arians said Sunday. And now that Indianapolis will likely fire Pagano after six seasons with the franchise, Arians could become the lead candidate for the head-coaching job. He was hospitalized in August 2016 with symptoms of diverticulitis and had surgery in February to remove a cancerous piece of his kidney.