York High grad Bruce Arians tires of speculation about his future with Arizona Cardinals

Steve Heiser
York Dispatch
  • York High grad Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals have reportedly agreed to "part ways."
  • Arians has been the Cards' head coach for five seasons, compiling a 48-30-1 record.
  • Arians is a two-time NFL Coach of the Year. He led the Cards to the NFC title game in January, 2016.

York High graduate Bruce Arians has reportedly agreed to "part ways" with the Arizona Cardinals.

That, apparently, is news to Arians.

Arians, at his Tuesday news conference, disputed a report that he plans to leave as the Cardinals' head coach after Sunday's season finale at Seattle.

"If you want to ask me about this fake news story that has come up — I'm quoting the president — nothing's changed," Arians said. "I don't know where all that (expletive) came from. Nothing's changed in the last month and a half and everybody keeps asking the same question."

A Tuesday report from Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush, citing multiple sources, said that Arians has already decided to retire as Arizona's head coach after the season.

"I don’t even know who in the heck this guy (Arkush) is,” Arians said. “I don’t know where these supposed meetings took place. That’s fun. It was good reading.”

Arians said he is getting weary of the retirement speculation.

"I'm getting a little tired of it, yeah," Arians said. "There will come a time and a place when we decide what we're going to do."

Arians said he will make a decision about his Cardinals future once the season ends.

"I'll come back on the plane, get everything finalized through the season, get all the reports like we always do — all our end-of-the-season business done, sit down with my wife and son and daughter and we'll talk about it and see what we want to do. Make a decision sometime between Monday and February."

Cards have struggled recently: Arians, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, has been the Cardinals' head coach for the past five seasons, compiling a 48-30-1 regular-season record.

Bruce Arians. AP FILE PHOTO

Arizona, however, has struggled in recent years, finishing 7-8-1 a year ago, and is sitting at 7-8 this year.

There has been much speculation in recent years that the 65-year-old Arians, who has had multiple medical issues recently, was contemplating retirement.

The report: Arkush reported that Arians' supposed parting with the Cardinals is "amicable" and that Arians is not "being fired."

However, Arkush is reporting that "Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim support Arians' decision and aren't overly upset they will be able to start fresh with a new coach as they reshape their roster."

Keim is a Red Land High School graduate. Together, the two York County products rejuvenated a long-suffering Arizona franchise, going 10-6, 11-5 and 13-3 in their first three seasons together from 2013-2015. That included an appearance in the NFC title game in January of 2016.

Arkush reported that while "the working relationship between the two (Keim and Arians) is still solid, there is no sugar-coating that there is disappointment for both ownership and management with the team's 7-8 record and struggles with quality teams."

Arizona question marks: The Cardinals also have a large question mark at quarterback. Carson Palmer was a key figure in Arizona's resurgence under Arians and Keim, but he broke his arm in Week 7 and missed the rest of the season. At 38, it's uncertain if Palmer will return.

In addition, Arizona's cornerstone franchise player, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, is 34. The return of the future Pro Football Hall of Famer is also in doubt. 

Arians, meanwhile, is a prostate cancer survivor who has dealt with various other medical issues in recent years.

Arians still has family in York County and returns to the area on occasion. This past summer, Arians was the main attraction at a news conference to announce the creation of the York City Parks Conservancy.