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Bruce Arians
Head Coach
College:
Virginia Tech
Hometown:
Patterson, NJ
Experience:
22

Biography

CAREER NOTES:

• Became an NFL head coach for the first time when hired by Arizona on January 17, 2013.

• In his first season, Arians led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record by winning seven of the final nine games; AZ doubled its win total from 2012 and the five-win improvement equaled the team’s best one-season turnaround in team history in a 16-game season.

• Among all-time Cardinals coaches, only Norm Barry (11 in 1925) had more wins in his first season than Arians’ 10.

• The Cardinals 2013 offense improved 20 spots from 32nd overall in 2012 to 12th overall in ‘13. Defensively, Arizona went from 12th overall to 6th and against the run went from #28 to #1.

• Arizona’s 379 points scored in 2013 tied for the fifth-best total in franchise history; the 1,351 rushing yards allowed were a franchise low for a 16-game season.

• Among the NFL’s seven first-year head coaches in 2013, Arians tied Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly for the league’s best record (both 10-6).

• Arians came to AZ with 20 years of experience as an NFL assistant coach with five different teams: Indianapolis (2012; 1998-2000), Pittsburgh (2004-11), Cleveland (2001-03), New Orleans (1996), and Kansas City (1989-92).

• At the age of 30, was named head coach at Temple University and spent six seasons (1983-88) there. Also worked an assistant coach at the collegiate level for 10 seasons with Virginia Tech (1977), Mississippi State (1978-80; 1993-95), and Alabama (1981-82; 1997).

CAREER NOTES:

• Became an NFL head coach for the first time when hired by Arizona on January 17, 2013.

• In his first season, Arians led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record by winning seven of the final nine games; AZ doubled its win total from 2012 and the five-win improvement equaled the team’s best one-season turnaround in team history in a 16-game season.

• Among all-time Cardinals coaches, only Norm Barry (11 in 1925) had more wins in his first season than Arians’ 10.

• The Cardinals 2013 offense improved 20 spots from 32nd overall in 2012 to 12th overall in ‘13. Defensively, Arizona went from 12th overall to 6th and against the run went from #28 to #1.

• Arizona’s 379 points scored in 2013 tied for the fifth-best total in franchise history; the 1,351 rushing yards allowed were a franchise low for a 16-game season.

• Among the NFL’s seven first-year head coaches in 2013, Arians tied Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly for the league’s best record (both 10-6).

• Arians came to AZ with 20 years of experience as an NFL assistant coach with five different teams: Indianapolis (2012; 1998-2000), Pittsburgh (2004-11), Cleveland (2001-03), New Orleans (1996), and Kansas City (1989-92).

• At the age of 30, was named head coach at Temple University and spent six seasons (1983-88) there. Also worked an assistant coach at the collegiate level for 10 seasons with Virginia Tech (1977), Mississippi State (1978-80; 1993-95), and Alabama (1981-82; 1997).

Bruce Arians was named Arizona’s head coach on January 17, 2013 when he signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth. After earning NFL Coach of the Year honors the previous year as Indy’s interim head coach for 12 games, Arians turned in an equally impressive campaign in year one with Arizona.

ARIZONA: In his first season with the Cardinals, the team finished with a 10-6 record after winning seven of its final nine games. Arizona doubled its win total from 2012 and the five-win improvement equaled the best one-season turnaround in team history. It marked the franchise’s seventh double-digit win season and first since 2009. Among all-time Cardinals coaches, only Norm Barry (11 in 1925) had more wins in his first season than Arians. Offensively, the team’s overall league ranking improved from 32nd to 12th while the defense went from 12th to 6th and finished #1 against the run. Arizona’s 379 points scored in 2013 tied for the fifth-best total in franchise history. The 1,351 rushing yards allowed were the fewest ever by a Cardinals team in a 16-game season.

Arizona’s eight non-division wins in 2013 represented the highest total in a season since the division realignment in 2002. The Cards finished 4-0 vs. the AFC South and 3-1 vs. the NFC South. They also had a 4-4 road record in ’13, marking the team’s best since 2009 (6-2) and the ninth time since the 1970 merger that the team had a .500 record or better on the road.

INDIANAPOLIS: Arians came to AZ after one season with the Colts. In addition to offensive coordinator, he served 12 games as interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was treated for leukemia. Arians was selected as the 2012 AP NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Colts to a 9-3 record and a playoff berth while tying the NFL record for most wins ever by an interim coach.

Indy’s nine-win improvement (2-14 to 11-5) matched the third-largest single-season turnaround in NFL history. The Colts went through the 2012 season without consecutive losses and were 9-1 in games decided by one score or less.

Arians helped the Colts rank 10th in the NFL (362.4 ypg) in total offense and 7th in passing (258 ypg) and featured rookies that combined for 3,108 yards rushing and receiving, the most of any team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger according to STATS LLC. The Colts completed 65 passes of 20 yards or more that season, ranking third in the NFL (Detroit-67, New Orleans-66).

Rookie QB Andrew Luck, the first overall selection in the 2012 draft, made the Pro Bowl and set NFL rookie single-season records for the most passing yards (4,374), most attempts (627) and 300-yard passing games (six). He also set the NFL single-game rookie record for most passing yards (433, 11/4 vs. Miami). Luck finished third on the NFL's rookie list for TD passes (23) and set the franchise record for rushing TDs by a quarterback (five). His passer rating of 76.5 also was a franchise rookie record. He led the Colts on seven game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or OT, the most by a rookie QB since the 1970 merger.

PITTSBURGH: Prior to Indy, Arians spent eight seasons with the Steelers, five as offensive coordinator (2007-2011) and three as wide receivers coach (2004-2006). During his tenure as offensive coordinator, the Steelers recorded a 55-25 record, tying the Packers for the second-best mark in the NFL in that span. Pittsburgh won three AFC North Division titles, two AFC Championships and earned a victory in Super Bowl XLIII over the Cardinals. Arians was also part of the Steelers Super Bowl XL win as the team’s wide receivers coach.

Arians was instrumental in the development of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, helping him become the second-youngest quarterback to win two Super Bowls (26 years, 336 days). In 2007, Roethlisberger was selected to his first Pro Bowl and broke Terry Bradshaw’s team record for touchdown passes in a season (32). Roethlisberger also finished that season with a team-record passer rating of 104.1.

In 2009, the Steelers offense became the first in team history to boast a 4,000-yard passer (Roethlisberger), two 1,000-yard receivers (Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Rashard Mendenhall) in the same season. The team also broke franchise records for passing first downs (210) and passes completed (351).

Arians also helped Hines Ward develop into one of the top receivers in the game. In his eight seasons with Arians, Ward was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl and was named Super Bowl XL MVP after finishing with 123 receiving yards and a touchdown. Ward also became the Steelers all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and TDs. In 2010, Ward became the first receiver in Steelers history and fifth in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards.

In his first season in Pittsburgh (2007), Arians helped the Steelers rank third in the NFL in rushing (2,168 yards) and running back Willie Parker finished fourth in the league with 1,316 rushing yards that season, earning a Pro Bowl selection.

MORE NFL COACHING CAREER: Prior to joining the Steelers, Arians spent three seasons (2001-2003) as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. In 2002 under his guidance, the Browns scored their most points (344) since 1987 and also improved in virtually every major offensive category.

In his first of what would be two stints with the Colts, Arians spent 1998-2000 as the team’s quarterback coach, working under offensive coordinator Tom Moore. Arians tutored Peyton Manning in his first three seasons in the league and helped him earn Pro Bowl nods in his second and third seasons (1999-2000). In 2000, Manning set then team single-season records for passing yards (4,413), completions (357), 300-yard games (5), and touchdown passes (33). The 33 TD passes broke the mark established by Johnny Unitas in 1959.

Arians’ first job in the NFL was with Kansas City as the team’s running backs coach for four seasons (1989-92). With the Chiefs, Arians tutored running back Christian Okoye, who was selected to two Pro Bowls (1989, 1991). Okoye led the league in both rushing attempts (370) and rushing yards (1,480) during the 1989 season and also rushed for 1,031 yards in 1991. Arians spent the ’96 season in New Orleans as the Saints tight ends coach.

COLLEGE COACHING CAREER: Arians began his coaching career in 1975 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater and then was elevated to running backs coach. From 1978-80, he coached RBs and WRs at Mississippi State before moving within the SEC to Alabama where he worked under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He coached Crimson Tide running backs for two seasons (1981-82) before becoming one of the youngest head coaches in Division I history when Temple University hired him in 1983 at the age of 30. He spent six seasons (1983-88) coaching the Owls but was let go following the 1988 season. Eight stops and two-plus decades later he became a head coach again when he earned the job in Arizona in 2013.

PERSONAL: As a collegiate quarterback at Virginia Tech (1972-74) Arians was voted the team’s MVP as a senior. He finished his college career with 78 completions on 174 attempts for 1,270 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions in addition to rushing for 539 yards and 14 touchdowns on 135 carries. Arians set a school single-season record for rushing TDs by a QB with 11 in 1974, a mark that was tied by 2014 Cardinals draft pick Logan Thomas in 2009.

A native of Paterson, NJ, Arians grew up in York, PA where he met his wife, Christine. The couple has two children - son, Jake, and daughter, Kristi Anne – as well as a granddaughter named Presley.

Photos

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    DT Tommy Kelly: Seven tackles, tackle for loss, blocked field goal
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    S Tony Jefferson: 26 tackles, sack
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    QB Drew Stanton: 32-62, 411 yards, 2 TD
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    S Rashad Johnson: 19 tackles, sack, fumble recovery
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    QB Carson Palmer: 24-37, 304 yards, 2 TD

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