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Bruce Arians: No Decision On My Future Yet

Coach insists he isn't thinking about next year yet, will talk with family after Seattle finale this weekend


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians speaks with Giants interim coach Steve Spagnuolo following Sunday's game.

Bruce Arians said he has not yet decided whether he will coach in 2018, and disputed reports to the contrary.

"If you want to ask me about this fake news story that has come up -- I'm quoting the President now -- nothing has changed," Arians said, chuckling. "I don't know where this (expletive) came from. Nothing has changed in the last month and a half, and everyone keeps asking me."

Arians was in good spirits talking about the subject, although he admitted he doesn't like that it is a constant question.

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

what we are going to do. I guess Larry (Fitzgerald) has put up with this for like, eight years, so I guess I can put up with it for one."

Arians said he will return from this weekend's game from Seattle, get everything settled from the season and then sit down with his family to talk about next year. He said the decision will come "between Monday and February, whenever (team president) Michael (Bidwill) lets me."

He said that while he and his wife Christine were OK with the forced retirement he was facing back in 2013 after being let go from the Steelers as offensive coordinator, Arians said he "hit the lottery" in terms of coaching when Colts coach Chuck Pagano hired him and then he was subsequently hired to be head coach of the Cardinals in 2013.

Arians notched his 49th win with the team on Sunday against the Giants, which tied Ken Whisenhunt for the most in franchise history. His 48 regular season wins are already the most among Cardinals head coaches.

Arians admitted one of the lures to stay is the fear of missing out on a potential Super Bowl. He said he is in better health than last season, and that makes it easier to want to continue. He added that he still loves what he is doing.

"I got up at 5 this morning and was excited to get here," Arians said. "That hasn't changed."

Bullish on the Cardinals' future even with long-term questions at quarterback – Arians said working

with a young quarterback is one of the "most exciting things in coaching" for him – he praised the roster's talent level and talked about a chance to work with a group that would get many players back from injured reserve.

One reason to return would be 2016 MVP candidate David Johnson, the running back who suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week One.

"That's a great one," Arians said. "About 2,000, maybe 2,500 good reasons."

He again complimented the defense and the unit's shutout of the Giants Sunday, the franchise's first shutout since 1992. It was noted that defensive coordinator James Bettcher had undergone criticism earlier in the season, before the unit had a resurgence the second half of the year.

"When you are not playing to what you should be playing, everyone is going to criticize you," Arians said. "Our team didn't play as well as we should have in September and October, overcoming the early injuries."

Along those lines, Arians said when asked about staff changes if he were to remain as head coach, he said "I wouldn't anticipate any."

Arians ran down a laundry list of reasons why he still loved coaching, noting the relationships he has built – including the players – and building a roster.

"There really isn't anything I don't like about it," Arians said.

Then why, he was asked, would he leave coaching?

Arians laughed. "Who said I am?" he said.

Images of coach Bruce Arians, who received a contract extension on Monday

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