Steelers O-Line Coach Mike Munchak Emerges as a Top Candidate for the Cardinals Coaching Position

The Cardinals are still in the market for a head coach, and one name that has popped up as a solid candidate is that of Mike Munchak, currently the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach.

With the Steelers being eliminated from the playoffs this past weekend, the Cards can right away chat with Munchak, and it could be a perfect fit for he and team.

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Retires From the NFL

Carson Palmer, the Cardinals starting quarterback the past five years, announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon, joining one of his former coaches, Bruce Arians, who stepped down on Monday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Palmer, 38, ended his last season on injured reserve after suffering a broken left arm against the Rams in London in Week 7.

Bruce Arians Leaving the Cardinals as Head Coach After Five Seasons

The Cardinals will be in the market for a new head coach, as Bruce Arians is walking away after five seasons leading the team.

Ian Rapoport stated on Twitter that it sounds like Arians is going to try his hand in the media.

#AZCardinals coaches are walking into a team meeting now where Bruce Arians will tell them he is retiring. He has a media agent. ? future?

Another tweet from Rapoport says that the Cards are going to look at Vikings OC Pat Shurmer, who does have prior coaching experience as head coach of the Browns.

Report: Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians Likely Done After Sunday’s Game

Here we go again, as today another report is out that Cards coach Bruce Arians is going to be walking away from the team after the club’s Sunday finale.

Arians is likely to step away after the season but hasn’t yet told the Cardinals his plans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 65-year-old Arians has had a number of health problems, and his Cardinals have declined over the last two years and may need to go through a painful rebuilding period. So it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Arians decides it’s time to retire.

It’s been an on again, off again report most of the season that Arians is leaving the team, and only time will finally tell if this comes true or not.

One Possible Replacement for Bruce Arians Won’t Be Coming to the Cardinals

There was some chatter on Thursday about possibly the Cardinals going after Jets head coach Todd Bowels if Bruce Arians does decide to part ways with the Cards after the season finale on Sunday.

It won’t happen now, as today it was announced that the Jets have extended Bowels’ contract, along with Jets current general manager Mike Maccagnan.

So if Arians does decide to leave, the Cardinals search for a new head coach won’t include the current head coach of the Jets.

Could the Cardinals Go After Jets Coach Todd Bowels If Bruce Arians Steps Down?

There are “rumblings in league circles” that the Cardinals would have interest in current Jets head coach Todd Bowles if Bruce Arians opts for retirement according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Bowles was the defensive coordinator in Arizona under Arians for two seasons before landing the Jets job. Costello says Bowles was “extremely popular with ownership” in the desert, and they would be interested in bringing him back. That is unlikely to happen, however, as right now it looks like Jets ownership plans to keep Bowles for 2018. if the Cardinals choose to trade for their next head coach, Bill O’Brien of the Texans would make more sense as a target than Bowles.

Cardinals FS Antoine Bethea’s Season Over with Torn Pec Muscle

Cardinals free safety Antoine Bethea is done for the season with a torn pectoral muscle according to Darren Urban of CardsChatter.com.

It is unclear whether the injury will require surgery. Originally a sixth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts out of Howard University way back in 2006, Bethea has enjoyed a bounce-back season in his first year in Arizona. The 12-year veteran has graded out as the No.10-overall safety in Pro Football Focus’s rankings.

At 33 years old, however, it is never a certainty that a play can or will choose to return from a serious injury like this. Bethea is under contract to the Cardinals through 2019 and his solid play this season should give him a sure spot on the 53-man roster if he chooses to keep playing.

Not so Fast: New Report Says Bruce Arians Not Leaving the Cardinals After Season

Refuting a story from Pro Football Weekly on Monday morning, Dianna Russini of ESPN says Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians does not plan to step down at the end of the season.

ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss adds the report is “100 percent not true.” This directly contradicts PFW, who claim that Arians and the Cardinals have “agreed to part ways” after the season. The coaching carousel is spinning even harder than usual this season with many observers expecting a record number of teams to jettison their coaching staffs.

The 65-year-old Arians is signed through 2018 but has dealt with several health issues the past couple of years and could opt to retire after consecutive losing seasons. In five seasons in the desert, he is 49-30-1 in five seasons including a trip to the NFC Championship game in 2015.

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