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2021 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK 31
Arians posted three seasons with double-digit wins as the head coach
of the Cardinals, including tying the then-franchise best with 11 in 2014. The
following season, Arizona established a new franchise record with 13 wins,
which also featured the team’s first-ever postseason bye and second-ever
appearance in the NFC Championship Game.
Under Arians, the Cardinals offense set several single-season team
records, including points scored (489 in 2015), total touchdowns (59 in
2015), total net yards (6,533 in 2015) and first downs (373 in 2015). Arians
also helped coach individual players to some of the best seasons of their
careers. In 2015, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer set franchise records
for passing yards (4,671), passing touchdowns (35), yards per attempt (8.70)
and passer rating (104.6) en route to a Pro Bowl selection. In 2016, running
back David Johnson established new team records for rushing touchdowns
(16), total touchdowns (20) and yards from scrimmage (2,118), while leading
the NFL in total touchdowns and yards from scrimmage. Wide receiver Larry
Fitzgerald posted the top three seasons for receptions in Cardinals history
under Arians and ranked third in the NFL in catches during that span.
Arians came to Arizona after spending the 2012 season with Indianapolis.
Hired as the team’s offensive coordinator, he also served as the team’s
interim coach for 12 games while head coach Chuck Pagano was treated
for leukemia. He led the Colts to a 9-3 record and was selected as the 2012
AP NFL Coach of the Year. Indianapolis’ nine-win improvement (2-14 to 11-5)
matched the third-largest single-season turnaround in NFL history.
Arians helped the Colts’ offense rank 10th in the NFL in yards (362.4 ypg)
and seventh in passing yards (258.0 ypg). Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck –
the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft – made the Pro Bowl and set rookie
records for passing yards (4,374) and 300-yard passing games (six). He also
established the NFL single-game rookie record for passing yards (433, 11/4
vs. Miami). Luck finished with the then-third-most passing touchdowns by a
rookie in NFL history, with 23.
Prior to his time with the Colts, Arians spent eight seasons with the
Steelers, five as offensive coordinator (2007-11) and three as the wide
receivers coach (2004-06). During his tenure as the offensive coordinator,
the Steelers had a 55-25 record, tying Green Bay for the second-best mark
in the NFL during 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.
Under Arians’ guidance, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger put
together some of the best seasons in team history, establishing a thenfranchise
record with 32 touchdown passes in 2007, recording a thenteam
record 4,328 passing yards in 2009 and registering a career-high and
Steelers-record 104.1 passer rating in 2007. Roethlisberger earned his first
career Pro Bowl selection in 2007 under Arians.
In 2009, the Steelers’ offense became the first team in NFL history to have
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
Before joining the Steelers, Arians spent three seasons as the offensive
coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2001-03). He joined Cleveland after
spending three seasons with the Colts as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
Working with offensive coordinator Tom Moore, Arians helped tutor Peyton
Manning during his first three seasons in the league and helped him earn Pro
Bowl berths in 1999 and 2000.
Arians’ first NFL job was with the Kansas City Chiefs, working as the team’s
running backs coach for four seasons (1989-92). There he helped Christian
Okoye to two Pro Bowl selections (1989, 1991). Arians also spent the 1996
season as the tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Arians’ coaching career began as a graduate assistant at his alma mater,
Virginia Tech, in 1975, before being elevated to running backs coach in 1977.
He spent 1978-80 with Mississippi State as the school’s running backs/wide
receivers coach before coaching the running backs at Alabama for two
seasons (1981-82) under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Arians would
later return to Mississippi State (1993-95) and Alabama (1997) to serve as
the offensive coordinator for the respective schools. He became 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 coaching the Owls (1983-88).
Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Arians grew up in York, Pennsylvania, and
played quarterback at Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Christine, have two
children – son, Jake, and daughter, Kristi Anne, as well as granddaughters,
Presley and Brylee, and grandsons, Asher and Mills.
ARIANS AT A GLANCE
1972-74 Virginia Tech, Player
1975-76 Virginia Tech, Graduate Assistant
1977 Virginia Tech, Running Backs
1978-80 Mississippi State, Running Backs/Wide Receivers
1981-82 Alabama, Running Backs
1983-88 Temple, Head Coach
1989-92 Kansas City Chiefs, Running Backs
1993-95 Mississippi State, Offensive Coordinator
1996 New Orleans Saints, Tight Ends
1997 Alabama, Offensive Coordinator
1998-00 Indianapolis Colts, Quarterbacks
2001-03 Cleveland Browns, Offensive Coordinator
2004-06 Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receivers
2007-11 Pittsburgh Steelers, Offensive Coordinator
2012 Indianapolis Colts, Offensive Coordinator/Interim Head Coach
2013-17 Arizona Cardinals, Head Coach
2019- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Head Coach