Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has endured two health scares this season and, after contemplating retirement a few years ago, some in the coaching community expect him to do the same again this winter. Arians' health has been a concern in the past and he has talked of fearing for his life at times in past years due to health complications.
Arians has done a tremendous job with the Cardinals, and a team official compared any rumors of him possibly retiring after the season to an internet hoax, inferring they lacked any merit. But many coaches who know Arians, 64, well believe he will reconsider his career path after the season and assert that some in the coach's family will urge him to retire.
Arians, a cancer survivor, was hospitalized Nov. 21 and released shortly thereafter. He was also hospitalized in the preseason when the Cardinals were training in San Diego.
Arians is signed through the 2018 season and has been a bedrock through this difficult season, with the Cardinals in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs after reaching the NFC Championship Game last season. He and Bill Belichick are the second-oldest coaches in the NFL, to Pete Carroll (65). Arians has forged a strong alliance with Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, with the franchise attaining a rare stretch of sustained success.