The Arizona Cardinals are going to have Bruce Arians on the sideline for at least one more season.
Arians underwent surgery in February to remove a cancerous spot on one of his kidneys, as revealed in his new book, The Quarterback Whisperer. My energy has returned, he said in his new book via NFL.com. I’m told I’m cancer-free again. I’m ready for at least one more season of NFL football — maybe more.
Arians has been hospitalized three times in the past eight months. In August, he dealt with symptoms associated with Diverticulitis, which affects the digestive tract. Three months later, he received tests for chest pains after their Week 12 game against the Vikings.
The other problem is head coach Mike McCarthy. He’s only slightly better than John Fox at clock management, while also being predictable, conservative, and, to hear Greg Jennings tell it, lacks a killer instinct.
McCarthy’s got a 5-6 record in the playoffs since the Packers won Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Although Jennings was long gone by that point, no game better embodies his complaint than the 2015 NFC Championship game when the Packers had a 16-0 lead over the Seahawks in Seattle, before ultimately losing 28-22.
His decision to keep defensive coordinator Dom Capers around for 2017 won’t help solve the issue either.
But McCarthy’s Packers have been to the playoffs every year since 2009. They’ve won the NFC North* five out of the last six seasons. So why are you being so hard on poor Mike McCarthy, you ask?
*Please note that the NFC North also includes the Bears, Lions, and Vikings.
Consistency is nice. Never being able to transcend a certain level of comfort, however, is unacceptable in the NFL, even more so when Aaron Rodgers is your quarterback. Sometimes winning enough to get your team into the playoffs without ever being a real threat to win the Super Bowl isn’t acceptable anymore, or at least it shouldn’t it be.