It’s fairly well known by now that Bruce Arians, who was the last coach hired in the hiring-coaches round of 2013, nearly became the Bears’ head coach before he even interviewed with the Cardinals. But the Bears decided to go with Marc Trestman. That obviously turned out well for the Cards and not so well for the Bears, who fired Trestman after last season and have moved on to John Fox.
Arians, of course, has won 21 games in two years with the Cardinals (even without his starting quarterback for 10 games last season) and won Coach of the Year in 2014. Since the two teams are playing each other Sunday, it’s not hard to see why this might be brought up in Chicago, and Arians was asked about it this morning by the Chicago media.
“They were the first ones to put paperwork in for me, first ones I gave an interview to, and I felt very comfortable,” Arians said. “(The Bears) were great. It was a day I thought went very well. They made a decision and I went on with it.”
Asked if he was surprised about not getting an offer from the Bears, Arians acknowledged he had been.
“When I left, I thought I don’t think anything could have been any better throughout the whole day,” Arians said. “I didn’t look back thinking I did anything wrong. It was just their decision.”
Arians said he never did hear from the Bears why they went with Trestman. But he also chuckled when it was pointed out that things have worked out pretty well for Arians.
“I’m just happy they said no,” Arians said to the Arizona media later Wednesday.
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