On January 1st Bruce Arians retired from coaching following five seasons with the Cardinals. The two-time AP NFL Coach of the Year doesn’t plan on coaching again at the age of 65 and is entertaining the idea of joining television.
Recently, Arians was asked about the idea of joining the Monday Night Football booth. Recognizing he would be a longshot for the coveted job opening, Arians admitted it’s an attractive position.
“Oh gosh, I’d be interested,” Arians told Josh Weinfuss, Arizona Cardinals writer for ESPN. “I don’t think they’re interested in me. But that would be like the dream job, especially working with someone as good as Sean [McDonough]. That’d be fun. That’s obviously a home run.”
After being fired as head football coach of Temple University in 1988, Arians provided TV color analysis during the first Pennsylvania high school championships with Philadelphia announcer Al Meltzer.
“I loved it,” Arians told Weinfuss regarding his brief tenure on television. “I went down and moms are crying, and I’m interviewing the moms on the field. I said, ‘You guys get paid to do this s—? This is fun.’ It’s always been in the back of my mind.”
Steve Young, Rex Ryan and Peyton Manning have been a few of the names mentioned to fill Jon Gruden’s chair on the Monday Night Football broadcast. Though it appear ESPN might have a favorite in Matt Hasselbeck with the network announcing Hasselbeck would work with McDonough during the Pro Bowl on January 28th. Hasselbeck spent the last two seasons on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and worked a game for Fox while he was still an active player in 2014.
Arians has not yet discussed the position with ESPN, but has spoken with Fox and the NFL Network. The former coach also has a meeting lined up with CBS in February and a second interview with Fox this week.