The Arizona Cardinals have filled the NFL's final head-coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The team confirmed the...
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have filled the NFL’s final head-coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
The team confirmed the hiring in a release Thursday night, saying Arians received a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year.
The 60-year-old longtime assistant went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia this season.
Arians arrived in Arizona on Wednesday night, had dinner with top team officials, then interviewed on Thursday.
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Arians also was a finalist for the Chicago job.
Arians was the sixth known candidate interviewed to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired after six seasons.
Whisenhunt landed in San Diego as the offensive coordinator for new head coach Mike McCoy.
Jags hire Bradley
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, 46, as the franchise’s fifth head coach.
“It was just a matter of time before Gus Bradley became a head coach in the NFL, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are extremely fortunate that Gus will be on our sidelines for many years to come,” general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. “Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach, and his intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional. Gus is who the Jaguars need now and in the future.”
• New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case was dismissed by a federal judge.
• Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly was introduced in Philadelphia as the Eagles coach, and proclaimed: “I’m all in. I think it was Cortez who burned the boats. I’ve burned the boats, so I’m not going back. I’m in. I’m an NFL coach, and this is where I want to be.”
• Rod Marinelli will not return as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator next season. New coach Marc Trestman said Marinelli has “made up his mind to move on.”
• The Cleveland Browns named former Chargers coach Norv Turner their offensive coordinator.
• The New England Patriots placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a forearm injury, guaranteeing he’ll miss the rest of the season.
• Cornerback Christopher Owens practiced with the Atlanta Falcons for the first time in nearly a month, but star defensive end John Abraham remained hobbled by an injured left ankle.
• Wide receiver and kick returner Devin Thomas has ended his brief retirement to sign with the Detroit Lions.