SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians will be able to enjoy Super Bowl weekend from the comfort of his Arizona home instead of battling the brutal cold of New York City.
The reigning NFL Coach of the Year won’t be attending the NFL Honors ceremony to collect his second straight award.
“I think I came in fifth,” Arians said after playing in the Annexus Pro-Am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Arians won the award last season after going 9-3 as the Indianapolis Colts’ interim head coach.
This year, his competition was tougher with Kansas City’s Andy Reid and Carolina’s Ron Rivera leading the charge for the honor.
Arians, however, made a stiff case.
In his first season in Arizona, he turned the Cardinals into a 10-6 team on the verge of the playoffs after a 5-11 campaign in 2012.
The last coach to win back-to-back coach of the year awards was Joe Gibbs in 1982 and ’83.