In his first season at the helm of the Red Birds, the 60-year-old Arians has led them to just their fourth winning season since moving to Arizona in 1988.
Not only that but Arians is the first Cardinals coach since Norm Barry back in 1925 to record at least nine wins in his first season. Only the 2009 squad has reached double-digit wins for the franchise after the move from St. Louis. No group has won 11.
Remember, the Cards were just 5-11 in 2012. This year he has the Red Birds soaring at 9-5 and in the thick of the playoff race in the NFC.
They're going to need some help to get there but with just two games remaining, every game is crucial.
“It’s still grind it out every day and see if we can win 10. Ten has kind of been the benchmark since the team moved to Arizona. Those would be nice, but they don’t mean anything if you don’t get to the dance," Arians said via azcardinals.com.
With games left at Seattle and home to San Francisco, it's a tough road ahead for the Cardinals. Making the playoffs is never easy. Arizona could win their last two games and finish at 11-5 and still not make the playoffs. That possibility has not been lost on Arians, the 2012 NFL Coach of the Year with the Colts.
"I'm used to winning the division at 11-5," Arians said. "It's a great division and the NFC is playing extremely well this year. We'll just wait and see."
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