Super Bowl LV has so many ex-Arizona Cardinals in it it’s not even funny. Heck, even the location is the same as where the team was 2:37 away from a Lombardi trophy. On top of all this, the winningest head coach in team history is leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a lot of the same staff he had here in the desert. Seeing Bruce Arians have the chance to potentially win a Super Bowl stings.
This is what Arians got Arizona so close to. Whether you want to blame injuries on the defensive side or they were just clearly outmatched, Arizona’s dreams turned into a nightmare on January 26th, 2016. So how fitting is it that the nightmare continues 12 years later.
I know there are Cardinals fans who are rooting for Arians to win and I can understand that. I just can’t bring myself to do the same. All that’s ever happened to this team is that our best players go somewhere else and earn a ring. There is also something weird about how it all ended with Arians.
With the team finishing 8-8 after an exhilarating win in Seattle, Arians retired on the spot at the end of the 2017 season. Then he did a year of broadcasting, and then shocked the league when he got hired for the Tampa Bay job. The Cardinals technically still had his rights, and Tampa Bay had to cough up a measly 6th round pick. Wasn’t this the same guy who said if an assistant coach misses a family game/event where their kids are playing or performing he would fire them?
That’s only added to the confusion of it all. You mean to tell me that the best HC the team’s ever had is only worth a 6th? After suffering through the Jameis Winston interception-fest 2019 season, he landed a gift from the football gods with Tom Brady. This seems almost too good to be true, and with the amount of talent and big names on paper it brought back memories of the Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team”, but Tampa Bay has actually won games.
Personally, I can’t stand anymore of Brady and Arians. Maybe it’d be a little less unbearable if they didn’t revert to their boring Jon Gruden-era uniforms (and I’m not saying their previous ones were better). I’ve had enough of Arians talking the way he does. And to see Brady in 50% of the Super Bowls I’ve actually watched is impressive but disgusting at the same time.
I am rooting for Kansas City to save the football world from the worst possible outcome- another off-season of hearing “Brady this, Brady that”. On top of the fact that somehow Brady has calmed down the volatile Antonio Brown into not being a cancerous diva is something that no one has been able to do.
Kansas City saved us from the big-talking San Francisco 49ers last year. Am I jealous? I think it’s safe to say that a little bit. But after things have settled, where do you, the fans stand on all do this? I’m hoping the Chiefs do it again, and maybe Bruce Arians can have another stinger to end the season.