The Coach of the Year award has been given to Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians for leading an oft-injured to an 11-5 record.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians defied the odds by coaching his team to an 11-5 record even though they were not expected to get anywhere near the playoffs, and he earned Coach of the Year honors as a result.
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The Cardinals endured countless injuries and were even forced to play a third-string quarterback at the end of the season, but Arians continued to prove the Pittsburgh Steelers were wrong for forcing him out as offensive coordinator.
Ryan Lindley caused the Cardinals to lose their final three games of the season before they eventually fell to the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.
However, they continued to field one of the NFL’s elite defenses despite losing many key players to either injury or suspension.
Arians had previously won the Coach of the Year award in 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts after leading them to an AFC South title with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck following a 2-14 season.
NBC Sports announced Arians winning his Coach of the Year honors on Twitter.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) February 1, 2015