Arians, twice the NFL's coach of the year during his career with the Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts, announced his departure at a tearful press conference the day after a season-ending 26-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. "Quite simply, I just know". But he never was able to regain that form, taking a step back last season and suffering a season-ending injury in the Cardinals' 33-0 loss in London this season to the Los Angeles Rams.
Quarterback Carson Palmer, the 2002 Heisman Trophy victor and No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, has announced his retirement after 15 seasons. Palmer was a three-time Pro-Bowler, going in 2005 and 2006 with the Bengals and then again in 2015 after a renaissance with the Cardinals.
The 2002 Heisman Trophy victor finishes his 14-year National Football League career with 46,247 passing yards and 294 touchdown passes, both now the 12th highest marks in National Football League history. "I'll miss coming out of the locker room, hearing the national anthem, because it still gets me".
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The 49-year-old spent four seasons as the Director of Football Operation for Houston's Week 17 opponent, the Indianapolis Colts . This disappointing campaign, which featured injuries to star defensive end J.J.
In terms of team success, Palmer fell a little short of expectations for a 1st overall pick.
The retirement of Palmer and Arians, as well as the expected retirement of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, leaves the Cardinals at a crossroads heading into the offseason. Gruden won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season, but has not coached since 2008 after moving into commentary. To wrap up his career, Palmer landed in the Arizona desert in April of 2013 and spurred one of the most successful runs in the history of the Cardinals in that state, accumulating a 38-21-1 record as a starter. Veterans Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, who split starting duties after Palmer was injured, are both scheduled to become free agents. He also bows out with a 62.5 completion percentage and an 87.9 passer rating. He says something else stands out about his 15 years in the NFL.