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Bruce Arians Joins Greg Gumbel, Trent Green in CBS Broadcast Booth

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, looks on prior to their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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CBS Sports announced Thursday that former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is set to join one of its NFL broadcast teams alongside Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl for the 2018 season.

"I always hoped that broadcasting would be an option after I retired from coaching as a way to stay involved with this great game," Arians said. "I am thrilled to have that opportunity with such a class organization as CBS Sports. As I begin my new career in the broadcast booth, I am excited to join Greg, Trent and Jamie and look forward to learning from them, as well as sharing my passion and knowledge for the game with the fans."

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus expressed confidence that Arians, who retired in January after a coaching career that spanned more than four decades, will make a seamless transition to television.

"Combining his contemporary football insight, having just stepped off the sidelines, along with his personality and unique manner in which he delivers his analysis, we are confident Bruce will develop into an insightful, entertaining and informative analyst alongside Greg and Trent," McManus said.

Arians' first head coaching job came at Temple University from 1983 to 1988. He then spent 24 years as an assistant at the collegiate and pro levels before getting another chance to lead a staff, taking over as the Indianapolis Colts' interim coach in 2012 after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia.

A 9-3 mark with Indy earned Arians the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Award. He was then hired by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 after Pagano returned to the Colts.

Arians led the Cards to a 49-30-1 record across five seasons. The team earned two playoff berths and advanced to the NFC Championship Game in 2015 before losing to the Carolina Panthers. Arizona went 8-8 during his final year in charge.

His .619 winning percentage ranks 28th in NFL history, per Pro Football Reference. He'd rank 20th at .636 if his record with the Colts was included, but those games aren't official since he was an interim coach.

In joining Gumbel, Green and Erdahl, Arians becomes part of a team that was third on CBS Sports' proverbial NFL depth chart last season.

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