You haven’t seen the last of Bruce Arians in the NFL. Since Arians’ premature retirement from coaching due to health concerns, he hasn’t sounded like a man ready to kick his feet up and retire to some beach or swing on a hammock or move to Florida. Arians is reportedly interested in replacing a head coach who just made his long-awaited return to coaching. On Friday, Arians told ESPN that he’s interested in hopping into the “Monday Night Football” booth and bringing his smooth baritone voice to broadcasting.
“Oh gosh, I’d be interested,” Arians said. “I don’t think they’re interested in me. But that would be like the dream job, especially working with someone as good as Sean [McDonough]. That’d be fun. That’s obviously a home run.”
“I want to be part of the game,” Arians said. “When you’re doing games, you do a lot of traveling — good, bad, indifferent. You’re in the locker room, you’re doing production meetings with players and coaches. In a studio, you get a broader perspective, maybe you can tell more stories. I’m probably a better storyteller.”
“Monday Night Football” has turned to retired coaches to fill their booth before. Jon Gruden and John Madden are the most prominent examples. However, Madden was a broadcasting mainstay by the time he joined the “Monday Night Football” team and Gruden was in his 40s. At 65, Arians is an unconventional rookie broadcaster. If he doesn’t catch on at the Worldwide Leader, then there are other outlets and days of the week for Arians to enter your living room through. The former Cardinals head coach has also met with Fox and the NFL Network. He’s also scheduled to meet with CBS next month.