For 48 years the Super Bowl has been played in a city without the NFL team in that city being represented in the game, but Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks it’s time for that to change.
Super Bowl XLIX is at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. and Arians said, “There is no reason we can’t be the first team to play a home Super Bowl. Absolutely no reason.”
“I ain’t afraid of it,” Arians said, via the Cardinals’ official website. “We played well at the end of the season. If we can do that early, the confidence of the core of the team is back. Our leadership is back. We are talented enough. Talent is not the issue. I told them that last year but they didn’t believe me until it was too late.”
The Cardinals went 10-6 in Arians’ first season in the dessert, including winning seven of the team’s final nine games with both losses by a field goal.
However, the 2014 team will enter the season as the third best team in the NFC West on paper behind the reigning Super Bowl champs and the San Francisco 49ers who have been to three straight NFC Championship Games. This doesn’t even include the up-and-coming St. Louis Rams as the NFC West will once again comprise the toughest division in the NFL.
We’ll chalk this one up to coach speak more than a guarantee, but you have to be encouraged if you’re a Cardinals fan because Arians has proven he should not be taken lightly dating back to 2012 when he won the Coach of the Year award with the Indianapolis Colts.