Again in 2017, Arians coached the Arizona Cardinals and the workforce was planning to choose Mahomes with the draft’s No. 13 general choose, league sources informed ESPN. Previous to that draft, the Cardinals despatched a big contingent of officers, together with Arians and workforce president Michael Bidwell, to Texas Tech to work out Mahomes.
What they noticed that day stayed with them.
“He in all probability had the very best exercise of any child I went and labored out personally — he and Andrew Luck had been the 2 by far on the board,” Arians recalled this previous week whereas getting ready for Sunday’s sport towards Mahomes. “Unbelievable potential.”
Arizona deliberate to take Mahomes and even tried to commerce up within the draft to get him. However earlier than they might, the Chiefs beat them to it, buying and selling as much as the No. 10 spot, three slots in entrance of Arizona.
That modified the course of each franchises, and Arians shall be reminded of it once more Sunday. The Cardinals stayed at No. 13, drafted Temple linebacker Haason Reddick in 2017 after which quarterback Josh Rosen in 2018.
Arians retired as coach after the 2017 season earlier than returning to the league as Tampa Bay’s coach forward of the 2019 season.
That day that the Cardinals spent in Lubbock, Texas, additionally helped result in one other end result. It gave Cardinals officers the possibility to spend in depth time with then-Crimson Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury, who left his personal mark on workforce officers.
One 12 months later, Arizona employed Kingsbury as its head coach.
Arizona misplaced out on Mahomes however landed Kingsbury, which additionally led to touchdown Kyler Murray.