Lott's departure had been in the making

Anyone who was around the Arizona Cardinals on a daily basis last season knew their relationship with strength coach John Lott wasn't going to last much longer than last season.

In a statement released Friday, the Cardinals said: "Coach Arians let John know this morning that he's making a change and going in a different direction in that role. Everyone at the team is certainly grateful to John for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. The search for a replacement is underway."

All it took was a look at Lott's T-shirt.

When Arians took over last January, he made T-shirts for all the players and coaches, mainly for offseason condition, with three words on the back: "Trust, Loyalty, Respect." They were the tenets upon which Arians built his coaching philosophy.

Everyone wore them -- except Lott.

He continued to wear his shirt from the days of Ken Whisenhunt, with the phrase "Get your mind right" on the back. It was clear there was a disconnect but for whatever reason, Arians couldn't part ways with Lott last season when he let the remaining coaching staff go.

Lott was best known for his role as the spotter on the bench press at the NFL combine. He had done it for 16 straight years before he missed 2013's combine. Lott was back this year.