|FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians watches the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Indianapolis. The Arizona Cardinals confirmed in a release Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, that they have filled the league's final head coaching vacancy by hiring Arians. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)|
Cardinals hire Bruce Arians as head coach
Arians said his offense has some similarities, but many differences from the one implemented by Whisenhunt.
Arians emphasized the importance of building a close relationship with the quarterback.
‘‘As a head coach or an offensive coordinator, you’re tied to that guy,’’ Arians said. ‘‘Your future is him. You better realize that, and you better have a heck of a strong relationship so that when it’s really tough in the game, he’s telling you what he’s seeing, not what he thinks you might want to hear.’’
Quarterback is a major problem for Arizona. The only one of the four who got a start in the Cardinals’ 5-11 season that had any success was Kevin Kolb, and he went down with a rib injury in Week 6 and never returned.
Arians said the Cardinals must either improve what they have at the position or find a new one behind what he called ‘‘Door No. 2.’’
He said he would call the plays as head coach ‘‘until I can find someone who is going to do it better than me. I haven’t found him yet.’’
He said he would not leave Indianapolis for just any head coaching job.
‘‘I said early when some teams contacted my agent about setting up interviews,’’ he said, ‘‘I'm going to have a heck of a feeling about that organization, owner, general manager, team, to leave where I am right now.’’
Did he have that feeling with Arizona?
‘‘Yes,’’ he said. ‘‘I do.’’
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