By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NFL Head Coach Bruce Arians is joking that he’ll return to the sidelines next season. Arians said he would unretire if the Arizona Cardinals drafted former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Jackson is expected to be a first-round draft pick. The Cardinals are expected to draft a quarterback and could use their first rounder to get a quarterback, as Sam Bradford, who signed as a free agent, is not the long-term answer.
Arians, who turned around Carson Palmer’s career, said the team would be dynamic with Jackson and David Johnson, who is returning from an injury, in the backfield.
“That’s one guy I really am intrigued with because he can spin it and he’s been in a pro-style offense and he’s been hard coached by Bobby (Petrino),” he said. “He brings that unique skill-set, and it makes me look back at Vince Young. Vince could beat you and he was a heck of a leader. I don’t know why it didn’t work out for him, but listening to him now, telling his story, he’s like, ‘I didn’t put the time in.’ I think Lamar puts the time in. He’s going to get better, and he just brings that unique ability to break the game open with his legs.”
Arians, throughout his career, has normally been associated with pro-style quarterbacks. Yet, Jackson is more of a spread guy, yet the coach likes what he sees.
“He sits in there and flips it up the field,” Arians said. “He’s been in a pro-style offense. He’s more of a scrambler with designed runs. I don’t think I’d design runs for him. I would just let him, a la Russell Wilson, take what’s there, and whoosh, take off running.”
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