Bruce Arians: The NFL’s Ultimate Quarterback Whisperer

August 20, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Standing behind the wet bar in Suite 1036 at the Renaissance Hotel, the clock approaching midnight, the 62-year-old former bartender pours a Crown and Coke and pushes it to his current boss, who happens to be the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals. He cracks open a Coors Light and slides it to a head-turning young woman, who is a fashion designer working on his wardrobe.
"You've got sizzle," she purrs to the bartender. "You've got style."
The bartender, a noted Crown Royal sipper, lifts a red plastic cup filled with Captain Morgan and Coke to his lips. "This is what I drink when I'm not drinking," he says, winking, a liquid glimmer of mischief filling his eyes.
It is early August, and Bruce Arians, the reigning NFL Coach of Year who bartended his way through Virginia Tech back in the 1970s, is in the team's unofficial training-camp headquarters, which doubles as his living quarters. Outside the windows, a quarter-mile away, stands University...

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