The Secrets of Bruce Arians’ Success: Style, Risk, an Open Mind…and Old Guys

January 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Night before the game. Hotel ballroom. All Cardinals players present.
Bruce Arians walks to the front of the room.
The noise stops.
He speaks.
"Tomorrow, are you going to be the guy who says, 'My bad?' Or are you going to be the guy who makes the plays?"
He walks out of the room.
Meeting over.
That's it. That's how he does it. That's how Arians reaches his team.
And that's a big part of how the Cardinals have achieved so much this season, winning 13 games, earning the bye and home-field advantage against the Packers on Saturday.
He hits the right message in the right way at the right time.
"He has a great sense of where the team is," Cardinals pass rusher Dwight Freeney said. "He connects. Sometimes you go in a team meeting the night before a game and the coach will talk for 30 minutes and not say anything. You are like, 'Come on. We've heard this.'
"You never get that with B.A. If he talks for a long time, it's because he needs to...

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