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While Bruce Arians has yet to lead the Arizona Car

first_img While Bruce Arians has yet to lead the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl, chances are there are few coaches the organization would rather have in place.In three seasons under Arians, the Cardinals have won 34 regular season games, reached the playoffs twice, won the NFC West once and made it to the NFC Championship Game.His outspoken personality notwithstanding, it has become apparent that Arians was the right coach at the right time for an organization that was looking to become one of the NFL’s up-and-coming franchises. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On a national level, while Arians is not necessarily regarded as the best coach in football, the two-time AP NFL Coach of the Year is highly regarded enough to command a lot of attention and respect, as evidenced by SI.com writer Doug Farrar’s piece on assembling a dream coaching staff.While he gave the top job to New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, he named Arians the offensive coordinator.Farrar praises Arians’ personality — he says and does what he wants — in how the 63-year-old calls plays and coaches.Since our head coach spot is taken, we’ll give Arians the position of offensive coordinator, because there isn’t a play designer who has a better sense of alignment of scheme to personnel, and implementation of those schemes on the field.Arians brings a tremendously diverse, advanced playbook to the game. He’s a quarterback-friendly coach because he provides his signal-callers with a multiple passing offense that’s tough to decipher, but very favorable to his quarterbacks when they get it. Arians also makes defenses uneasy because his offensive concepts are designed to stretch them to their limit. His primary passing philosophy revolves around vertical routes to the back side, angular routes to the front side, and slant and over routes over the middle. If things are working correctly, the quarterback has a relatively easy open read at all times. And now, with David Johnson as the primary running back, Arians has speed and power in his running game. It’s got echoes of Sid Gillman and Don Coryell, but Arians has taken the deep passing game to a different level. He’s also a great head coach, but for our purposes, he’s a fine choice to run the ideal NFL offense.Last season, the Cardinals established franchise records for points, touchdowns, touchdown passes, total net yards, first downs and first down passing. They boasted the top-ranked offense in the NFL in terms of yards for the first time in team history, averaging a cool 408.3 per game. Arizona also scored 30  or more points nine times. While Arians’ selection on this hypothetical coaching staff will not come as a surprise to many, it may be shocking that he is not the only Cardinals coach to get a nod.Farrar chose Arizona receivers coach Darryl Drake for the same position in this exercise.Drake works under colorful play-caller Bruce Arians, which means that he (like most of Arizona’s offensive assistants) doesn’t get the recognition he deserves from the public. But someone’s got to guide the team’s receivers though that exacting and precise offense, which often gives younger receivers a greatly expanded diet of route concepts and overall schematic understanding. In addition, it’s a must that every Cardinals receiver must block, and Drake is in charge of that, as well. He also developed multiple receivers with the Bears from 2004 through 2012, despite a passing game that could charitably be called limited most of the time, and  before that, he spent over two decades in the college ranks, tutoring such future NFL receivers as Roy Williams and Hines Ward.While Drake, who joined the Cardinals’ staff when Arians took over in 2013, has had the good fortune of coaching a group of wideouts that includes future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, he has helped in the development of 2012 first-round pick Michael Floyd as well as less-heralded youngsters like John Brown, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches drills during an NFL football minicamp, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) If not for injuries that kept Floyd out of one game and slowed him in others, it is likely he would have joined Fitzgerald and John Brown in tallying at least 1,000 receiving yards this past season, which would have been the first time since 2008 when the Cardinals had three different players reach the milestone in the same season. – / 15 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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