February 22, 2013
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians might not have his quarterback at the moment, but he doesn't sound like he's close to joining the mobile quarterback movement.
Arians said this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine that he was a quarterback "traditionalist," and spoke in near-dismissive terms about the growing prevalence of read option systems.
"The more you put the QB in harms way, the more harm will come to him," he said.
That explains that he has, in fact, seen film of the offensive line he inherited in Arizona.
If there is a trend, Arians said, it will be on the other side of the ball, as pro coaches dip into the college ranks for assistants more accustomed to defending mobile quarterbacks.
The Cardinals aren't dealing from a position of strength at the moment, and can't limit their search for answers.
But Arians clearly has a specific idea of what he wants, and a quarterback running around isn't it.