When Bruce Arians was a head coach at Temple University at the outset of his career, he was suffering from multiple migraine headaches by his final season there.
“The day I got fired I never had another migraine,” the Cardinals’ coach said Monday. “I know what stress can do to you.”
It was an NFL weekend that put the hard lifestyle on display. Broncos coach John Fox was hospitalized on his bye weekend and will miss several weeks after having surgery to replace a heart valve, while Texans coach Gary Kubiak was taken in an ambulance to the hospital Sunday night after collapsing at halftime of his team’s game against Indianapolis.
Fox will be replaced with Jack Del Rio, while Kubiak’s situation – the Cardinals host Houston Sunday – remains an unknown after defensive
“It’s not a full-time job,” Arians said. “It’s a keep-the-seat-warm type of thing, which is a good feeling for an assistant because you know your guy is coming back, and hopefully Gary will be back.”
Arians keep everything status quo in Indianapolis last year, which helped the Colts. Kubiak’s absence seemed to affect the Texans Sunday night, especially as Houston’s play caller.
“(Losing a coach) can probably go both ways, especially if the leadership is not in the locker room,” said cornerback
Del Rio said in his Monday press conference he wanted to reach out to Arians to talk about what it was like for Arians. That hadn’t happened by the time Arians spoke Monday, and Arians – while open to it – said it wasn’t necessary.
“He doesn’t need any advice,” Arians said. “The biggest thing I learned during that was just do my job.”
Arians said one of the best things to do for a coach is to make sure he is exercising, although just taking 30 or 40 minutes to do so is difficult because a coach feels like he is hurting the team because he isn’t working. But an inability to stay healthy is something else that would hurt the team.
“You have to learn to deal with it and live with it,” Arians said, “because it’s a big part of the job.”
ADDING A TIGHT END
The Cardinals agreed to terms with veteran tight end
“We really like what we saw as far as a veteran player at that position,” Arians said.
“We’ll get him in here and get him taught – don’t know if we’ll throw him to the wolves right off the bat,” Arians added.
The Cards also lost wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad, after Taylor signed with Jacksonville.
MENDENHALL BACK AT PRACTICE
Because it was a “bonus” practice thanks to the bye weekend, the Cardinals did not put out an injury report Monday, but Arians said everyone was pretty healthy aside from wide receiver
Back on the field was running back