Friday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians spoke at a coaches clinic at the team's Tempe facility, including the following comment about the future of football:
"This is our sport, it's being attacked. We have to stop it at the grass roots. It's the best game that's ever been invented. And we have to make sure that moms get the message, because that's who's afraid of our game right now. It's not dads, it's moms. Our job is to make sure the game is safe, at all levels. The head really has no business being in the game. There's a lot of different teachers, but when I was taught how to tackle, and how to block, it was on a two-man sled. You did it with your shoulder pads. That's still the best way to do it."
Arians released the following statement Sunday, to clear up any misinterpretations about his comment and also his view on football and moms:
"Just to clear about kids playing football, my point is that moms are often the ones making those decisions in a family. We have to make sure that they're getting the message about everything being done to make the game as safe as possible. They're the ones we have to influence. It's a great game and it's even greater when it's played, coached and taught the right way. Everybody involved with the sport has a responsibility to make that happen."