Most NFL coaches are fortunate if they get one franchise quarterback in their careers. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former quarterback himself, has had three of them in his NFL coaching career – Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.
“I always called Peyton a piranha,” said Arians, whose 3-0 Cardinals have a bye this week. “You could not feed him enough information. He could decipher it, use it, play with it. Ben knew his offense inside and out, but he just liked to play the game. He would beat you with his talent. Andrew is the combination of both. He’s the athlete and strength of Ben and he’s as cerebral as Peyton. I think he’s an unbelievable talent.”
Arians shared his insight on the Talk of Fame Network show this weekend with hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge. The Hall of Fame guys also visited with former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown about his wait for that call from Canton. He’s been a finalist five times and passed over five times. The Raiders lacked stability at the quarterback position throughout his career but that didn’t prevent Brown from catching 1,094 passes, fifth best all-time.
“I don’t think there is any Hall of Fame receiver who would have traded places with Tim Brown,” Brown said. “I would have traded places with Cris Carter, Certainly I would have traded places with Jerry (Rice), I would have traded with Andre Reed. I would have traded places with all these guys, but nobody wanted to trade places with Tim Brown.”
Arians also talked about the time he spent on Bear Bryant’s last staff at Alabama and what it takes to be a great quarterback in the NFL — a certain intangible.
“I always use the word `grit,’” Arians said. “They gotta have an arm and they gotta have brains, but the heart and soul of a leader is what I call true grit.”
Judge also presents the Hall of Fame case of Kevin Greene in the weekly State Your Case segment, Gosselin speaks on the return of the running game in the NFL this season in his Dr. Data segment, and Borges addresses whether or not 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is on the hot seat in his Borges or Bogus segment.
The guys also discuss one of the oldest records in the book – passing yards in a single game – and conclude the show with the always entertaining two-minute drill.
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