TEMPE, Ariz.- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is known for speaking his mind and not mincing words.
On Friday, the Cardinals held a coaching clinic for high school football coaches, and Arians told the crowd how important teaching fundamentals are to helping the game grow moving forward.
Arians said in part:
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 also said that teaching the fundamentals will be important in helping the game grow at all levels.
He told an anecdote about how a few of the Cardinals recent draft picks had never been in a huddle before because of the large number of spread offenses being run at the high school and college levels. Arians also said that the changes to the game at the lower levels have changed how they’ve drafted and set expectation levels for players.
“We’re drafting offensive lineman, and paying them a million dollars, that have never been in a three-point stance,” said Arians. “So we have to go back and reevaluate how we draft players and expectation levels of those players because of fundamentals.”