Near the end of the regular season, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells said that he was only concerned with putting good performances on film for the other 31 teams in the league because he was certain he wouldn’t be back with Arizona in 2013.
The situation looks a little different now. Coach Ken Whisenhunt, who benched Wells after a fumble in the game preceding those comments and with whom Wells never saw “eye to eye: this season, has been fired and Wells is singing a different tune about remaining with the Cardinals. He’s looking forward to a chance to show Bruce Arians and the rest of the new Cardinals coaches what he can do on the ice.
“I am excited about Coach Arians,” Wells said, via FoxSportsArizona.com. “I’ve never had a problem with going out and proving myself, but this couldn’t have happened at a better time for me. I think it’s a way for me to get a fresh start under a new coaching staff. It’s a chance to let them form their own opinions of me instead of going off of the past.”
Wells is signed for a bit more than $1.1 million in 2013, the final year on his contract, so money won’t be the thing that forces Wells out of Arizona. Wells will need to prove his worth to a team in transition on the field, though, because the performances he did put on film didn’t do him many favors this year.