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Arians wants his coaches to have family time

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When training camps are in full swing and the football seems to run around the clock, it’s easy to forget the people in the business generally have families back home.

But Cardinals coach Bruce Arians reminded his assistants he wants them to take time, and not be the kind of coaches who brag about sleeping in the office so they can watch more film.

We’re not that style of staff,” Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “We get our work done, we go home. I told every guy, ‘if you miss one of your children’s events, shame on you.’

“I had to do that as a younger coach and I refuse to make my coaches do that. Before you know it, your kid’s in whiskers. And they’re gone.There’s plenty of time to come back and do your work, but don’t cheat your family.”

Arians also wants his staff to get some rest, so they’re sharper when they’re at work.

“Every school teacher in America, if they are staying up until 2 a.m. to get their lesson plans done, they’re going to do a really bad job of teaching it the next day,” he said.

Now we just have to see if the Cards staff follows orders. The NFL is populated by Type A personalities, conditioned to work around the clock because that’s what they’ve always done and that’s what they think their competitors are doing.

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22 Responses to “Arians wants his coaches to have family time”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 2, 2013 2:08 PM

    Bruce poses proudly with his three wives and the eldest of his 21 children to underline the point.

  2. mrgreenbird says: Aug 2, 2013 2:11 PM

    0 – 16 sounds about right…. Rod Miranelli is feeling better.

  3. clssylssy says: Aug 2, 2013 2:16 PM

    Nice philosophy Coach however you apparently haven’t been in Arizona long enough to realize that the FANS only care about winning at any cost and our education system out here bears testiment to the fact that teacher’s aren’t staying up till 2 a.m. working on lesson plans…our schools are broke and the kids don’t even have books!

  4. fordmandalay says: Aug 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    They’ll have plenty of family time once the playoffs begin.

  5. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    Not sure about Arians as a football coach, but seems like a really cool guy. I agree the coaches who sleep at team headquarters at the expense of their families need to prioritize. Easy way to burn out too

  6. i, flounder says: Aug 2, 2013 2:18 PM

    i also know the bald mans pain of having to wear those caps even when they seem not appropriate to attire or location. brofist brother arians. keep your head up.

  7. gafraidh says: Aug 2, 2013 2:22 PM

    The Cat’s in the Cradle…

  8. jjb0811 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    Good for the coach. Plenty work no-sto for .500 & sub .500 teams each year. family 1st!

  9. dontbuttslapyourlawyer says: Aug 2, 2013 2:38 PM

    Not a colts fan, but its hard not to like this dude

  10. realfootballfan says: Aug 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    Been nothing but impressed with this guy.

  11. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 2, 2013 2:42 PM

    Bruce Arians bring his succesful tactics with him when he joins an organization. Watching film for an-hour or 40-hours won’t do much if you don’t have the personnel. He understands the league and will have his team ready to make some noise.

    Likeable guy, wishing him a successful season.

  12. icardfan says: Aug 2, 2013 2:45 PM

    NFL coaches get more time with their families than your average joe and make way more money.

  13. jodave5 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:00 PM

    I get so sick of hearing how many hours these coaches put in. Someone tell me what the Asst. OLB coach for the Kansas City Chiefs does from January until the end of July????

  14. siggtacular says: Aug 2, 2013 3:02 PM

    Two Rings since ’96
    Baltimore Ravens

  15. stlouis1baseball says: Aug 2, 2013 3:38 PM

    What’s not to like about Bruce Arians?
    Admittedly…I am a biased Colts fan.
    But the dude is genuine.
    I will always root for Bruce Arians.

  16. godofwine330 says: Aug 2, 2013 3:55 PM

    You know what, his comment, “I had to do that as a younger coach and I refuse to make my coaches do that.” That’s is all the reason you need to respect him, do unto others…good job.

    Arians also wants his staff to get some rest, so they’re sharper when they’re at work.

    “Every school teacher in America, if they are staying up until 2 a.m. to get their lesson plans done, they’re going to do a really bad job of teaching it the next day,” he said

    This statement here is true, too. They better win, and they are defeinitely in a tough division. But if they don’t win then people are going to blame it on lax coaching, which would be unfair.

  17. randomcommenter says: Aug 2, 2013 4:38 PM

    Is Bruce a pimp in his spare time?

  18. richard932 says: Aug 2, 2013 5:05 PM

    No school teacher in America is staying up until 2am doing lesson plans… If they’re staying away till 2, it’s because they’re drinking…

  19. lakermetskins says: Aug 2, 2013 7:37 PM

    Steve Spurrier 2.0! Spurrier was golfing in the middle of the week! You see where that got him.

    You have to have the right spouse and the right kind of kids to be a coach in the NFL.

  20. thebrownrelease says: Aug 2, 2013 7:37 PM

    Respect

  21. raiderapologist says: Aug 2, 2013 9:33 PM

    If Arians doesn’t drive a MG he has no business wearing that hat.

  22. hatesycophants says: Aug 3, 2013 9:35 AM

    I hate to disappoint some of you, but I don’t have a hard time not liking Arians at all. I can’t stand a coach who comes in and thinks he’s going reinvent the wheel. You’ll never hear a HC say: “We won this SuperBowl because I made sure my coaches got plenty of sleep”.

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