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Bruce Arians looking for a pocket passer at quarterback

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The read option and pistol offense are starting to look popular, but the new Cardinals head coach is a self described "traditionalist."


The trend seems to be in the NFL that teams are drafting a more hybrid type of quarterback -- one taht can throw and run. With RG3, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, we are seeing more read option and the pistol offense starting to appear with regularity on the field in the NFL.

The Arizona Cardinals are looking to improve the quarterback position, but don't expect new head coach Bruce Arians to look in that direction for their next QB, whoever it is.

While speaking to Mike Jurecki and Dan Bickley on Friday, he said that he will be looking for more of a pocket passer.

"I'm more of a traditionalist as far as quarterbacks," he explained. "I think the more you put them in harm's way, the more they're going to get hurt. As defensive coordinators catch up to the option at the NFL level, the quarterback position wasn't made for that in the NFL."

He said it is good to have an athletic guy who can create plays like Andrew Luck or Ben Roethlisberger, but it isn't necessary, a la Peyton Manning.

At the same time, that pocket passer will have to have "grit."

He noted that having a rocket arm is not necessary.

The more that I hear, the more it looks like Kevin Kolb will probably be the guy. He has that grit. He doesn't have the strongest arm, but he can throw it down the field and he is athletic enough to create.

With the draft coming up, keep these comments in mind. Maybe Geno Smith won't be the guy they like, unless they see him being able to just sit on the pocket. Matt Barkley? Tyler Wilson? Who might it be? Or might it be someone else?

Arians' QB? A gritty pocket passer that is just athletic enough.

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