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Mike Pettine: Bruce Arians 'says what a lot of us think and would like to say'

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The Browns HC talks about the success of Bruce Arians.

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There is no doubt Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has made waves in the NFL since becoming the head coach. His interim sting with the Colts was a success. He won 10 games in 2013. He won 11 in 2014, despite only six games with his starting quarterback. At 5-2 this season, he has the Cardinals in control of their fate in the NFC West.

He is known as being a little different. Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, whose team will host Arians and the Cards, was asked this week what it is that makes him different.

"He says what a lot of us think and would like to say," he explained. "Bruce is, I would say, ‘unfiltered' is probably the best way to put it. He has his opinions, and some of them are mainstream and a lot of them aren't. He's not afraid to put himself out there and you have to admire it. He just has one of those personalities. He's fun to be around and great story teller. He's just, to me, one of the better personalities that we have in our coaching fraternity."

He called Arians "innovative" and said some of what makes him so good is he stays true to his personality. "I think when coaches get in trouble it's when they step out of their personality and say, ‘How would a coach act in this situation?'" he said. "You have to be yourself. That's the way he is and he's never shied away from it."

The Cardinals lucked out. It is amazing he never got a shot before Arizona. Now he has and he is proving to be quite the coach. We're not complaining.