By Leo Haggerty


First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

Got a chance to ask a couple of questions to Head Coach Bruce Arians earlier today.  One dealt strictly with football and the other with the pandemic.

What I really like about the answers that you get from the King of the Kangol is that he’s a straight-shooter.  No BS or fluff as you will see below.  Enjoy.

LH : In 2019, the two obvious deficiencies were the interceptions and the lack of a consistent sustained running game.  Hopefully, Brady answers the first one.  What do you plan on doing to get the running game going?

BA : Quit playing from behind.  The biggest thing with all the turnovers is that we were, usually, playing from behind.  We were spotting people 10 to 14 points.  As a play-caller, I know that feeling when you’re down 10 points in the first quarter and you feel that you have to catch up.  Sometimes you abandon it.  I think, at times, we ran the ball really well in November and December when we wanted to.  We just didn’t do it enough.  To play people in ball games even, or with the lead, that helps your running game more than anything.  I think adding Rob as a blocker made the tight ends get better as blockers as a group.  RoJo got better.  So, I think just seeing themselves do it and when we finally get together to see what we made, mistake-wise, and what we did, well-wise, last year.  I think that will help us a bunch in that area.

LH : Sadly, you are probably the most susceptible to getting this because of your age and your health history.  What are you doing, and what is Christine doing to law down the law for you to do, to avoid this?

BA : Yeah, we’re at our lake house in Georgia and it’s a little bit more rural.  We are trying to be as smart as we can.  Anytime I go out I have a mask on.  I don’t go out as much as I like to.  We have stayed away from public restaurants and places like that.  She does let me play golf and that’s about it.  I have to have my own cart and keep social distance.  Without that, I would probably be going crazy.  We are trying.  I think she put the first tank of gas in her car since March 28th last week.  We aren’t going very far.