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Bruce Arians to Cardinals: How Hiring Impacts Arizona's QB Situation

Arizona Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

Bruce Arians is the perfect guy to figure out the Arizona Cardinals offense.

Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news of Arians' hiring on Twitter:

Bruce Arians has accepted four-year deal, with a team option for a fifth year, as head coach with Arizona Cardinals.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2013

Arizona doesn't need too much help on the defensive side of the ball. The Cardinals finished with the 12th-best defense in the league.

It's the offensive issues, specifically at quarterback, that dragged this team down in 2012. Fortunately, Arizona hired quite possibly the best coach available to work with the team's quarterbacks.

It was during Arians' time in Cleveland that the Browns made the playoffs and Tim Couch put up the best numbers of his career.

Then, when he moved to Pittsburgh, he helped Ben Roethlisberger become more than just a quarterback who relied on the defense and running game.

Most recently, Arians was with the Indianapolis Colts, tutoring Andrew Luck. Luck only managed to look like one of the best rookie quarterbacks in the history of the league.

The Cardinals had one of the worst quarterback situations in the entire league during the 2012 season. Kevin Kolb and John Skelton got the most time under center, and they were pretty bad, Skelton being the worst. Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer also took some snaps.

None of those four looks like the future for the team at QB. More than likely, the organization will be looking to the draft, especially with Arians' hiring.

Unfortunately, the draft lacks the kind of quarterback depth that has been there in years past.

According to almost every draft expert, Geno Smith will be off the board by the time the Cardinals have their pick at No. 7. After that, they could be looking at Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon. All of those players have definite flaws in their games and look far from locks to succeed.

The thing is, you read the scouting reports about them, and they'll all probably say that with the right coaching, the player could turn into a star. They're not going to get better coaching than that provided by Arians.

Russell Wilson this past year and Andy Dalton in 2011 illustrate that you don't need to draft a quarterback with an early pick. Dalton went in the second round and Wilson the third.

They had issues that dropped them down draft boards. With good coaching, they've gotten their teams to the playoffs.

The Cardinals can take a QB that needs major development late if they want. Arians can work with him and turn him into one of the best in the league in a few years.

No matter who the starting quarterback is next year in Arizona, he'll be in great hands.

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