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The best quotes from Bruce Arians’ time with the Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Bruce Arians was a master of the English language.

Sometimes Usually, that included a few expletives dropped. The former Arizona Cardinals coach was also the master of the press-conference opening quip and handing out the fitting nickname.

Here is a collection of a few of the best quotes from Arians’ time with the Cardinals.

After a win over a Rams team favored because of their stout defense in 2014:

“I love it when nobody says you have a chance to win. There’s an 11-and-3 team and a team that’s always 8-and-8. You figure it out. Everybody wanted to talk all that stuff about how great their defense is. I think they saw a good defense tonight, it was in red and white.”

On the struggles of rookie tackle D.J. Humphries in training camp before the 2015 season:

“A knee in his (expletive) every day. A foot wasn’t going to do it. That’s why he’s nicknamed knee-deep.”

After improving to 2-0 on the season in 2015:

“They’re patting you on the back, they’re looking for a soft spot, where to stick the knife. Same guy patting us on the back saying we might lose 10 in a row and might still be right.”

On rookie safety Budda Baker taking the bait on offense and nicknaming him:

“He’s still learning. He’s still ‘Fish Bait’ a few times but as he continues to get better and better, that role could increase quickly.”

While visiting Bickley & Marotta with a cold:

“I need to start getting some whiskey lozenges.”

Following a victory over the Baltimore Ravens in 2015:

“We wanted to make sure there was a damn good traffic jam.”

On taking the Cardinals’ job and being himself in the interview process:

“The thing at the beginning was, ‘Hey, I’m not changing who I am and how I coach. I’ll probably get a lot of Bibles in the mail.’”

After clinching a bye in the 2015 playoffs:

“You don’t get rings for byes. You don’t even get t-shirts and hats.”

On seeing the Cardinals fan base grow in the Valley while joining Bickley & Marotta in 2016:

“Everywhere you go, I love seeing the kids in the jerseys. You know right now, if the kids are Cardinals fans, mom and pop got no choice.”

Arians after his final game, a win at CenturyLink Field over the Seattle Seahawks:

“Thank you for coming to my house. I hope you get home safe.”

In his press conference announcing he will retire after the 2017 season (Jan. 2, 2018):

“We built this program on three words: trust, loyalty and respect. I told our team last night I was done, that I’m retiring. And they lied to you. Because of that, there’s no greater feeling in the world to know your players have your back.”

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