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

Jan 3, 2018, 10:26 AM | Updated: 10:35 pm

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians works against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half o...

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)

(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.”

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

The 48-year-old assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, right, has a specialty as a defensive backs coach having been one himself. Wilks has been a defensive backs coach in the NFL since 2006, having spent time with the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. Prior, he coached various positions in college at Washington, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, East Tennessee State, Appalachian State, Illinois State and Savannah State. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) Philadelphia Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo
DeFilippo, 39, has reportedly been on general manager Steve Keim’s radar for some time, according to Ian Rapoport. He has been the quarterbacks coach in Oakland working with Derek Carr before spending one year as the offensive coordinator of the Browns. His most recent work with Carson Wentz in Philadelphia has him as one of the hotter coaching names in the league.
 (AP Photo/David Richard) Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong
The 54-year-old, left, is no stranger to interviews for head coaching jobs and will have his latest with the Cardinals. Armstrong has been a special teams coach in the NFL since 1997, spending four years with the Bears, seven with the Dolphins and the last 10 with the Falcons. 
(AP photo/Bob Leverone) New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, left, talks with coaching assistant Steve Belichick, right, during practice Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores
The third name in New England being linked to open head coaching positions, Flores, right, has been with the Patriots since 2004. Working all the way up like Patricia from a scouting assistant at the age of 23 to the safeties coach in 2012, Flores spent four seasons with the safeties before coaching the linebackers for the past two seasons.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher
To no surprise, the Cardinals have Bettcher as an in-house candidate, according to Rapoport. The 39-year-old started in the NFL with the Colts in 2012 as the outside linebackers coach. He came with Arians to Arizona in 2013, serving as outside linebackers coach for two years before being promoted to DC in 2015. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, left, and head coach Mike Zimmer watch practice during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. The Vikings have managed to withstand the loss of their starting quarterback and running back in the first quarter of the season with a balanced attack, quality depth and a vastly improved offensive line. Coordinator Pat Shurmur has quietly done a masterful job of keeping the offense running. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File) Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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