The NFL is simply more fun when Bruce Arians is patrolling a sideline somewhere.
Sure, he hasn't gone far in his latest "retirement," serving as a booth analyst on CBS television broadcasts. Arians has been fine in the new role — unfortunately, complying with FCC rules restricts him from using more colorful language and sharing some of his better anecdotes.
Arians' new job also strips the rest of us of the enjoyment of watching his offensive wizardry and play-calling. How quickly we forget that the now-lowly Arizona Cardinals somehow finished 8-8 last year under his guidance — with David Johnson missing nearly all of the season and Carson Palmer most of it. Or that Palmer made the only significant playoff run of his 15-year career under Arians in 2015. Or that Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers haven't returned to the Super Bowl since Arians was forced out in Pittsburgh following the 2011 season. Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck also have fond memories of "B.A." from his stints in Indianapolis.
So why, Bruce, given what you've accomplished with so many great — even legendary — passers wouldn't you consider working with Aaron Rodgers?
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