Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has sympathy for Texans coach Gary Kubiak
If there is anyone who can truly comprehend the situation and understand what the Texans might be feeling is Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. He was the one who replaced the Indianapolis Colts Chick Pagano last season when he was diagnosed with cancer.
“It was difficult. Our first thoughts were about Chuck and his illness with leukemia and making sure that that was taken care of. Football kind of took a back seat for me personally,” Arians said. “The actual coaching part was kind of easy. … We knew that one day he was going to come back, so it was a matter of keeping the seat warm. I just asked every coach to do his job and do it a little bit better.”
Arians said that when Chuck was diagnosed and hospitalized, neither did the he nor the team forgot about him and he always managed to bring his name in and keep the players updated on his medical status and any messages he wanted for the team.
“I tried to bring up Chuck every day to the players about how he was doing, how he was feeling, what his message was,” said Arians. “We started breaking, ‘One, two, three, Chuck!’ Everything we needed as a team was in that phrase.”
Arians also offered praise for quarterback Case Keenum, calling him “extremely mobile.”
Arians commended Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum, commended his athletic capability and his mobility on the field.
“He looks like he’s having a lot of fun. It does not look like pressure bothers him at all, which is, I think, paramount at that position,” Arians said. “He’s very accurate. He’s making plays, and he’s making not just ones that are designed, but he’s creating some on his own.”