During his interviews, it always seems like former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has a soft spot for his former club, even when they sign away two of his players in free agency. Arians, in his second year as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, was asked Wednesday morning at the NFL league meetings about the Browns signing LB Karlos Dansby and TE Jim Dray in free agency:
#Cardinals HC Bruce Arians on #Browns LB Karlos Dansby: Great leader, great spirit, great player. "I hate to lose him."— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) March 26, 2014
#Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said he really wanted to bring back TE Jim Dray, who signed with #Browns. Said he gives team everything he has.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) March 26, 2014
The Browns were reportedly aggressive in their pursuit of Dray fairly early on compared to other teams, and Dansby's contract at his age was probably more than what the Cardinals were willing to commit to.
And then, demonstrating the soft spot I described earlier, Arians threw in a couple of comments about former Browns QB Tim Couch (which Couch then promptly retweeted on his timeline):
#cardinals HC Bruce Arians still gets irked by folks saying Tim couch was a bust. Says he was "toughest S.O.B" he's coached, "took beating"— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 26, 2014