TEMPE, Ariz. – There are a couple of Cardinals – Jerraud Powers and Drew Stanton – who firsthand saw Bruce Arians assume the interim head-coaching role last season in Indianapolis. But they also saw Chuck Pagano’s influence on that team from the start of training camp.
To Bradley Sowell, Arians is practically the only coach he’s ever known. An undrafted free agent last year, Sowell signed with the Colts just before Week 2 off Tampa Bay's practice squad. After the next game, Pagano took a leave while he was treated for leukemia. Arians took over and coached Sowell for the next eight weeks.
When Sowell joined the Cardinals this year prior to Week 1, he found the same old Arians.
“It’s exactly the same,” Sowell said. “He’s the same guy, he’s real upfront. I like that. He’s real honest with guys and he lets you know where you stand right way, whether you like it or not.”
Arians runs the same offense as he did in Indianapolis, so there wasn’t much of a learning curve when Sowell joined the Cardinals, not with the offense nor with the staff.
“He’s kept it just the same,” Sowell said. “He’s the same guy here that he was there.”