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Bruce Arians says Jen Welter welcome back to Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians liked former coaching intern Jen Welter enough to want her on his staff again in the future.

"I'd love to have her back," Arians said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Welter became the NFL's first female coach when the Cardinals hired her as a training camp intern in late July. Her internship ended on Aug. 31, and Welter has yet to be hired by another NFL team.

Arians called Welter's time in Arizona "fantastic" and described Welter as a "firecracker" and a "ball of energy."

Welter became known for writing pregame notes to the inside linebackers, whom she coached in training camp alongside Larry Foote. Arians said she also wrote notes to some coaches.

With more than a week to review Welter's time with the Cardinals and the impact she left, Arians said her doctorate in psychology gave Welter a unique approach to coaching.

"It gives her a different aspect of teaching," he said. "She teaches more on the individual level, which, that gets lost sometimes in the NFL. You forget about the guy personally. It's all distance.

"And I think she has a good demeanor of getting rid of the business and getting down on a one-on-one personal level and using that psychology background to build confidence in guys and still working on techniques and everything to help build that self-confidence."