What is an elite NFL QB and what separates that player from the others? One answer is the coach they share. In the recent history of the biggest game on earth, one man is the common thread that connects several of the very best in the sport: Peyton Manning; Ben Roethlisberger; Andrew Luck; and the resurgent Carson Palmer. That coach is Bruce Arians.
A larger than life visionary who trained under the tutelage of Bear Bryant, Arians has had a major impact on the development and success of each of these players. For proof beyond the stats, go to the sources.
Bruce is gonna love you when you need some loving, but he's gonna jump on you when you're not doing right. - Peyton Manning
He coaches the way players want to be coached. - Ben Roethlisberger
He made players comfortable around him and let everybody have their own personality. He didn't force anybody to be someone they weren't. It may sound a little corny or cheesy, but there's merit to that. I felt comfortable being myself and I felt he had my back. - Andrew Luck
We're a resilient group. It trickles down from the head coach. I think good teams, really good teams, and hopefully great teams take on their coach's mentality. I think that's what B.A. brings... - Carson Palmer
Known around the game as the 'quarterback whisperer', Arians has an uncanny ability to both personally connect with his quarterbacks and to locate what the individual triggers are for that player to succeed. No two quarterbacks are the same. And yet with Arians they always share success. In this book Arians will explain how he does it.
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About the Author
Bruce Arians is currently the head coach of the NFC powerhouse the Arizona Cardinals. In three years he has taken the team from last place in their division to the NFC Championship. He has also guided quarterback Carson Palmer to the best results of his long career. He has twice been named the NFL's Head Coach of the Year.
Lars Anderson is the bestselling author of six books including CARLISLE VS. ARMY and THE STORM AND THE TIDE. He is a senior writer at Bleacher Report.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Perfect Qb 1
Chapter 2 Peyton Manning 21
Chapter 3 What To Look For In A Qb 57
Chapter 4 Kelly Holcomb 71
Chapter 5 Play Calling 93
Chapter 6 Ben Roethlisberger 117
Chapter 7 Andrew Luck 147
Chapter 8 The Year Football Beat Cancer 183
Chapter 9 Carson Palmer 201
Chapter 10 The Future 227
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bruce Arians is the current head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, but has been known to be one of the best quarterback coaches in the history of the NFL. He has been called “the quarterback whisperer” for his ability to get quarterbacks to play to the best of their abilities. This book with that title is an excellent memoir on how he has been able to connect with some of the best players in recent years to play the position. Arians states that he believes the perfect quarterback would be a mixture of the following: “ the heart and mind of Peyton Manning, the grit and leadership of Big Ben [Roethlisberger], the athleticism of Andrew Luck and the arm of Carson Palmer.” It isn’t a coincidence that these four men are the players he felt that have been the most successful of those he has coached. The book reveals many of Araian’s plays, coaching techniques and psychology he uses in order to get the most out of his quarterbacks. It does not get too technical (even his play calling) so that casual fans will enjoy reading this book without getting bogged down, but sophisticated enough that football junkies will also enjoy it as well. Interspersed within the stories he shares about each of the four quarterbacks, he tells about his family, his early days of coaching at Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, and how he balances his work and family life. Given the workload of current coaches in both the college and professional levels, with many of them sleeping in their offices, it is refreshing to see a dedicated coach be just as dedicated to his family. Through reading the book, it is clear how much he loves his wife Chris and his children. More than just a book on X’s and O’s, this memoir of one of the best football minds on an NFL sideline today is one that must be read by all football fans, no matter what level of fan he or she is or what team the reader follows. It is a fast paced, fun read that will be enjoyed by anyone who opens the book. I wish to thank Hatchette Books for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.