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Weinfuss: Female coach hire is vintage Arians

The Cardinals' hiring of Jen Welter, believed to be the first female NFL coach, shouldn't come as a surprise. It was a typical Bruce Arians move, writes Josh Weinfuss.

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Deflategate masking real issues?

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What to know: Jen Welter

  • Coached LBs and special teams for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League this season
  • Suited up as an RB and special teams player for the Revolution in 2014
  • Won 4 titles for the Dallas Diamonds of the Women's Football Alliance

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'Landmark opportunity' for Jen Welter

ESPN's Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "We've seen a transformative process over the course of the last year with women becoming more and more involved in the sport and a trend that you have to think is here to stay."


Weinfuss: Vintage move by Arians

The Cardinals' hiring of Jen Welter is a typical Bruce Arians' move. It's risky and it's bold, just like his offense. Open mind, thick skin

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Adam Schefter on Tom Brady case

Schefter on SportsCenter about reports that Tom Brady's 4-game suspension will not be reduced: "I've heard similar talk ... The NFL does not appear inclined to budge," adding the league is "nearing the finish line" for a decision.

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No surprise Arians hires female coach

At the NFL owners meetings in March, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, unprompted, brought up the idea of female coaches, saying, "The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they'll be hired." Arians a 'trendsetter'

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Why is Tom Brady's case taking so long?

ESPN's Dan Graziano on the NFL's delay in Deflategate: "When they issue this decision, it's going to have to be in the form of some kind of document that the players' association is likely to challenge in federal court. So you want to craft a document that holds up in front of a federal judge." (via Mike & Mike)

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ICYMI: Cardinals hired Jen Welter as coaching intern. It’s believed she is first female to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL.

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