Arians not calling plays at San Diego

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28
10:22
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During a pregame interview, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he won’t be calling the offensive plays Thursday night against the Chargers, instead handing the duties to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.

Goodwin, Arians said, put together the gameplan for rookie quarterback Logan Thomas, who’s slated to play the entire game.

It’s the first time since at least 2004 that Arians hasn't called the plays, according to the coach.

“It’s good growth for the staff and for those guys to expand themselves as coaches,” Arians said. “Again, you want to break all the tendencies that you can possibly break going into the season. This will screw up the computers pretty good for about three weeks.”

Arizona opens the regular season Sept. 8 against the very same Chargers.

Not calling the plays will give Arians a different perspective from the sideline.

“I’ll be able to look some players in (the) eyes on defense and special teams and not be as involved in calling the plays as much as watching the players, especially these young players, perform and see who has the look that you’re looking for,” Arians said.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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