Deone Bucannon, Mark Barron ushering in new era of defense

Bruce Arians coolly lists them as “moneybackers.” Jeff Fisher, ever technical, defines them as an “undersized linebacker, oversized defensive back.” By “them,” I mean hybrid defenders. And by “hybrid defenders,” I mean the wave of the future. These guys possess the physicality to meet a running back in the hole, but also the athleticism to…

Bruce Arians cried after learning of Vick Ballard’s injury

News of Vick Ballard’s season-ending injury apparently has reverberated far beyond Indianapolis. Per reporter Darren Urban, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians cried upon learning that Ballard suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Friday’s training camp practice. Arians said "I cried last night" when he heard Colts RB Vick Ballard went out for season. Arians coached Ballard…

Bruce Arians signs one-year deal to remain Steelers’ OC

Bruce Arians has been the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator for the last four seasons. Today it’s been announced that he’ll be returning for at least one more year. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers re-signed Arians to a one-year contract. His previous deal expired after the season, though he was fully expected to re-up…