New Arizona coach Arians welcomes Mendenhall with no reservations
March 21, 2013 8:00 AM
New Cardinals coach and former Steelers offensive coordinator says he is happy to have Rashard Mendenhall on his team regardless of the problems he had in Pittsburgh.
By Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PHOENIX -- Rashard Mendenhall had some problems with the Steelers, on and off the field. Those issues included a controversial tweet about Osama Bin Laden several years ago.
But that doesn't bother new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who signed Mendenhall to a one-year contract in free agency and is thrilled to have him.
"He's a legitimate big-time threat every time he touches the ball," Arians, the Steelers' former offensive coordinator, said Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. "He's a big back who never has to come out of the game. He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet."
Arians said he is not worried about Mendenhall's attitude, either.
Mendenhall was suspended for one game in 2012 when he failed to show up for a game against the San Diego Chargers for which he was deactivated.
"The tweet he made earlier was a mistake, he understands that," Arians said. "Rashard is a different person than most football players. You have to respect the individual and what he stands for. He thinks differently. I respect that and appreciate that.
"He does train-dancing -- he does different things that football players usually [don't] do. He's an honest, bright kid. I'm thrilled to have him."