Bruce Arians is without question one of the most entertaining coaches in the NFL. He was able to lead the Arizona Cardinals to the NFC Championship game in 2015, but ended up losing to the Carolina Panthers. It was a great season and the Cardinals are ready to build on it next season.
One of the biggest surprises for the Cardinals was rookie running back David Johnson and Arians has made it clear that he believes his running back could become an NFL superstar.
Arians on David Johnson: "he has a chance to be one of the all-time best"
— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) February 24, 2016
Johnson ended the 2015 season as a starter due to the injury that Chris Johnson suffered. He was the backup all year long, although he started the season as the third-string back behind Andre Ellington.
Throughout the course of the regular season, Johnson ended up carrying the football 125 times for 581 yards and eight touchdowns. He also racked up 457 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield. Johnson’s speed and ability to make defenders miss is going to be a threat for Arizona to use for years to come.
Going so far as to say that Johnson has a chance to be one of the best running backs of all-time? Well, that is one of the things that makes Arians one of the most entertaining and intriguing coaches in the game.
There is absolutely no doubt that Johnson can become a much more dangerous back in the future if he continues working hard and lives up to his potential.
Arizona is very lucky to have a back like him behind Carson Palmer. It was obvious in the postseason that Palmer needs all the help he can get and that will continue to be the case moving forward. Johnson could become a workhorse type of back with big play potential each time he touches the football.
Expect to see Johnson improve a ton throughout this offseason and come back in 2016 as a much better player than he was this season. Arians wouldn’t say that kind of thing just to say it, which means that he sees something very special in Johnson.