Foote to join coaching staff

Posted by Darren Urban on February 19, 2015 – 9:18 am

Bruce Arians did his media turn this morning in Indianapolis, and that possibility of veteran Larry Foote could coach is coming true.

“Larry Foote will join our coaching staff (Friday) to be our inside linebacker coach,” Arians said. “He still could play. We had to go through some different things with the league — there is no such thing as a player-coach — but we’ll add him to the staff to get his coaching career started, but his playing career might not be over.”

Foote will join the Cardinals defensive coaches in Indianapolis for the Scouting combine.

There’s a lot that can happen over the next few months and things that can happen. The Cardinals are going to address inside linebacker in free agency or the draft (or both) and they still have to find out what happens with Daryl Washington (Arians said this morning that until the NFL reinstates Washington “I don’t think about him.”) That all could impact Foote’s potential of playing again, as will Foote’s personal perspective.

But as I mentioned before, having Foote on staff as a coach — maybe taking Kevin Minter under his wing, because the Cards need Minter to emerge — is a good thing. Foote is excellent to have on your side, whether he’s playing or not.

“Larry was a very passionate player, but a very, very smart player, one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around,” Arians said.



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17 Responses to “Foote to join coaching staff”

  1. By mike egan on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    Foote played hard. Proud to have him as a Cardinal in any capacity he chooses. Its a win, win for Arizona.

  2. By sggrange on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    Totally outplayed his contract and showed great leadership.

    A good reward for a guy that wants to be in football after playing career.

  3. By Mark on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    I think that is a great thing for the team. Would hate to see a great player like Foote play and get injured or worse, have a life time after football with issues like other players are having. Great to have him as a leader and a coach. Minter needs to step up. Lots left to do. Hope we keep Acho too.

  4. By gbrim on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    One year here and he wants to stay. Says volumes about what Keim and Arians have put together over the last couple of years.

  5. By ian602 on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    The Cards front office yet again making smart and swift moves. This is just another reason we have one of the best front offices in the league.

  6. By Dynosoar on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    It really says something about this organization that he played for other teams as well, but wants to coach for Arizona. The Cardinals just keep improving.

    Now for a healthy season.

  7. By Marlin on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    ANOTHER GREAT MOVE ! This leadership group (owner, GM, coach) are first rate!

  8. By Jon on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply


    Foote played better last season with his football smarts than when he played during his physical prime.

    If anyone can qet the best out of Minter, Foote can.

  9. By Steele on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    This is completely meaningless

  10. By georgiebird on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    Good move. Enough of bringing back old guys. Let Foote be a coach period. Bringing back Larry was a special case. Let the young guys start to come thru.
    Time to stop being dependent on 35 year old guys. I’ve seen guys pining for DD, Abraham even AW. It’s a sad state of affairs when Minter, Acho, Kareem Martin and others make us salivate for old blood.
    Last year- Feely is out and Cat is In. That’s the way a team keeps the ball rolling year after year. Out with the old and in with the new-Except in certain cases where the guy is the face of the franchise.

  11. By Andy Kw on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    Keep these good news coming. First we hired an in the house aggressive coach in James Bettcher and got a really experienced coach in Bob Sanders to coach our outside linebackers. Then we resigned Larry Fitzgerald to a cap friendly deal and now the Cards signed Larry Foote as our ILB Coach. Steve Keim & Bruce Arians are doing phenomenal so far.

  12. By azdesertrat53 on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    It just keeps getting Better.
    Larry’s contract, done, way to go Michael Bidwill, you did just what you wanted and told us what it was. :”I want Larry Fitzgerald to retire a Cardinal”, way to go Sir you are trying Very Hard to make that happen.

    Thank You. .

    GO CARDS!!!

  13. By Bill Camp on Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    Darren –
    If Washington never plays for us again, is the $10M we paid him as a roster bonus last year lost, or is there still a way to recover some or all of it?

  14. By Darren Urban on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    Bill Camp —

    RE: Washington bonus

    If there was money to be recovered, the Cardinals already would have gone through that process, I believe.

  15. By William Barry on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    Our leadership group, (BA, Keim, M. Bidwell), are doing a fantastic job by signing Bob Sanders to be our ILB, and signing Larry Foote as a coach. Then to top it off, we sign Fitz with cap room variables…..and Palmer is making great strides ahead of schedule with his injury, too.

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