Bruce Arians "not surprised" by read-option strugglers

Head coach Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals leads his team against the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 29, 2013
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Bruce Arians says that 'rushing' quarterbacks are possibly more suited to college football than the NFL, due to the number of "great athletes" in the league's defensive lines.

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has stated that he is not shocked by the poor form of quarterbacks such as Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

The duo - who both excelled in the NFL last season - are struggling for their best football this time around, with Arians saying that the read-option offense is more suited to the college game as opposed to the national version.

Arians favours a traditional drop-back quarterback approach, which involves a lot of vertical passing, and he has led his team to second spot in the NFC West with a 7-4 record so far.

He told the Philadelphia Inquirer: "I still think the read-option is a great offensive method. It's a great college offense when you put a solid athlete back there.

"But when you're facing up against great athletes, with the speed that's in the NFL who are chasing these guys, unless you're superhuman, you're going to get hurt sooner or later - not hurt, but beat up and bruised up, and you don't want your quarterback feeling bruised up when he's trying to throw and be accurate."

Arians's side take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to facing the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 29, 2013
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