BY PETER HAILEY
Redskins fans had their eyes on the Cardinals during the last few days, as the team was reported to have some interest in former 'Skin Chris Cooley until ultimately deciding to go in another direction. On Monday, however, the Cardinals did make a move -- and it's one that all NFL fans, not just those in Washington, will take note of.
According to Arizona's website, the Cards have officially made Jen Welter what is thought to be the NFL's first female coach. Welter, who was on the Indoor Football League's Texas Revolution's staff prior to Monday's news, will work as a training camp/preseason intern while coaching the inside linebackers.
“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” head coach Bruce Arians said after the news broke. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’"
Overall, Arians is confident that this could be the first step in a long career for Welter.
"I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”
Welter is certainly no stranger to the sport: She has 14 seasons of professional football playing experience under her belt, and has the distinction of being the first female to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro football league (she played running back for Texas in 2014). Overall, Arians thinks she has what it takes to be a trailblazer.
"She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door."
If Welter can capitalize on the opportunity that's been presented to her, there's a chance we could one day look back on July 27, 2015 as a historic date. The ball has been handed to Welter -- now it's time to see how far she can run with it.