Beanie Wells' future with the Arizona Cardinals has been in doubt since declaring in December that he was auditioning for the other 31 teams in the NFL. Now that Bruce Arians has taken the reins, though, the Cardinals running back is excited about starting fresh under a new coaching staff.
Wells concedes that 2012 was a difficult season, due in large part to the dissonance between himself and ex-coach Ken Whisenhunt. "We definitely had our fair share of disagreements this season, and I've never been in a situation like that before," Wells explained. "I respect coach Whiz a ton and I wish him all the best, but we didn't see eye to eye on some things, and I don't know what sparked it."
It's not difficult to hazard a guess on that spark. Wells let it be known that the final few games would be a showcase to help him "get film out there." Instead, he was benched for fumbling in Week 16. "I didn't agree with it all," Wells said at the time.
Wells ended up following Matt Leinart, Tim Hightower, John Skelton, and Todd Heap in the line of veterans banished to Whisenhunt's doghouse after falling out of favor. He may not fair much better under Arians, who ignored Wells while showering Ryan Williams with love at his introductory press conference.
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