Arizona Cardinals hire first female coach in NFL history

On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals did something that no other team in the history of the NFL has done, they hired a female coach.

Jen Welter was hired for the summer by the Cardinals to help coach the inside linebackers. Though the job will only last for the duration of training camp and the preseason, it is still a very big deal moving forward.

Welter brings 14-plus years of football experience with her, most of those years coming from her time with the Women’s Football Alliance’s Dallas Diamonds. This past season, she was an assistant coach for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution.

The 37-year-old Welter was recommended to the Cardinals by Devin Wyman, the head coach of the Revolution after hearing that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said that a woman could coach in the NFL.

“I wanted to open that door,” Arians said. “Coaching is nothing more than teaching. The one thing I’ve learned from players: All they want to know is ‘How you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t (care) if you’re the Green Hornet. I’ll listen.'”

Whether or not the NFL if ready for a female coach is yet to be seen, but this is a step in the right direction. Props to coach Arians for stepping up to the plate and giving Welter the chance.

Congrats coach Welter!

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