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Bruce Arians doesn’t want to hear about moral victories

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After his team lost to the Broncos in Week Five, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the Cowboys could take some pride in a moral victory against one of the best teams in the league.

His son disagreed with him and the elder Jones later backed off the assertion that there was any kind of victory to be found in a loss. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians won’t have to walk back any of his words in the wake of Arizona’s 32-20 loss to the 49ers. Arians was asked if there was something positive to take away from hanging close to a good team on the road and the coach scoffed at the notion.

“Nothing. We only play to win. I don’t give a damn about playing close or any of that stuff,” Arians said in his post game press conference. “We were here to win. We had the game in our hand. That’s what we take from it. We learned that if we quit beating ourselves, we can beat anybody.”

Four turnovers helped seal Arizona’s fate and an 18-play drive that ate up almost 10 minutes before a 49ers touchdown pretty much put the icing on the cake. Arians scoffed at the idea that the team ran out of gas on that drive – “You just kick somebody’s ass and you’ll be alright” — and pretty much anything else that would make it seem like less of a big deal that the Cardinals wound up losers.

It’s the right attitude, especially during a short week leading up to a game against the Seahawks on Thursday night.

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19 Responses to “Bruce Arians doesn’t want to hear about moral victories”
  1. thepftpoet says: Oct 14, 2013 10:50 AM

    I’m actually starting to like Bruce Arians..

    He comes off as a guy who actually says what he means and doesn’t sugarcoat it

    Cardinals will win the Divison over the 49 Whiners and the PEDhawks

  2. ccjcsr says: Oct 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    thepftpoet says:
    Oct 14, 2013 10:50 AM
    I’m actually starting to like Bruce Arians..

    He comes off as a guy who actually says what he means and doesn’t sugarcoat it
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    I agree with the first part of your response, the latter sounds Homerish..need to check back into the reality hotel

  3. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    @pftpoet

    Hand me what your smoking, bro. Because you are high if you think they have a chance at the division.

  4. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:06 AM

    Defense is good. QB play is awful. I feel bad for Larry Fitz

  5. sisqsage says: Oct 14, 2013 11:16 AM

    Arians is an arrogant ass.

    How can you have a game in hand you never led?

    If you can’t stop an 18-play TD drive (longest of any team this season)….EIGHTEEN plays…then shut the hell up.

  6. GenXJay says: Oct 14, 2013 11:17 AM

    if AZ fans can become the loudest stadium, winning the game next Thursday won’t mean much to ‘hawk fans.

  7. mills431 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:21 AM

    at what point did they “have the game in our hand”? when they had that huge 7-6 lead for the last 4 minutes of the first quarter? Yeah coach you let that one get away. Idiot

  8. nickmiller63 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    Even if Arians were fine with moral victories, how could this game possible be characterized as such a thing? They got beat. No silver linings that I can see.

  9. gbrim says: Oct 14, 2013 11:34 AM

    Defense did run out of gas on that 18 play drive. Not the main reason they lost (that would be 4 turnovers), but it didn’t help. Lots of front seven injuries have left them very thin up front.

  10. southpaw79 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:38 AM

    They lost by 2 scores, they must have had really low expectations if they thought a 2 score game is close. Last year when you beat the Patriots, that was impressive. This was just losing to a better team.

  11. redbirdsrising says: Oct 14, 2013 11:44 AM

    To those who are whining about Arians line that the Cards had the “Game In Hand”. In essence they did.

    Cards were down 22-20 in the third quarter but they were starting to run the ball down the 49ers throats. The AZ Offense was really coming on strong. Cards reached the red zone and were in field goal range or a possible touchdown when Fitz put the ball on the turf.

    At that point, the Cards were beginning to dominate but the turnover pretty much popped the balloon.

    Oh well, that’s the NFL for ya. All about momentum.

  12. oaktown49er says: Oct 14, 2013 11:45 AM

    I’m a Niner fan but I see a lot of things getting better in ARI. It starts with having a coach who expects more than moral victories.

  13. meatheadsmakemelaugh says: Oct 14, 2013 11:48 AM

    Hey southpaw,

    Probably should watch the game rather than being lazy and looking at the box score.

    Cards had that in their hands, one less turn over and cards win the game and I think they had 5. That’s sad that they still had a chance to win. 49ers are not as good as everything one thinks.

    #overrated
    #idonyneedtoseethefacesofharbaugheveryfivesecstoknowhisisadbag.

  14. truths4all says: Oct 14, 2013 12:02 PM

    Put the full responsibility where it should be.

    Up to the moment Fitz fumbled away the ball, the Cards were in position to score a FG or a TD and take control of the ball game.

    The full blame for the loss and the turning of the momentum goes on the head of Fitz. Nothing that happened before matter as those turnovers were all part of the game until Fitz fumbled and the Cards lost all of the momentum they built up to that point.

    BTW, anything Arians says is hot air until his team becomes a real winner at the end of the season. So far, he is on track to be a losing head coach with the Seahawks ready to stomp on the Cards Thursday night. Of course, this is a home game for the Cards, but that is no longer an automatic advantage for the Cards.

    If the Cards can take it to the Seahawks and grind out a win, that will only position to finish a lofty (for them) 8-8 which equals mediocrity.

  15. bluebongzilla says: Oct 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    Jones did the smart thing, taking at least some of the negative attention off of Romo. Maybe some day the media will treat the high first round draft picks that stink up the joint like they treat the undrafted guy.

  16. whoisgregtoler says: Oct 14, 2013 3:27 PM

    @truths4all

    Yeah keep drinking mate, the Shehawks are lucky to have won as many games as they did.Can’t wait to see them “stomp” the Cards just like they did week one LOL, couldn’t even put more than 12 points on Carolina.
    Their midget QB will be picking grass out of his helmet all day!

    Shehawks are the worst 5-1 team in the league!!

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    This IS the right attitude. The wrong attitude is what Stephen Jones showed by claiming moral victories don’t even exist as a way to explain why he’s not interested in analyzing them or focusing on them.

  18. rap49er says: Oct 14, 2013 7:07 PM

    Going for two in the third quarter was a huge mistake. Put the game out of reach when Niners scored after long drive. Arians, that ones on you.

  19. southpaw79 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:03 PM

    Hey southpaw,

    Probably should watch the game rather than being lazy and looking at the box score.

    Cards had that in their hands, one less turn over and cards win the game and I think they had 5. That’s sad that they still had a chance to win. 49ers are not as good as everything one thinks.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Tell ya what sparky. I will not only take that turnover off the board, but I will give ya 7 points for kicks. The cards still lose. When the Niners started leaning on the run, the Cards could not stop them. I do like how you would like to throw out the Fitz fumble in the redzone but choose not to mention the Cards picking off the niners damn near in the endzone, maybe that did not show up on your box score.

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