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.