Bruce Arians eyeing a Super Bowl at home for the Cardinals

AP

No team has ever played a Super Bowl on its home field. Bruce Arians thinks the Cardinals can change that.

Next year’s Super Bowl is at University of Phoenix Stadium, and Arians won’t hesitate to talk up his team’s chances of being there.

I ain’t afraid of it,” Arians said. “We played well at the end of the season. If we can do that early, the confidence of the core of the team is back. Our leadership is back. We are talented enough. Talent is not the issue. I told them that last year but they didn’t believe me until it was too late. There is no reason we can’t be the first team to play a home Super Bowl. Absolutely no reason.”

Winning in the NFC West won’t be easy, but the Cardinals were playing excellent football down the stretch last season. Arians has every right to be confident.

74 responses to “Bruce Arians eyeing a Super Bowl at home for the Cardinals

  1. Bruce Aryans is a fraud and that team is going to collapse this season. 2013 Cardinals = 2007 Browns.

  2. The Super Bowl will be moved when the State of Arizona screws it up with some racist legislation and/or some other stupid statement.

  3. What teams coach doesn’t think they can win the Super Bowl?

    I’m pretty sure no coach has the mindset that they won’t make it that far.

  4. Any team that overlooks the Cardinals is foolish. The only concern I would see is if Palmer can finally be the qb people thought he could be. They improved their O-line and most of their stellar defense will be back. That whole division is downright tough.

  5. Dean Wormer says the chances of the Cardinals playing in the Super Bowl this year are “zero…point…zero.”

  6. Nothing wrong in believing in his team. It could happen with the talent on that team. It probably won’t based on history.

    But nobody can say they aren’t talented enough to make a run. Only a fool would believe that after last year.

  7. Palmer will put up great numbers, they will win some games, but in the end – when it really matters – he will throw the catastrophic pick 6. It’s his achilles.

  8. tellemallrex says:
    Mar 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    If Rex Ryan said this, you knuckleheads would be killing him!
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    You are so on the money!!

  9. He doesn’t know about the home superbowl curse? Does he not know what happen to Peyton Manning’s neck his home superbowl year? Or that Sean Payton was suspended his home superbowl year? He didn’t see whatever the hell happen to Eli Manning this past year?

  10. They had one of the top defenses in the league, upgraded their OL, beat the “unbeatable at home” Seahawks in Seattle. Once Palmer got in sync with his receivers at midseason he was a much more effective QB. Give him a full season and offseason with these guys with a vastly improved offensive line with Veldheer and Cooper coming back and I don’t see why it’s not a possibility.

  11. Cards picked up some studs this off-season, and Palmer’s familiar with the offense and his receivers now. They have a shot at the playoffs but they’ve got a tough road in the NFC West. Should finally be a team to watch again.

  12. Arians should take the Pete Carroll approach: Focus on winning the division. Last two seasons the division winner has been the NFC representitive in the Superbowl. Win the NFCW and the rest takes care of itself.

  13. Off the top of my head, the closest a team came to having a real home field advantage in modern times was the 49ers playing at Stanfurd Stadium in their destruction of the Dolphins in 1985.

  14. Psssh, they won’t even be a playoff team. Third or fourth place in their own division. Nice marketing ploy by the team though.

  15. He may eye it, but it’s not going to happen. You just lost your best Defensive Player, you still don’t have a QB, and what about the Running Game?

  16. Off the top of my head, the closest a team came to having a real home field advantage in modern times was the 49ers playing at Stanfurd Stadium in their destruction of the Dolphins in 1985.
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    You also had the L.A. Rams playing the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena after the 1979 Season.

  17. So much Cardinal hate. So few that have actually paid attention to what is going on there. Not saying they will win the superbowl, but they will make a run at the division. Scary team.

  18. Most of you said the exact same stuff about Pete Carroll and what “he was smoking” a few years ago. Players want a coach who believes he can win it all holding 7-2 off-suite and his opponent has A-A pre-flop. It’s about motivation and belief. Jimmy Johnson was not a great X’s & O’s guy. He was a great motivator and manager. Haters gonna hate.

  19. Has everyone here quickly forgotten about the drama going on in San Francisco? The supposed rocky relationships Harbaugh has between Baalke and even some of the players could spell a rough 2014 season. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the 49ers fell backwards and the Cardinals stepped up to make the playoffs.

  20. People are still associating this team with the “Same Old Cards” BS. This team has vastly improved with one of the best new GM’s in the NFL and it’s confident coach. This team has swagger now and with possibly the last year with Fitz as a Card the time is now! It wasn’t too long ago this team was in the Superbowl (2008), not too many teams can say that. The Cardinals just need to finish the job, what better way than to do it at home, Carpe Diem!

  21. We’re not talking about in a few years. We are talking about this upcoming season and as of right now, they are the third best team in their division and not in the top six in the NFC until/unless they vastly improve their offense.

  22. Well, I would’ve laughed, but then the Seahawks won a Super Bowl, so I guess anything is possible, except maybe the Chargers, I don’t think that’s possible, or the Browns.

  23. They were possibly the best team in the NFL second half of last season, and as everyone knows took down the Seahawks in their house. Now they add injured first and third rounders from last year Cooper and Minter, get Honey Badger back, added a legit LT upgrade from the worst graded LT in the NFL, add Cromartie across from Peterson, add Ginn as a returner and deep threat WR, have a ton of youth from last year who are no longer rookies or getting used to a new coach and system. They are legit to be playing in Glendale in January.

  24. Oh oh oh sounds like a guarantee to me! What a circus, what a joke…wait err.. it’s not Rex Ryan…oh never mind just a confident coach saying what all coaches believe. Perfectly cool.

  25. “We’re not talking about in a few years. We are talking about this upcoming season and as of right now, they are the third best team in their division and not in the top six in the NFC until/unless they vastly improve their offense.”

    They had two minor weak spots on D…SS and CB#2, and addressed one with the Cromartie signing. I bet they go SS early in the draft.

    On offense, the problem is certainly not WR with Fitz and Floyd with the exception of a speedy deep threat or RB with Ellington with the exception of a guy who can pound it for 2 yards when needed. They added Ginn and Dwyer for those. TE is an issue but Housler should be improved and they added Carlson. Bet they go TE in draft as well. Palmer was not the problem except when protection was bad. The Oline was the problem. So they went from worst graded LT Sowell to FA stud Veldheer, and get last years #1 pick LG Cooper back. That’s a pretty well upgraded D and O and they haven’t even drafted yet.

  26. For whatever reason they match up better with the seahawks better then they do the niners who swept them _the last two years ! Still probably the 3 rd best team in the NFC west but favorite for the last wildcard spot

  27. When Pigs Fly and the NFL is no geico commercial. I love the ” all the drama in San Fran ” statement. Some people believe anything they read. Next “all the drama in Seattle” should cement a Cardinals Super Bowl. Go Bruce !

  28. The cards will never get there with the vikings in the way. Road through the NFC goes through Minnesota. Skol. 21 division titles. Best coach ever. Best GM. Ice fishing. Skol.

  29. Shouldn’t one worry about securing a playoff berth first? They were 3rd in the NFC West last season and, despite finishing well, ended the season losing at home to the 49er’s.

  30. Keep in mind Cards fans…no one is talking about the fact Veldheer missed the first nine weeks of the season with an injury last year.

    It’s funny how no one in the media or any fans mention this glaring fact…

    Glad he’s gone!

    Late…

  31. Doesn’t matter, just another NFC team that would go into the SB to face Peyton Manning & the Broncos, history’s greatest offense and one that will choke and lose by 35 points again.

    Wait, it totally matters!

  32. I would never discredit the Cards as a contender. I truly believe any of the top 5 NFC teams would have rolled Denver….. But with Palmer at the helm I can’t see them taking it all. Not impossible though and for those banking on a 49ers or Seahawks implosion you are in for a catastrophic load of disappointment. Hawks will finally be the team that is the hunted though so it will be interesting to see what happens when every team they play has taking them out as a top priority. I definitely see all 3 making the playoffs though.

  33. The NFC West will be a crapshoot this season, with three very tough and “physical” teams. The rest of the league will look on in wonder, and thank their stars that they won’t play those teams twice in the season. I rather doubt that you’ll hear anything, but positive talk about their teams from Arians, Harbaugh, and Carroll. The Rams are our only weaker link, and will still have some problems getting better. Regardless of the order of finish, I’d like to see the Hawks, Niners, and Cards all make the playoffs, as did happen in the AFC West last year.

  34. Since 2000 the 49ers are 17-6 against the Cards. A period which includes AZ’s best years and SF’s worst and 4 of the 6 wins were by less than a TD. Just food for thought before automatically assuming they can leapfrog… Just like the Rams have always given us fits even when they were bad… the Niners have always given the cards fits.

  35. If they don’t make the superbowl, expect Arians to send a tape of all the calls he felt he didn’t get for the entire season, and demand an explanation

    Just like when Philly spanked them

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