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Bruce Arians eyeing a Super Bowl at home for the Cardinals

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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.

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74 Responses to “Bruce Arians eyeing a Super Bowl at home for the Cardinals”
  1. meatcarroll says: Mar 26, 2014 1:52 PM

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

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 26, 2014 1:53 PM

    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. dtownsportslions says: Mar 26, 2014 1:53 PM

    If they were in the AFC I could see this happening but its the year of the Lion.

    Forward down the field

  4. thepftpoet says: Mar 26, 2014 1:54 PM

    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.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:55 PM

    Sorry Bruce, but if Carson hasn’t made the Super Bowl yet in his career, it likely won’t happen now.

  6. thepftpoet says: Mar 26, 2014 1:55 PM

    Bruce Arians reminds me of that cool grandfather that acts like he’s still in his 30’s.

  7. nygmann says: Mar 26, 2014 1:59 PM

    Oh yeah? OK. Let me just rush out and bet on the Cards this year in SB. Wink-wink!

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

    If Rex Ryan said this, you knuckleheads would be killing him!

  9. baltimorons says: Mar 26, 2014 2:02 PM

    Wow…that was funny. Thanks Bruce for making me laugh.

  10. schmitty2 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:03 PM

    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.

  11. jpk6044 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:03 PM

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

  12. spartyownsyou says: Mar 26, 2014 2:04 PM

    Too bad they won’t make the playoffs

  13. mrlaloosh says: Mar 26, 2014 2:04 PM

    Delusional, at best.

  14. paulnoga says: Mar 26, 2014 2:05 PM

    Talking about going to the Super Bowl is a disaster already. No chance now if there was any before.

  15. braceyourselffor12 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:06 PM

    If he was my teams coach I’d expect him to say the same. Funny thing is they’ll probably have a better shot at the playoffs this year than the Seahacks.

  16. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 26, 2014 2:07 PM

    excuse me while i laugh

  17. jwilliamsspf says: Mar 26, 2014 2:07 PM

    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.

  18. sarcasm says: Mar 26, 2014 2:07 PM

    Good luck with that Bruce.

  19. r8rsfan says: Mar 26, 2014 2:09 PM

    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.

  20. budklosterman says: Mar 26, 2014 2:09 PM

    I am pretty sure that Tom Coughlin and Rex Ryan said the same thing last year. You see how well that worked out for them!

  21. ajg314 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:09 PM

    tellemallrex says:
    Mar 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    If Rex Ryan said this, you knuckleheads would be killing him!
    ———————————————–

    You are so on the money!!

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 26, 2014 2:10 PM

    Sorry Bruce, your SB chances went away when you “retired” from the Steelers.

  23. schmedley69 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:11 PM

    He’s a blowhard.

  24. tharoostah says: Mar 26, 2014 2:12 PM

    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?

  25. mathomp3 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:12 PM

    That would make three different NFC West teams in 3 consecutive years to represent the NFC in the big game.

  26. kingdm8 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:14 PM

    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.

  27. beardinals says: Mar 26, 2014 2:14 PM

    Except Rex Ryan’s statement would be “we’re gonna win the Super Bowl, and you can quote me”.

  28. fordmandalay says: Mar 26, 2014 2:16 PM

    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.

  29. flexx91 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:16 PM

    The 3rd best team in a division usually doesn’t make it to a Super Bowl.

  30. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 26, 2014 2:17 PM

    IT WILL BE TOO HOT, NO ONE WILL WANT TO GO THERE

  31. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 26, 2014 2:17 PM

    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.

  32. steelerben says: Mar 26, 2014 2:19 PM

    Boy, that guy sure is having a busy retirement.

  33. FreewayJim says: Mar 26, 2014 2:20 PM

    Make the playoffs coming out of that brutally tough division and anything can happen.

  34. granadafan says: Mar 26, 2014 2:22 PM

    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.

  35. drgreenstreak says: Mar 26, 2014 2:25 PM

    I would love some of that Cardinal Kush he is smoking!

  36. realdealsteel says: Mar 26, 2014 2:27 PM

    The Cardinals have the defense. If the offense takes a step up, they could pull it off.

  37. fnc111 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:27 PM

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

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:28 PM

    Maybe if they brought back Kurt Warner.

  39. jburk003 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:30 PM

    I can think if 2 reasons:

    The 49ers and the Seahawks. Not necessarily in that order

  40. bobbybrown3 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:33 PM

    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?

  41. FreewayJim says: Mar 26, 2014 2:38 PM

    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.
    —————————————————

    You also had the L.A. Rams playing the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena after the 1979 Season.

  42. ninerboi says: Mar 26, 2014 2:39 PM

    We still own you Arizona.

    Signed,

    The Faithful

  43. taylorgangtrippymane says: Mar 26, 2014 2:43 PM

    Seattle has already repeated as Super Bowl Champions. LOL @ Arians. The Cardinals? Get real dude

  44. iamkillerfin says: Mar 26, 2014 2:44 PM

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN FOR THE CARDS!!!

  45. drindt says: Mar 26, 2014 2:45 PM

    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.

  46. salscobrakai says: Mar 26, 2014 2:47 PM

    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.

  47. southpaw2k says: Mar 26, 2014 2:55 PM

    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.

  48. darksidecowboy says: Mar 26, 2014 2:58 PM

    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!

  49. flexx91 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:00 PM

    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.

  50. engymass says: Mar 26, 2014 3:00 PM

    We couldn’t wait to get this guy out of Pittsburgh. But good luck to the Cards…

  51. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 26, 2014 3:06 PM

    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.

  52. MostlyRight says: Mar 26, 2014 3:07 PM

    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.

  53. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Mar 26, 2014 3:12 PM

    Road to AZ goes through Santa Clara

  54. theclink12 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:12 PM

    The 49ers and Seahawks are two pretty good reasons, Bruce.

  55. boyshole25 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:14 PM

    Coach of the year two years running

  56. petericca says: Mar 26, 2014 3:14 PM

    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.

  57. MostlyRight says: Mar 26, 2014 3:18 PM

    “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.

  58. desbattle82 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:35 PM

    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

  59. WestCoast 49er/Bolts says: Mar 26, 2014 3:38 PM

    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 !

  60. skolisstupid says: Mar 26, 2014 3:43 PM

    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.

  61. granadafan says: Mar 26, 2014 3:43 PM

    Uh Bruce, did you forget that you still have Carson friggin Palmer as QB?

  62. ajgreenhof says: Mar 26, 2014 3:45 PM

    So are 31 other teams.

  63. ariani1985 says: Mar 26, 2014 3:45 PM

    Maybe you never know. And I want green bay to not be the laughter of all clown music played too

  64. coolherc says: Mar 26, 2014 3:56 PM

    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.

  65. raidermick3sb3rings says: Mar 26, 2014 4:11 PM

    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…

  66. weepingjebus says: Mar 26, 2014 4:12 PM

    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!

  67. goldrush36 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:14 PM

    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.

  68. seaeagle707 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:38 PM

    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.

  69. goldrush36 says: Mar 26, 2014 4:41 PM

    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.

  70. sumkat says: Mar 26, 2014 5:00 PM

    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

  71. higheriqthanyou says: Mar 26, 2014 5:00 PM

    Superbowl champs are the Seahawks.

    You’ve got to beat the man, to be the man.

  72. goldblooded415 says: Mar 26, 2014 5:23 PM

    NFC West, best division to watch football.

  73. fiverings37 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:16 PM

    Good luck with that. The Curse of the Super Bowl host city team is for real.

  74. beardinals says: Mar 26, 2014 10:58 PM

    Last time the SB was in Glendale, The Cardinals went 8-8. Not great, but not a disaster. Curse debunked.

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