Arians wasn’t happy with five-minute delay to take the field

AP

The NFC title game didn’t get off to a good start for the Cardinals, even before it started.

Coach Bruce Arians disclosed on Monday that he wasn’t happy with late notice from the league that the team’s entry to the field would be delayed by five minutes.

“I was a little disappointed because we were ready to come out of the locker room and take the field, when we were told there’s a five-minute delay,” Arians said, via Kent Somers of azcentral.com. “That didn’t sit very well with me, I’ll tell you that.”

Arians didn’t use the delay as an excuse for the 17-0 deficit in which the Cardinals found themselves in the first quarter, but he made it clear that he found the development frustrating.

“That didn’t have any effect [on the game] but it does emotionally some, when you go back and sit back down after you’re ready to go out,” Arians said. “But I don’t think it had anything to do with the start of the game, other than my blood pressure.”

It likely didn’t affect the game, unless the Panthers got more notice of the delay than the Cardinals did and adjusted to it accordingly and didn’t have an unexpected curveball thrown their way as they were heading out to the field.

Or maybe the Panthers simply took it all in stride and didn’t freak out in the moment, which the Cardinals sort of did from the moment the game started.

105 responses to “Arians wasn’t happy with five-minute delay to take the field

  1. So, he got back at the NFL for those 5 minutes by having his team fail to show up for the full 60 minutes of play.

  2. Maybe Arians could cry a little less about it. 5 minute difference wouldn’t have made a difference with how terrible Palmer played.

  3. Ummm, Bruce, there was lot more to your team’s debacle than that. I think he’s a good coach but that’s weak sauce right there.

  4. A Football Life Bruce Arians: Player said “How’s it feel to be the coolest coach in the league….and to be watching the super bowl from your couch?”

    Arians: tears

  5. carson palmer’s brain was on some sort of time delay as he was throwing into some ridiculous coverages

    ————————————————

    I noticed that too. He was throwing the ball into double coverage, that was senseless. Like he wanted to be intercepted.

  6. Was asked an appropriate question, gave a sincere answer. Didn’t give it as an excuse, deserves appreciation for the sincere reply, not trolling type behavior. When asked the question, what was he supposed to say?

  7. I think Arians is upset about the wrong things. Their performance was indicative of a team that was 5 minutes late taking the field while the other team had started the game without them.

  8. The Genius Arians should be really unhappy with how Patrick Peterson killed any chance and momentum the Cards may have had to close to 17-14 with his incredibly stupid choice to try to make a full speed running catch of a shanked punt and instead fumbled, giving the ball back to Carolina who hen scored to make it 24-7 and started the rout.

    And if the Genius Arians wants to blame anyone else, he should blame his awful Offensive Line who could not protect Palmer at all nor run block for Johnson. And this smoke and mirrors Offensive Line got their butts beat like drums by Green Bay as well.

    Peterson and the Cards Offensive Line are the REAL REASONS the Cards got ROUTED by Carolina. If Peterson had not fumbled the punt, the Cards may have still lost due to their lousy Offensive Line, but the lost of Momentum and the resultant 14 point swing negated any and all chance for heroics by Fitz, Palmer, Floyd, Johnson, Brown, Ellington, and other Cards to compete and possibly win.

  9. Only someone who has coached understands that there is an art to manufacturing/controlling the emotional state of your team. You want to peak emotionally at the right time. A minute too soon or too late onto the field and it matters. I completely understand what he is saying and this could definitely have an impact on a team coming out of the gates slow.

  10. Arians is obviously a great coach and has clearly done so much right in turning the Cardinals franchise into a big time contender. That said, much of his approach to that NFC title game befuddled me, not the least of which was his decision to practice the entire week in warm weather–and when their plane landed on Saturday they discovered the week’s forecasts were correct: Charlotte was buried in a 48-hour ice storm. It’s Tuesday, and our city still has ice on the roads that has yet to melt.

    – Titans Fan in Charlotte

  11. The Arizona Cardinals lol at the dumpster fire that is the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals have their problems, but none so severe as half the team retiring early to avoid a toxic GM and owner.

  12. Strictly from a coaching perspective I think Arians is a pretty decent coach who has the respect of his players. From a personality stand point he is a smug, arrogant jerk who never misses a chance to toss in a back handed zinger at an opposing team. Maybe a 34 point beat down on a big stage may be the slice of humble pie he should have eaten a long time ago.

  13. They got c blocked and went limp. If you’ve never played organized football you wouldn’t get it.

  14. Only five minutes, he would have really been messed up if the AFC game went into overtime! He’s lucky it was only five minutes. It could have been an hour. Or maybe he thought the AFC game could have ended in a tie.

  15. Geez, lay off guys. He’s not using it as an excuse or saying that’s why they lost. He’s just saying it sucked.

    He was bringing his team out to play on what was probably the biggest stage of most of their careers. So I’m sure he spent a lot of time planning what he was going to say in the locker room to get everyone confident and ready to play, then he executed it, building himself and his players up to the kind of emotional climax that these guys need to go out and play at their best with the nation watching, only to get the rug pulled out from under them and be told to sit back down for 5 minutes. I would have been upset too.

    The locker room before a game is a big moment for a coach, especially a championship game, and it’s a big opportunity for them to impact the game in a unique way that is much harder to do from the sideline mid-game, and it got ruined. And no, I’m not a Cards fan at all.

  16. Wait…

    There are 49 fans here shining their rings ???????

    Hahahaahah

    What next ???

    Kansas City Chief fans dusting off Super Bowl II Rings ????

  17. C’mon, man, Uncle Brucie. You just need a QB with great mental fortitude and Carson Palmer just doesn’t have it. That sack & fumble that Palmer took just rattled him to the bone. He never recovered… mentally.

  18. “Was asked an appropriate question, gave a sincere answer. Didn’t give it as an excuse, deserves appreciation for the sincere reply, not trolling type behavior.”

    Oh come on, man. A good coach wouldn’t even bring it up if asked, or would simply say, “it didn’t matter; next question.”

    If the coach of my team behaved like this, I’d be embarrassed. I wouldn’t be defending him.

  19. Arians is a constant whiner. He’s a good coach, but he needs to shut up.
    The fact is, his team wasn’t good enough and it didn’t matter that they came out 5 minutes later than they thought they would.
    All it meant was they waited 5 minutes longer to get their butts kicked.

  20. “Those 5 minutes took a long time to pass, but not as long as the second half took…. during those 30 minutes, it felt like time was standing still.”

  21. When does AZ wake up and realize they need a QB that can win a big game. He got very lucky against GB. Great guy, great family man, great community guy, but not a guy you want when a big game is on the line.

  22. truths4all says:
    Jan 26, 2016 9:57 AM
    The Genius Arians should be really unhappy with how Patrick Peterson killed any chance and momentum the Cards may have had to close to 17-14 with his incredibly stupid choice to try to make a full speed running catch of a shanked punt and instead fumbled, giving the ball back to Carolina who hen scored to make it 24-7 and started the rout.

    And if the Genius Arians wants to blame anyone else, he should blame his awful Offensive Line who could not protect Palmer at all nor run block for Johnson. And this smoke and mirrors Offensive Line got their butts beat like drums by Green Bay as well.

    Peterson and the Cards Offensive Line are the REAL REASONS the Cards got ROUTED by Carolina. If Peterson had not fumbled the punt, the Cards may have still lost due to their lousy Offensive Line, but the lost of Momentum and the resultant 14 point swing negated any and all chance for heroics by Fitz, Palmer, Floyd, Johnson, Brown, Ellington, and other Cards to compete and possibly win.

    ——————————–
    Ok then the final score would have been 42-22. Feel better?

  23. “When asked the question, what was he supposed to say?”

    He was honest but was his response to a very minor problem appropriate? If he thought he was being gamed by Carolina I could see him being pissed but it sounds like it was clearly something from the league, so why would such a minor delay be worth worrying about? This totally sounds like something an experienced coach would just write off and not give a second thought.

  24. Arians is just being honest, and he’s not making excuses. If I know Bruce (and I don’t), I’d think he’s just preparing his guys for the off-season. They got worked over pretty good by The Panthers, and he wants to give his players some hope. That’s what’s going through his mind when he makes a comment like this. It wasn’t meant for us, but for his players. No disrespect toward us, but he’s thinking about his players.

  25. Oh well THAT explains why the Cruds were absolutely terrible in all aspects of the game! That five minute delay has always killed great teams in the past. Good to know they have a good excuse!

  26. That’s the problem with this web site is that they take standard answers to the questions, isolate them, and make them look like an excuse.

    Still, when you lose as bad as the Cardinals did, your best PR strategy is to congratulate the other team and say nothing else. When asked about the 5 minute delay, deflect and talk about how your QB threw 4 INT’s and that had a lot more impact on the final score than the annoying 5 minute delay.

  27. As a Packer fan who finds the coaching lacking, Arians is striking me as Mike McCarthy 2.0. Not terrible, but not a guy with the construction to be a coach who is going to provide an X-Factor for his team. At least it looks like Arians can keep his guys in shape if nothing else.

    And where it becomes fairly similar is allowing themselves to go off the reservation over relatively small items that go against them. Bad calls will happen. If you blow a cork every time, you’re losing insight in the chess match that is before you.

  28. ctiggs says:
    Jan 26, 2016 9:51 AM

    We lol at the Cardinals while shining our 5 rings.

    ———————-

    We lol at Chip Kelly and the knowledge you won’t sniff a 6th one for a very long time.

    So keep shining, there must be a lot of tarnish as that newest ring is over 20 years old.

  29. It’s like most people on here don’t get it.

    You are asked questions as head coach, and he talked about the delay. He didn’t say it altered the game.

    People talking about whining and all that other stuff are missing the point.

    He’s the coach, he’s asked questions, this isn’t during the original Q/A session, and it’s not like he’s bringing it up himself on twitter.

  30. Pretty embarrassing. The Seahawks went into halftime down 31-0 and put up a pretty good 2nd half to at least make it competitive. The Cardinals went in down 17-0 and made it worse. Maybe they’ve still got some of the softness from the Whisenhunt era lingering around.

  31. The Cardinals offensive line played terrible. The only line that played worse in a championship game was NE Patriots. Palmer is lucky he didn’t get injured the way Carolina defenders were coming at him…

  32. Carolina has only lost 1 game this season. They’ve dominated teams all season long and along the way have set themselves up at the top in nearly every important stat – from 3rd conversion, points per game, defensive yards, scoring defense, etc… Carolina has had an amazing season.

    But clearly Carolina had nothing to do with the Cardinals playing terrible… Arians is terrible. Palmer is terrible. What we need to do is take a page out of Jed Yorks management book and fire all the proven winners on our team and replace them with all the Pro Bowl talent loitering in bars and couches.

  33. I noticed the delay also, as it was happening. It was supposed to be a 6:40 kickoff, but 6:40 came and went and TV was still running their normal 25 commercials in a row. So I understand why Arians was irritated. I was too.

    Why did these games start when they did? I guess it’s still true that no one in the Pacific Time Zone owns a DVR, so we can’t start anything before 3 PM because everyone out West will be OFFENDED!!!!!!! If that’s the case, fine, just start the game when you say you will start the game. I expect it in the Super Bowl. They say kickoff is at 6:30. If a kicker’s foot touches the ball before 7:00, I will be surprised.

  34. There was a nail-biter game that hadn’t finished yet on CBS, starring two of the greatest QBs in NFL history. It was either the league or NBC that didn’t want fans to miss the beginning of Cards/Panthers…so give ’em another 5 before switching channels, and not miss anything.

    Little did they know, the fans wouldn’t be missing much anyway…

  35. You don’t want to have to wonder if a delay affected the outcome, or if a bad start time influenced the game, or if bad weather dominated the game. It has to be corrected.

    It has to be perfect. It’s not hard to make it that way.
    These pros deserve to play on a level field.

  36. Not a fan of the Panthers by any means but shut up, Bruce. Keep your complaints to yourself after such a bad loss. Your team is as soft as tissue paper and they were exposed. Find something legitimate to complain about instead of your poor pro athletes being made to wait another 5 minutes.

  37. But all of you geniuses posting on here said the Colts let the wrong coach go and arians was the second coming of Vince Lombardi

  38. The Rocket Surgeon should’ve just stayed home. Five minutes, really?

    Team hasn’t been ready to the play their last three games. Got it handed to them by Seattle and then needed freakish plays to get past a crippled Green Bay team and they definitely left it in the locker room in Charlotte.

    Wah, wah, wah, call me a wah-mbulance!

  39. The up side Arians is now you don’t have to worry yourself with that long SB halftime that’s bound to have more than a 5 minute delay!

  40. If they had won they might as well not show up at the Super Bowl. 30 minute delays at the beginning and half time are common. He would have had a heart attack.

  41. So he’s saying it wasn’t a factor but him bringing it up is implying it was.

    I’m so tired of all these coaches and players whining over every little thing whenever they go and stink up the joint.

  42. Well Bruce, having coached before, I know anything NOT routine can throw your team off. Seems to me, you should have prepared your players for a possible delay, since you and your staff had to know, your game would NOT start before the end of the previous game.

    In that case, a delay is always possible. Make them aware of that next time. How can you be surprised at the possibility?

  43. No one really has a bigger ego as a coach other than John Harbaugh.

    This guy is an entitled loser crybaby. Do not like this guy.

    What is with is initials on his hat? Other people have red hats laying around the Cardinals locker room like that, huh?

    What a tool.

  44. If you’ve ever played for a coach or had a teammate capable of giving a great pre-game speech, you wouldn’t disregard its effectiveness. It can really give the team an extra boost. Getting that speech then having to go sit can make a team go flat.

    Don’t buy it? Try giving your wife “the business” then stopping for five minutes and getting back in it. Momentum is everything.

  45. I love how he is not making excuses but he makes sure to bring it up. That’s the problem with Arians. He is always complaining and I’m sure half his team has tuned him out, as have the officials.

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