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Bruce Arians was willing to call out players by name after loss

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians yells during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) AP

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim admitted he was “angry, disappointed, embarrassed” about his team’s loss to the undermanned Patriots Sunday night.

Coach Bruce Arians took it a step further, unafraid to call out specific individuals while expressing his displeasure with the loss.

Via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, Arians aired out a few guys during his post-mortem press conference.

His targets included first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche, whose performance Arians described as “poor.”

“He jumped offside when they weren’t even set on a big third down,” Arians said. “Other than that, he was not a factor.”

Regarding cornerback Justin Bethel, who has been dealing with a foot injury, Arians said: “Justin has to decide if he’s going to play with that foot. He was just an average spectator in special teams, missed two tackles. If he’s going to play, he needs to play better or he shouldn’t play.”

But perhaps the best was his scolding of the choreographed dance penalty, after Chandler Jones‘ celebration was joined by safety D.J. Swearinger.

“One of the things that has not happened around here will not happen again – or you won’t be here,” the coach said.

Of course, they’re not going to cut Jones after trading a second-round pick for a pass-rusher, so it ought to serve as notice to Swearinger.

But the way Arians was calling guys out after the loss, there are plenty of guys who should be on notice as well.

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  1. cobrala2 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:08 AM

    The offensive-minded Rex Ryan.
    He’d be a flash in the pan head coach if he sticks around long enough to see a roster rotation. But that won’t happen since he cherry-picked a high talent roster and immediately proclaimed it’s his last ride… how convenient.

  2. rogobrothers says: Sep 13, 2016 11:11 AM

    I like it.

    Does this mean Brady gets suspended again because he is friends with Chandler Jones?

  3. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 13, 2016 11:11 AM

    Any chance he also called out the man in the mirror?

  4. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 13, 2016 11:12 AM

    Soft, overrated team that’s going nowhere. They’ll put up some offensive fantasy stats here and there, but will be lucky to scratch out 9-10 wins.

    Welcome to 2nd place in the NFC West, Cardinals fans. get used to it.

  5. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 13, 2016 11:13 AM

    Jones will be just fine……….wait till he shows up at police station half naked again high on drugs….

  6. tylawspick6 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:14 AM

    Fact:

    Chandler Jones did that stupid sack dance with another immature player (Swearinger) because Arians is in love with himself as well.

    Immaturity and an inflated ego trickles down from the top.

    One reason why Chandler Jones was dealt is because he’s too immature and self centered to give 15-17 million per to. He just is. Plus, the Pats have other fish to fry with cap discipline (Hightower, Collins, Butler).

    Ask Rexie Ryan how reading your own press clippings (by an uneducated media) works out.

    Carry on.

  7. sonhoodoo says: Sep 13, 2016 11:14 AM

    Did Arians happen to mention how he was totally out-coached?

  8. fin72 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:16 AM

    “Justin has to decide if he’s going to play with that foot.”

    ….are you sure that wasn’t a Rex Ryan quote?

  9. mongo3401 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    This is not Besr Bryant days coach. Arians has been reading too many of his own press clippings. You were out coached from the first play of the game buddy.

  10. BoulderPhinfan says: Sep 13, 2016 11:19 AM

    Going through Arians head.

    “this is the end. my only friend the end”

  11. thisonesforpat says: Sep 13, 2016 11:21 AM

    Arians was outcoached.

    But let’s all take a moment prior to the Belichick canonization to recall the reigning Super Bowl Champions outcoached the Patriots 2 games ago. Yeah. Gary Kubiak and Wade “get outta Houston” Phillips.

  12. kamthechancellor says: Sep 13, 2016 11:25 AM

    Who will call out Arians for his horrific play calling and lack of team preparation in big games? Or against the Patriots second team for that matter.

  13. edukator4 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:26 AM

    But let’s all take a moment prior to the Belichick canonization to recall the reigning Super Bowl Champions outcoached the Patriots 2 games ago. Yeah. Gary Kubiak and Wade “get outta Houston” Phillips.

    _________________________________________

    kubiak had nothing to do with that. wade runs defence and peyton ran the offence.

  14. scw1993 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:27 AM

    During the week leading up to the game, Chandler Jones was quoted as saying he “had the game circled in red”. This game was a tactic, because it was put on the world stage in an attempt to embarrass the New England Patriots, who played without the GOAT, and several other key players.

    Too bad it didn’t work out the way control freak Goodell wanted it to. It all backfired, and now 345 Park Ave can deal with the fact that the Patriots are alone in first place in the AFC east.

    While true it’s only the first game, a statement was made to the league. Maybe Chandler can get naked and stoned again, show up at the AZ police station parking lot, and circle more games.

  15. Centered00 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:28 AM

    Arians is becoming a hero of mine. He wants nothing less than a Super Bowl title.

    With this tact, he might just make it.

  16. bleedgreenphilly says: Sep 13, 2016 11:29 AM

    During the game, and the camera zoomed in, Arians had the stare of a guy that collects shopping carts for a living. It doesn’t mean anything. Just something I noticed.

  17. iamthehorniestmanintheworld says: Sep 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    The Cardinals were full of themselves and except for the ever present Larry Fitzgerald not ready to play. That falls on the head coach. Calling out players by name for anything but praise is bad form.

  18. plum54 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:31 AM

    We are so blessed to have the Bill as our coach. It was pretty obvious from the start of the game that Arizona was taking the Pats lightly. That would NEVER happen with any team coached by the GOAT Bill Belichick, nor would Bill call out his players like Arians did. No class!

  19. otistaylor89 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:34 AM

    They lost to a really, really good team, who the beating favorite to win the Super Bowl and people in ARZ are acting like they lost to the 2008 Lions.

  20. plum54 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    So a Denver fan thinks Bill was out coached by the Dever coach??? No, that was back in Super Bowl 47 when Denver was embarrassed by Seattle, 43-8, something that has never happened to The Pat’s coached by Bill.

  21. citizenstrange says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    “That is a thing where two young guys need to learn exactly what to do on that play,” Roethlisberger said. “Eli has to bring two guys with him, and Sammie has to come flatter. Sometimes the ball bounces your way.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    After the game Big Ben publicly throwing his young receivers under the bus. That could have and should have been said behind closed doors. What a leader.

  22. realfootballfan says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    I love the “he was outcoached” crowd.
    When he got there, this was a 4-12 team guys. Largely, the roster is the same, and it’s the oldest one in the league. Arians is very good. If you think that team that went 13-3 and to the NFC championship had that level of talent on it that anyone could have gotten as many wins as he’s gotten out of it the last 3 years (including one year with largely backup QB play), you’re kind of high, and oh, I’d love to be outcoached and put the ball close enough to win the game if your kicker didn’t have the yips. Stupid fan overreaction as usual though can never just say good game and move on. Have to rip somebody because that’s what you do.

  23. qbarrel says: Sep 13, 2016 11:38 AM

    What happened to Swaggy B the player’s coach? Feeling the weight of lofty expectations, perhaps?

  24. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Sep 13, 2016 11:39 AM

    B lames
    R e-tread
    U nderachieving
    C ardinals
    E ternally

  25. vonmillertime says: Sep 13, 2016 11:39 AM

    I’ve been saying that the Cardinals have been overrated for a long time. They are a good team but they are not shoo ins for the Superbowl.

    1) Barely beat a hobbled Packers team in the playoffs last year.
    2) Got blown out of the stadium by Carolina
    3) Palmer hasn’t had a descent game in probably his last 6 games which is becoming a worrying trend considering his age.

    Why the heck were people ranking them above Carolina in pre-season rankings? 10-6 with wildcard birth and loss in first round.

  26. number1hawkfan says: Sep 13, 2016 11:46 AM

    The media loves them some Bruce Arians. Wonder what the players in Arizona think?? This Seahawks fan hates Bruce Arians and I would love to see a cardinal collapse. I just hope it happens quicker than last years collapse. I never crown a coach until he wins a crown. Harbaugh and Arians are two coaches who come to mind that the media tells us are great coaches. Show me the trophy to prove it. Bill Cowher, tony dungy even Pete Carroll are all coaches that had to earn it by the way they were covered before they won it and I bet if you asked half the media would still be polishing Arians and Harbaugh.

  27. zombiepatriot says: Sep 13, 2016 11:46 AM

    With all that is coming out of Arizona you would think they were blown out by the Patriots and that it wasn’t a close loss.

    It feels like we are watching the start of the implosion of the Arizona Cardinals and with Arians comments he is now leading the parade of dysfunction.

    They will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks especially if a strong Tampa Bay team comes in and beats them this Sunday.

    I like Arians but I feel like coaches coach and deal with issues without having to resort to calling players out. When calling players out you are not taking responsibility for your failings at having your team properly prepared for situational football.

  28. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:50 AM

    thisonesforpat says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:21 AM

    Arians was outcoached.

    But let’s all take a moment prior to the Belichick canonization to recall the reigning Super Bowl Champions outcoached the Patriots 2 games ago. Yeah. Gary Kubiak and Wade “get outta Houston” Phillips.
    ————————

    Gary Kubiak doesn’t outcoach anyone. He’d be worthless without Wade Phillips and help from the officials.

  29. trubroncfan07 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:51 AM

    He should call himself out, he got out coached!

  30. headwoundharry says: Sep 13, 2016 11:53 AM

    Laughing my pants off at Cheat Nation who believes they are even by Denver’s loss to the Seahawks a few years ago in the SB! Hey, Cheats, how did last year taste when Denver brutalized Prince Tom twice? Lomardi 50 shines bright in the Mile High City!!

  31. mmack66 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:55 AM

    Centered00 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:28 AM

    Arians is becoming a hero of mine. He wants nothing less than a Super Bowl title.

    With this tact, he might just make it.
    ————————–

    Calling out players publicly is tactless. It certainly won’t help him win any Super Bowls.

  32. weepingjebus says: Sep 13, 2016 11:57 AM

    See Bruce, if you had been wearing your red sequined cowboy hat, you could have slapped it on the locker room floor for emphasis.

    (And if you don’t own one, that’s an even bigger problem.)

  33. dayglo80 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:57 AM

    he should have looked at the surface tablets on the sidelines.

  34. whywerule says: Sep 13, 2016 11:59 AM

    realfootballfan says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM
    I love the “he was outcoached” crowd….

    So what was it?

    Do the Patriots simply have way more talent than the Cardinals while on the road and missing one lock HOF starting QB, a likely HOF starting TE, and 4 starting o-linemen?

    Sunday’s Pats, who uncharacteristically (for them) gave up two fumbles leading to short fields and 14 points for the Cardinals, simply had too much talent for the Cardinals?

  35. sc5000 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:03 PM

    Lol how does a guy get out coached because his kicking unit blows it?

  36. jvw1982 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:03 PM

    Did he call out the QB whose been overrated his whole life? He should be mad, how can the team most picked, as the best in the NFC let Belichick and some kid come into their crib and knock them off opening week? I don’t ever want to hear Arians and Belichick mentioned in the same breath again, this guy not worthy to be Belichick dog……

  37. bryonneufeld says: Sep 13, 2016 12:07 PM

    edukator4 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:26 AM
    But let’s all take a moment prior to the Belichick canonization to recall the reigning Super Bowl Champions outcoached the Patriots 2 games ago. Yeah. Gary Kubiak and Wade “get outta Houston” Phillips.

    _________________________________________

    kubiak had nothing to do with that. wade runs defence and peyton ran the offence.

    =================================

    I think that’s a fair point. Kubiak did a nice job of keeping the team focused, but it’s not clear his scheme did anything but hinder the team last year. The offense was the weakest link by far.

  38. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 13, 2016 12:09 PM

    Arians is and always has been your typical blow hard, pseudo tough guy, wimp.

    In the curb stomping NFC Champ game he said to Fitz “I never expected this”.

    What a gutless, ‘throw in the towel’ statement.

    This is why his team always folds when they face adversity.

  39. tylawspick6 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:11 PM

    Laughing at the Broncos fan claiming Kubiak outcoached Belichick.

    If NE was not decimated by injuries in 2013 or even 2015, they wipe the floor with Gomer as a 1 seed in Foxborough.

    Everyone knows it.

    The fact the Pats even made it to the title game in 2013 and to some degree, 2015, is a miracle in itself.

    Belichick should be a Coach of the Year Finalist or even a winner once in a while, but the media makes sure he isn’t.

    Arians cozies up to the media, as do other coaches for an ego stroke, but they can’t hold Belichick’s number 2 pencil if they tried.

    Again, carry on.

    It’s comical Broncos fans think Elway or anyone in that organization is on the Pats’ level simply because they go lucky facing an injured Pats team in a conf title game.

    Pay off Goodell one more time, why don’t you?

  40. therealtrenches says: Sep 13, 2016 12:12 PM

    Arians fancies himself a great coach.

    This is not how great coaches handle a loss in game 1 of promising season.

    This kind of reaction corrodes buy-in.

  41. dreadnok89 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:12 PM

    Is this shocking? Accept for bethel they all are known jerkoffs

  42. psubeerman21 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:13 PM

    It’s always a good sign when your boss throws you under the bus in front of the entire country. Everything is cool, nothing to see here.

  43. whywerule says: Sep 13, 2016 12:19 PM

    sc5000 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:03 PM
    Lol how does a guy get out coached because his kicking unit blows it?

    LOL. That is one way a guy gets out-coached.

    Not having your special teams prepared to execute as well as it should, while the opponents special teams executes flawlessly (e.g. 3-3 on field goals, consistently pinning opponent back on kickoffs), is getting out-coached.

    There are other examples of being out-coached, but you just pointed out one yourself. Good job.

  44. nhpats says: Sep 13, 2016 12:25 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:12 AM
    Soft, overrated team that’s going nowhere. They’ll put up some offensive fantasy stats here and there, but will be lucky to scratch out 9-10 wins.

    Welcome to 2nd place in the NFC West, Cardinals fans. get used to it.

    ———
    From what I saw Sunday the Seahawks will be lucky to win 8 games…. Boy that 1-year dynasty ended fast.

  45. captainwhodat says: Sep 13, 2016 12:30 PM

    as a Colt fan, I personally would rather have Arians than Pagano but that’s just me. Doubt Arizona would have even been in the game if Pagano were coaching them. Saw a dreadful coaching job at the tail end of that Lion game, even to the point the Colts were calling timeouts to help the Lions save time…wouldn’t have happened under Arians but that’s just my thought process…

  46. realfootballfan says: Sep 13, 2016 12:31 PM

    Oh, and it’s not “just coming out.” He’s been trying to get the attention of this team since training camp started, especially the younger players because they haven’t been mentally sharp to him. But go ahead and rip him since he obviously was right about his team.

  47. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:35 PM

    Its clear that there are teams around the league who figure with Brady out and the early injuries to the Pats that they can knock them off the pedestal.

    Pats put the whole league on notice that they’re coming to play whether is Brady and all the starters, Garrappollo or even if Brissett gets forced into a game.

    The game plan was put together based on the strengths of who the Pats actually had on the field, not on who they wish was out there. I think a substantial number of teams around the league and everyone at Park Avenue felt the Pats would get blown out to start the year.

    Instead they all got a dose of humble pie.

  48. greenwhodat26 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:36 PM

    “Cannot coach with them, cannot win with them. Can’t do it!”

  49. scrotiemcb says: Sep 13, 2016 12:37 PM

    At what point does Bruce Arians start getting called out the performance of his chronically underachieving football team?

    “All or Nothing” kind of painted a dim picture of everybody’s favorite media darling. As far as I could tell, he spends the majority of his time promising that he will always tell whoever however it is. He apparently spends almost no time preparing his team to face quality opponents.

  50. jmethane says: Sep 13, 2016 12:37 PM

    Arians is becoming a hero of mine. He wants nothing less than a Super Bowl title.

    With this tact, he might just make it.

    ————

    Players have to play with heart through injuries to win the big one. Throwing all your players under the bus to deflect any blame isn’t the way to earn the respect of your players.

    Bruce acts like he’s a coaching genius with 4 rings.

  51. mogogo1 says: Sep 13, 2016 12:41 PM

    Not liking where this team is headed. The GM was embarrassed by a close loss to the Patriots? Arians is calling guys Week 1 while shouldering no blame himself? They’re going to regress.

  52. justintuckrule says: Sep 13, 2016 12:42 PM

    Arians wasn’t outcoached. They didn’t lose because of scheme. They lost because they thought all they had to do was show up and they’d win automatically against a Brady-less, Gronk-less, Ninkovich-less, Solder-less team.

  53. billymutt says: Sep 13, 2016 12:44 PM

    Pats fan here. Really can’t stand Arians – huge opinion of himself, and when the crap hits the fan like it did on Sunday, he can’t wait to point the finger at anyone but himself.

    And publicly calling out your players like that shows a complete lack of management style. Such a pity that a great player like Larry Fitzgerald has to endure a coach like that.

  54. ibillwt says: Sep 13, 2016 12:56 PM

    Not a good practice Bruce. Study how the Master who was across the field from you would handle it.

  55. rootpain says: Sep 13, 2016 1:00 PM

    Arians knows he was out coached in this game. Yes his field goal team missed an opportunity to win it but really, had they won, it would not have been because they played better than the Patriots. Belichick and his coaches designed a great game that took advantage of the strengths they had to work with. And the only reason the score was as close as it was relates to the two lost fumbles that Arizon turned to their advantage. There is no question they all count, but turnovers are not something any team can count on happening to the Patriots as the season progresses.
    It was a good win for the Patriots. It clearly reflected their ability to be ready to play no matter what.

  56. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 13, 2016 1:02 PM

    I’ve watched enough Pats games over the past 15 years to know there were 2 pieces of motivation provided by AZ and the media in general:

    1. AZ players saying they wished Brady was playing because a win wouldn’t feel like a real win (“you guys aren’t good enough)

    2. AZ being declared a “Superbowl Team” (after the game, Belichick mentioned this and said “good win against a Superbowl team – whatever that means”)

    I know everyone likes to bag on how boring the Pats are in press conferences, but, really, there is no benefit to opening your mouth.

    Looking forward to the next 10 days, then 1 more game until we have a HOF QB back in the lineup.

  57. chuckshontaspads says: Sep 13, 2016 1:04 PM

    Calling out players in public is weak, unprofessional and juvenile. Bad week for Arians and the vile Goodell.

  58. bubbahotepp says: Sep 13, 2016 1:06 PM

    This is one reason why everyone hated Arians when he was with the Steelers. He blames everyone but himself.

  59. footballgodtb12 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:15 PM

    I think I heard the best analogy about the Arizona Cardinal’s this week on TV this week…They are the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFC…Can win a bunch of games in the regular season but don’t expect much in a prime time game

  60. imodan says: Sep 13, 2016 1:17 PM

    bryonneufeld says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:07 PM
    edukator4 says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:26 AM
    But let’s all take a moment prior to the Belichick canonization to recall the reigning Super Bowl Champions outcoached the Patriots 2 games ago. Yeah. Gary Kubiak and Wade “get outta Houston” Phillips.

    _________________________________________

    kubiak had nothing to do with that. wade runs defence and peyton ran the offence.

    =================================

    I think that’s a fair point. Kubiak did a nice job of keeping the team focused, but it’s not clear his scheme did anything but hinder the team last year. The offense was the weakest link by far.
    ————————————————————
    If we’re being real Kubiak didn’t run last years offense Manning did. How else do you explain a coach who has always been run first with a fullback not having one on the roster? How else do you explain Denver drafting a fullback this year and the running game coming to life in game one? Kubiak was just a puppet last year with Manning and Elway pulling the strings. Denver fans should thank their lucky stars that the defense was epic and NE was playing with guys literally off the street. Even with that NE too was just a missed extra point away. Enjoy your one year dynasty Denver, it all comes crashing down soon.

  61. infectorman says: Sep 13, 2016 1:26 PM

    “One of the things that has not happened around here will not happen again – or you won’t be here,” the coach said.

    _————————–

    Is this a trick question?
    How can something “not happen again” if it “has not happened around here”?

    A coach who speak in riddles….great.

  62. margoadams says: Sep 13, 2016 1:26 PM

    Sounds Desperate. Weak Coach.

  63. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Sep 13, 2016 1:38 PM

    headwoundharry says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:53 AM

    Laughing my pants off at Cheat Nation who believes they are even by Denver’s loss to the Seahawks a few years ago in the SB! Hey, Cheats, how did last year taste when Denver brutalized Prince Tom twice? Lomardi 50 shines bright in the Mile High City!!
    =================

    Lets all take a moment, and reflect on the great “Vince Lomardi”… LMFAO

  64. eagler927 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:50 PM

    I love reading the jag offs saying Arians was out coached. What did the great Belichick do that was so out of this world? They ran their freaking offense you idiots. This game was lost on the field by the Cardinals players not by the guys with headsets. The Pats did nothing the Cardinals hadn’t see on tape, they were simply inept when it came to tackling, and made mental errors like Williams whiffing on what coverage was called on Hogan’s td. Hey Pats fan who was trashing Palmer, he had a 104 rating for the game. Get your eyes checked you clown.

    It shows a pretty low IQ to say the difference in that game was the coaching. Arians should be knocked for his team lacking mental focus, but as far as X’s and O’s what was so different in the Pats approach than any other game? NOTHING!
    Same offense they run with Tom. Same defense they’ve run. So how was Arian out coached? Those of you that gargle Bill’s sack don’t get it that sometimes the freaking game is actually decided by the players. Pats players executed, Cardinals players didn’t. Case closed. And what would you be saying if Catanzaro made the field goal? Would Bill have still “out coached” Arians? Yeah that’s right, you came within a 47 yard field goal of losing a game your guru supposedly out coached Arians. I’ve never seen a fan base so clueless about how much influence the coach has on a game.

  65. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 13, 2016 1:52 PM

    I like(d) Ariens.

    Expectations high for this team/coach, and first sign of trouble he calls out the players to the media???? Wow, have to say, I’m surprised. Maybe he isn’t the second coming of Vince Lombardi after all.

    Seahawks Fan!

  66. metitometin says: Sep 13, 2016 1:54 PM

    Again, it’s not cheating if every QB screws with the PSI of footballs, as Aaron Rodgers admitted when he said he played with over-inflated footballs. And Aaron Rodgers admitted to cheating. Brady didn’t admit to anything, nor could Goodell get a confession from the ball boys. So when is Goodell going after the cheater Aaron Rodgers or does it only matter when the Patriots ALLEGEDLY do something?

  67. patsrule59 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:10 PM

    “If NE was not decimated by injuries in 2013 or even 2015, they wipe the floor with Gomer as a 1 seed in Foxborough”

    —————————————————–

    Not to mention the fact that the refs blatantly stole that regular season games the two teams played for Denver.

    Had the Pats not had that game stolen from them (on Goodell’s orders, no doubt), they’d have had home field sown up by Week 15 and could have rested their starters the final two weeks. A rested pats team at home would have beaten Denver.

    The Broncos may just find out this season that while Peyton contributed nothing to the offense last season, just having him on the roster brought great value, as there was undoubtedly pressure on the zebras from the league offices to make sure the Broncos got all the calls so that the Golden Boy could go out a winner.

  68. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 13, 2016 2:35 PM

    This is why I like Bruce.

  69. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 13, 2016 2:52 PM

    Bruce also included expletives before and after each name he called out.

  70. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 13, 2016 3:27 PM

    This is funny.

    What a douche.

    The team already is full of quitters.

    Wait until they hear this.

  71. smarterthanyouoryours says: Sep 13, 2016 3:31 PM

    Now we can get back to the good old days in the NFCW with the Hawks kicking the crap out of an over-matched Niners team with their college coach.

  72. therealtrenches says: Sep 13, 2016 4:51 PM

    jmethane says:
    Sep 13, 2016 12:37 PM

    Bruce acts like he’s a coaching genius with 4 rings.

    ——————-

    Actually, the guy with four rings regularly displays greater humility.

    And I’m not even a Patriot’s fan.

  73. thebirdofprey says: Sep 13, 2016 7:06 PM

    Arians was flat out coached, I watched on this forum where Cardinal fans pointed to how healthy they were and coming into this game.

    NE could not have been in a worse spot missing their star QB, both starting offensive tackles, running back and All Pro TE playing on the road.

    AZ blitzes got killed by short passes and its like every play Cardinals want to throw deep and Palmer looked shaky to me. Like any moment he could Matt Schaub like he did both games in playoffs.

  74. fanasaurus says: Sep 13, 2016 7:39 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Sep 13, 2016 11:37 AM

    I love the “he was outcoached” crowd.
    When he got there, this was a 4-12 team guys. Largely, the roster is the same, and it’s the oldest one in the league. Arians is very good. If you think that team that went 13-3 and to the NFC championship had that level of talent on it that anyone could have gotten as many wins as he’s gotten out of it the last 3 years (including one year with largely backup QB play), you’re kind of high, and oh, I’d love to be outcoached and put the ball close enough to win the game if your kicker didn’t have the yips. Stupid fan overreaction as usual though can never just say good game and move on. Have to rip somebody because that’s what you do.
    ————————————–
    I would think the time for calling a player out is in front of the team, in private, not in a public forum. Also it’s the coaches job to get the players prepared so that they don’t make dumb mistakes (situational football). Also a coach should know if a player who is injured is capable of performing during a game and pull him if he’s not healthy enough to do his job. He didn’t pull the guy with the foot injury and then shames him in public afterwards.

  75. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 13, 2016 7:54 PM

    realfootballfan

    You know we are on the same side with FSU, with the greatest halftime adjustment head coach of this generation, but he was outcoached.

    Never mind who did or didn’t play. That’s football.

    The reality is, watching the film, NE was giving them the same looks for most of the first half. Bruce loves to script plays instead of taking what NE was giving them. Once they got past that first 15 or so plays, they began taking the underneath and running against some of those shells Bill was rolling out there. But he is not patient enough to dink and dunk down the field, which is what NE was offering. Once they adjusted, they did well enough offensively.

    Then on defense, to not slide someone underneath to help the rookie on the weakside sooner was bad coaching. You had to know that McDaniels would go there as often as possible. They waited too long to start rolling coverage. Once they did, NE began to stall more.

    Failing to adjust sooner = outcoached.

  76. bcppats says: Sep 13, 2016 11:37 PM

    So much for the league trying to give the AFC a 4 game handicap. 🙂

    The LOLphins, Jills and Rats all proved the Patriots are better even without the best QB and Tight End in the league. Not to mention their 2 best linemen.

  77. 1historian says: Sep 14, 2016 6:53 AM

    heh heh

    Bill Belichik

  78. neil0311 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:47 AM

    It’s pretty easy to see what happened here. The Cardinals treated this game like a lay up and like they were playing Cleveland with Johnny Manziel.

    The Patriots are not Cleveland. I like Arians, but he’s no Bill Belichick.

  79. neil0311 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:03 AM

    To those who say Arians wasn’t “out coached”…You’re ignoring the facts.

    The Cardinals are a team who played in the NFC championship last year and were almost completely healthy.

    The Patriots were on the road, on opening day, without their Pro Bowl QB and TE, their 1st round OTs, and their most productive RB.

    The Cardinals coaching staff should have had their players in a position to know what to do. To come out in the media and blast them seems a bit hypocritical. This was a loss based on the inability of the AZ coaching staff to adjust and to plan for the Patriots.

  80. hang3xc says: Sep 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    Any other coach puts the blame squarely on themselves for a loss, at least publicly. They say things like “we’ve got to do a better job coaching”. Privately, they go over all the mistakes that were made by team members during film sessions, and I’d guess they only really blast players personally who do particularly stupid things, like Chandler Jones.

    Not very classy at all coach.

  81. castlelong1 says: Sep 17, 2016 7:06 PM

    Compare Belichick taking the blame after a loss – on to Cincinnati was not post game, it was wednesday. Yes Florio, it matters.

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