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Bruce Arians says offense was poor in 40-7 win

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and General Manager Steve Keim weren’t happy with their team after their season-opening loss to the Patriots and weren’t afraid to let anyone know how they felt.

The Cardinals bounced back in Week Two, thrashing the Buccaneers 40-7 while making Jameis Winston’s strong opening weekend feel like it happened in some other decade. The win didn’t result in a particularly happy tune from Arians, however.

While he gave the defense high marks, Arians found plenty to dislike about the offensive performance in the 33-point victory.

“The score doesn’t indicate, I don’t think, how poorly we played offensively,” Arians said, via “We can get a hell of a lot better. Communication was not very good in the beginning of the game — way too many mental errors, especially by a couple young players. … Because we should have had 50, you know? We left at least 100, 120 yards and two touchdowns out there just on mental errors by David Johnson.”

Johnson botched one pass route, but still ended the day with 143 yards from scrimmage so it wasn’t a total waste of an afternoon for the second-year player.

The Cardinals will move on for a game against the Bills, who saw their defense ripped apart by the Jets last Thursday. That may just make them the “exact team” the Cardinals need to face this week.

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7 Responses to “Bruce Arians says offense was poor in 40-7 win”
  1. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 20, 2016 7:49 AM

    Not sure everything needs to be said by the coach in public. Especially calling out players. Everyone has their own style, but public shaming is pretty weak leadership.

  2. bonitalocal says: Sep 20, 2016 8:01 AM

    Arians is a self-absorbed, egomaniac that loves to hear himself talk. He wants so badly to be thought of as a Belichick.
    Good luck with that.

  3. reddzen says: Sep 20, 2016 9:01 AM

    I’m with bonitalocal. 100%. I don’t know that that team can win the big one with him, especially with him degrading a 40 point offensive effort. You think Cutler quit on his team last night? Imagine working for a guy like Arians.

  4. doe22us says: Sep 20, 2016 9:17 AM

    Blowhard still thinking about the Patriots loss probably.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 20, 2016 9:22 AM

    Pound the Bills and don’t take your foot off the gas, Bruce.

  6. jakehoyt says: Sep 20, 2016 9:54 AM

    Love it, Coach!

    Keep them humbled !!

  7. wartface says: Sep 21, 2016 4:03 PM

    Everyone loves Bruce… Players, press and the owners.

    His opponent’s fans hate him… Because he usually beats you.😆

    The players like him because they ALWAYS know where they stand. There’s no politics with Bruce.👍

    Bruce wins 10 to 13 games every year. We Cardinal fans like that!!!

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