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 ArizonaSports.com. “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.