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Bruce Arians: Week One loss to Patriots derailed our season

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When the Patriots met the Cardinals in Week One of 2016, it was viewed as a potential Super Bowl preview between two of the league’s best teams. As it turned out, it was a great game that came down to the final minute — but it was no Super Bowl preview.

After the Patriots beat the Cardinals 23-21, New England went on to win the Super Bowl, while Arizona went on to finish the season a disappointing 7-8-1. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on the PFT Live podcast that he thinks the Week One loss sent the rest of the season spiraling out of control.

“I think the biggest reason was losing the opener on Sunday Night Football to the Patriots on that missed field goal,” Arians said. “That took a lot of swagger out of our football team, then we came back and lost to the Rams in another close game. We didn’t win the close games we had won in the past but it all goes back to that first one.”

The flip side is, the Cardinals didn’t give up on their season and finished with two impressive wins in Weeks 16 and 17. Arians said he thinks that will propel them into the coming season, when he expects his team to play a lot better than it did last year, hopefully starting in Week One.

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  1. noknoknokpenny says: Jul 12, 2017 10:42 AM

    No offense to Arians, but a team that is derailed by a loss in the first week isn’t a team with enough mental toughness to go very far.

  2. clownfoodpoop says: Jul 12, 2017 10:42 AM

    The Tom Brady less patriots at that point in the season.

  3. thecape15 says: Jul 12, 2017 10:44 AM

    Nobody thought we would win that game with a backup QB.

    But we exposed them.

    And the rest is history. Literally.

  4. jcsullivan25 says: Jul 12, 2017 10:44 AM

    If a missed field goal in Week 1 is enough to derail your team, there probably wasn’t much there to begin with.

  5. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 12, 2017 10:46 AM

    If you can’t recover after losing the first game, your team is in big trouble. I guarantee the Patriots would still have won the Super Bowl if they had lost that Week 1 game.

  6. kamthechancellor says: Jul 12, 2017 10:46 AM

    Only a weak team to begin with would let the first game of the season ruin them. The Patriots played four games without their starting quarterback and won the SB still. Arians is the king of excuses. The cardinals were overrated as so is Bruce Arians. I predict he retires after another failed season in 2017.

  7. Drunk Uncle says: Jul 12, 2017 10:47 AM

    Cardinals easily take the NFC West by Thanksgiving in 2017.

  8. JJ412 says: Jul 12, 2017 10:47 AM

    Seems like this falls on the coaching staff to rally the team past bad losses.

  9. patsfan1960 says: Jul 12, 2017 10:49 AM

    It’s always the Patriots fault why other teams just plainly suck..imagine if TB12 played in that game Bruce it would have been worse..so you lose the first game and can’t recover from that, but the World Champs recover from 28-3…

  10. nhpats says: Jul 12, 2017 10:49 AM

    The Patriots broke the Colts…..
    The Patriots broke the Seahawks….
    The Patriots broke the Cardinals….
    The Patriots broke the Steelers…..
    The Patriots broke the Falcons…

    Who is next?

  11. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jul 12, 2017 10:50 AM

    Can we please make one intelligent move and discontinue the use of the term “swagger”?

    Perhaps Bruce, if there were less swagger and a bit more focus on fundamentals the result may have been different.

    Notice you never ever hear any NE player talking about swagger. You never stop hearing it around certain teams that don’t get far.

  12. weepingjebus says: Jul 12, 2017 10:54 AM

    No, not wearing great hats and instead trying to play-act Mr. Corporate NFL Coach derailed it and will continue to derail it. Put aside the suit. Become who you were born to be. Take the cowboy hat road.

  13. therealtrenches says: Jul 12, 2017 10:55 AM

    good coaches would never think that a week 1 loss to a good team is a valid reason to go 7-8-1.

    *great* coaches would never let a week 1 close loss derail an entire season.

    The Hall of Fame is filled with portrait busts of coaches and players who lost the first game of the season to a really good team and found a way to rise above it.

  14. Flash1287 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:00 AM

    Really!? You couldn’t rebound with 15 games left to play?

  15. fanfrommontreal says: Jul 12, 2017 11:01 AM

    Weak.

  16. factschecker says: Jul 12, 2017 11:01 AM

    Yikes. So much for being mentally tough. I hope their 2017 draft position doesn’t derail the season. I kind of like Arizona. Any team that Fitz is on I’m going to at least “kind if like.”

  17. ricko1112 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:02 AM

    The year the Patriots won their first SB, they lost the first 2 games AND their starting QB. The 4th string QB came in, saved the Patriots’ season and was SB MVP.

    This admission by Arians tells us all we need to know about his coaching and the mental toughness of the Cardinals.

  18. RegisHawk says: Jul 12, 2017 11:08 AM

    Cardinals easily take last place in the NFC West by Thanksgiving in 2017.

  19. intrafinesse says: Jul 12, 2017 11:08 AM

    Biggest reason the Cardinals didn’t do well was …
    the team wasn’t that good. Carson Palmer played poorly.
    The Rams stink and they lost to them. No excuses.
    Had the Cardinals defeated the Patriots would they have all of a sudden become a really good team? Or just an 8-7-1 team.

  20. jockoe says: Jul 12, 2017 11:11 AM

    Nothing like throwing your Kicker under the bus for your failures.

  21. truninerfan49 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:11 AM

    Don’t feel bad Cards fans, the 49ers derailed their next 3 years after firing Jim Harbaugh

  22. patriotsdefense says: Jul 12, 2017 11:12 AM

    That FG was never going thru the uprights. If he hadn’t missed it badly to the left, Patrick Chung would have blocked it. If anything, Chung forced the kicker to take a bad swing. Chung is a special teams star when he’s not shutting down opposing TEs.

  23. armyravensterpsstrong says: Jul 12, 2017 11:18 AM

    Really Coach? Wow.

  24. cobrala2 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:22 AM

    If the first game is a loss and the whole season is derailed I’m calling the coach out.

  25. glac1 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:29 AM

    Not very mentally tough if a team lets an early season loss derail them… lol

  26. gbatap says: Jul 12, 2017 11:30 AM

    2015 Chiefs started the season 1-5 and only had 10 games to turn their season around. They ended up making the playoffs and winning a playoff game. I feel like 0-1 isn’t exactly a big hole to get out of or even 3-3 after week 6.

    Poor excuse from clearly a poorly coached team if 0-1 derails a season.

  27. dudeicle says: Jul 12, 2017 11:34 AM

    If you can’t get your team on to Cincinatti, Bruce, of course you’re gonna be pooched

  28. truetrue85 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:35 AM

    I’ve gotta say, I love me some Brady but weeks 1 and 2 are the most excited I’ve been in a long time. I don’t know what it is exactly, but something about having a young quarterback with unsure expectations made it awesome. But then he got hurt and we were stuck with a running QB who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat :/

  29. whatjusthapped says: Jul 12, 2017 11:40 AM

    Sounds like a lame excuse from a lame coach.

  30. dwoofer says: Jul 12, 2017 11:40 AM

    Why would the Cards let a loss to cheaters discourage them? ……….. duh

  31. jag1959 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:47 AM

    Isn’t it the HC’s job to get his team mentally prepared come what may? Arians should take that up with… oh, wait

  32. churchofthehoody says: Jul 12, 2017 11:47 AM

    I honestly can’t admit another (of any sport) admitting something like that. Embarrassing. And he was once coach of the year???

    You might as well fold the franchise, burn down the stadium and salt the earth; nothing of substance will ever grow there…

  33. concmike says: Jul 12, 2017 11:51 AM

    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said on the PFT Live podcast that he thinks the Week One loss sent the rest of the season spiraling out of control.

    Wow that is a comment that speaks volumes about the players, coaches and the team in general….

    So the coaches and players couldn’t beat the Patriots backup quarterback in week 1 and it killed your teams season? Where is the mental and physical toughness of your players? The football season is 16 weekly games….and you were beaten after the first one?

    The coaches including yourself couldn’t move past this? coaches mental and physical toughness?

    Crying towels all around down there…….everyone can’t play the Browns on week one…..

  34. charliecharger says: Jul 12, 2017 11:51 AM

    Hey Bruce: DON’T PRESS SEND!

  35. navyvandal says: Jul 12, 2017 11:58 AM

    Diehard pats fan. I thought we would go 2-2/3-1 without Tom. I felt one of those losses was going to be week 1 in AZ. The biggest problem I saw with that game was the Cardinals lack of respect for LGB. He had that unbelievable touchdown run, but there was also a 3rd and 14 draw play that LGB gained 17/18 yards. Give credit to Jimmy, but the 3rd and long throw to Danny late in the 4th for he go ahead field goal was a dagger.

    With all this being said, it was WEEK 1. Crapping the bed in Orchard Park and a goal line pick 6 to the Vikings derailed you.

  36. jonwill57 says: Jul 12, 2017 11:59 AM

    Sort of like Carolina getting taken to the shed by Denver, but worse cause Cards were at home against a back up.

  37. TheDPR says: Jul 12, 2017 12:02 PM

    You don’t need a franchise-carrying quarterback to win in the NFL but you DO need a decent one. Carson Palmer was clearly done last season. I’ll be surprised if he is able to bounce back this year. It’s unfortunate, because that team has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball.

  38. hawkstradamus says: Jul 12, 2017 12:09 PM

    Typically the cardinals season ends around Halloween. So yeah, it was a rough year for the NFC west untermensch.

  39. nepatriot1 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:15 PM

    The real damage to the Cardinals came the year before when they were absolutely embarrassed by the Panthers. Carson Palmer proved to be a choker once again. That beating lingered into last season.

  40. tim8450 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:18 PM

    It’s one thing to lose to Brady’s backup, but that is not as bad as Miami who lost to Brady’s Backup’s backup, a rookie with a broken finger.

  41. psousa1 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:19 PM

    after week 1

  42. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:27 PM

    So Bruce you got rid of your young kicker because he cost you those close games?….lets see how that OLD kicker does for you. The Cards peaked 2 years ago…..enjoy the slide down.

  43. infectorman says: Jul 12, 2017 12:28 PM

    The more Arians opens his mouth the less he sounds like a real NFL HC.

  44. psljax says: Jul 12, 2017 12:33 PM

    If swagger is what you rely on to win games. You have a problem since your swagger was destroyed in front of the national audience when the Patriots were actually underdogs made a game of it and actually won.
    Close game to Jeff Fisher and the rams wiped away anything that was left.

  45. patriots123456 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:35 PM

    If I was the owner and they lose the first game this year, I’d fire Bruce after what he said about week 1 last year…

  46. pjamdragon says: Jul 12, 2017 12:45 PM

    After Arians had won 2 of last 3 Coach of the Year awards, Belicheck took that game as a challenge. Without Brady, Belicheck wanted to show who the best coach is/was.

  47. aggression44 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:46 PM

    Wow, that doesn’t show any mental toughness for the cards at all.

  48. ganzendofstory says: Jul 12, 2017 12:53 PM

    Once again, Arians leaves no question that he is the most overrated person in the league.

  49. seahawkboymike says: Jul 12, 2017 12:54 PM

    The Cardinals had the best record in the NFL for two seasons between 2014-2015. Then the Seahawks shattered them 36-6 at home in 2015. They’re 8-10-1 since.

    It was the Seahawks that broke them, not the Patriots.

  50. seahawkboymike says: Jul 12, 2017 12:55 PM

    Drunk Uncle says:

    Cardinals easily take the NFC West by Thanksgiving in 2017.
    ———————————————————————-
    Here I fixed this for you:

    “The Seahawks will have the NFC West wrapped up by Thanksgiving.”

  51. zeke2517 says: Jul 12, 2017 12:59 PM

    “Nobody thought we would win that game with a backup QB.

    But we exposed them.”

    Are you Bill Belichick?

  52. seahawkboymike says: Jul 12, 2017 1:00 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jul 12, 2017 10:49 AM
    The Patriots broke the Colts…..
    The Patriots broke the Seahawks….
    The Patriots broke the Cardinals….
    The Patriots broke the Steelers…..
    The Patriots broke the Falcons…
    ——————————————————————-
    The Seahawks are 22-13-1 with a division title, 2 playoff appearances, and 2 playoff wins since Super Bowl XLIX, despite major injuries to Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson. They also beat the Deflatriots 31-24.

    On the road. On a short week. With the Patriots having 2 weeks to prepare coming off a bye week. And without Bennett.

    So the Seahawks — not so much.

  53. nsawins says: Jul 12, 2017 1:08 PM

    The Patriots can come back from 28-3 in the 3rd qtr of the Super Bowl but Arians says his team couldn’t regroup because of a week 1 loss??? Weak.

  54. fishyinalittledishy says: Jul 12, 2017 1:11 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jul 12, 2017 10:49 AM
    The Patriots broke the Colts…..
    The Patriots broke the Seahawks….
    The Patriots broke the Cardinals….
    The Patriots broke the Steelers…..
    The Patriots broke the Falcons…

    Who is next?
    **********************
    You forgot RULES.

    That being said if I was the owner or fan of the Cardinals I would be very angry if that’s all takes for your season to be done. Dear oh dear !

  55. jwf239 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:13 PM

    Just like that 31-0 loss to the Bills in week one of the 2003 season derailed the Pats season? Oh, wait…

  56. straighcashhomey says: Jul 12, 2017 1:22 PM

    dwoofer says:
    Jul 12, 2017 11:40 AM
    Why would the Cards let a loss to cheaters discourage them? ……….. duh

    dude this is just sad commenting. take a lap

  57. The Phantom Stranger says: Jul 12, 2017 1:29 PM

    patriots123456 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 12:35 PM

    If I was the owner and they lose the first game this year, I’d fire Bruce after what he said about week 1 last year…
    ________

    Why wait?

  58. tylawspick6 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:31 PM

    ricko1112 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 11:02 AM
    The year the Patriots won their first SB, they lost the first 2 games AND their starting QB. The 4th string QB came in, saved the Patriots’ season and was SB MVP.

    This admission by Arians tells us all we need to know about his coaching and the mental toughness of the Cardinals.

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    Another reason why owners, GMs and coaches are jealous of BB.

    They want it so bad, are so entitled, think it will just happen, just because, and when they clearly are not on BB’s level, the fold and fade away.

    Think Rex, Johnnie Whinebaugh, etc, etc, etc.

    BB has set the stage to lay waste to many an NFL coach in this league.

  59. calvinthegreat81 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:41 PM

    Really, week 1 did that to your season? Bad excuse here… just get it done son! Btw- D Johnson thank you for leading me to that fantasy football trophy you are a beast and I found you!

  60. jeremycrowhurst says: Jul 12, 2017 1:42 PM

    Your season got derailed when your quarterback stopped being able to throw the ball.

    Father time catches up with everyone. There’s no shame in trying to get one more season out of a great QB.

    But there’s a whole lot of shame in thinking that your 37 year-old QB is going to make a magical recovery after being completely done at 36.

  61. tylawspick6 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:46 PM

    jeremycrowhurst says:
    Jul 12, 2017 1:42 PM
    Your season got derailed when your quarterback stopped being able to throw the ball.

    Father time catches up with everyone. There’s no shame in trying to get one more season out of a great QB.

    But there’s a whole lot of shame in thinking that your 37 year-old QB is going to make a magical recovery after being completely done at 36.

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    I had them as a darkhorse for Garoppolo this offseason, but they were dumb.

    They’re fixated on Palmer and Fitz. Fitz is still pretty good at his age, but Palmer is failing in front of everyone’s eyes.

    Huge mistake.

  62. thecape15 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:51 PM

    But then he got hurt and we were stuck with a running QB who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat
    —–//———//——

    He played with a broken thumb.

  63. kevpft says: Jul 12, 2017 1:52 PM

    That is really sad. It’s week 1 against a non-divisional, non-conference opponent. In every meaningful sense, it means nothing.

    I immediately think back to the 2014 Patriots, who lost their opener to Miami, then got shellacked by the Chiefs 41-14 a few weeks later to start the season 2-2.

    What did they end up doing that season? Winning the Super Bowl.

    “Swagger” based on anything less than going for it every week is a fake.

  64. twinfan24 says: Jul 12, 2017 2:19 PM

    What?!?

    If an opening week loss derailed the entire season, then Arians wasn’t doing his job to get his team ready and should have been fired.

  65. Cleanosaur says: Jul 12, 2017 2:20 PM

    Great Coach

  66. pastabelly says: Jul 12, 2017 2:24 PM

    They didn’t just lose on a missed field goal. They were totally outplayed and benefited from a key Blount fumble to get a late lead (which they then squandered). Not buying it Bruce.

  67. Della Street says: Jul 12, 2017 2:25 PM

    truetrue85 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 11:35 AM
    I’ve gotta say, I love me some Brady but weeks 1 and 2 are the most excited I’ve been in a long time. I don’t know what it is exactly, but something about having a young quarterback with unsure expectations made it awesome. But then he got hurt and we were stuck with a running QB who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat

    _____________________

    I felt that way with Brissett against the Texans in Week 3. Playing with house money at that point, and was excited to see what Belichick and McDaniels were going to draw up. Was not disappointed.

  68. eramming says: Jul 12, 2017 2:26 PM

    Special teams derailed the season. Worst in the league. In Arians defense, EVERY team for the next 10 weeks played the exact defense the patriots did to slow the cards down. They had the entire training camp to game plan for them and every team copycatted it. Good job by the pats.

  69. thisisridiculous68 says: Jul 12, 2017 2:29 PM

    If he had any self awareness, he’d be really embarrassed to have made that excuse.

    But we already know self-awareness is not one of Bruce’s strengths.

    Tool.

  70. librarianfootballfan says: Jul 12, 2017 2:29 PM

    Here’s the lesson from one of the best coaches in the history of the NFL: you take it one game at a time — don’t get too high from winning or too low from losing. That’s what “we’re on to Cincinnati” is all about.

  71. ibillwt says: Jul 12, 2017 2:49 PM

    “That took a lot of swagger out of our football team”
    ———————————————
    In 2002 Belichick heard one of his players talk about “getting their swagger back”, he told them he “didn’t want to hear about any f-in swagger and they just plain sucked”. He unloaded some swagger in the off season and they won back-to-back Bowls.

  72. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:00 PM

    “You forgot RULES.”

    Yeah right. The only case of a broken rule was a camera 30′ out of position for 1/2 of 1 game. And gee, had it been 30′ farther away that thing called a zoom lens would have made no difference, right?

  73. lanman11 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:17 PM

    Teams often get exposed after a game against the Patriots. Other teams see on film what the Patriots did and duplicate it. If the teams can’t morph into a different game plan, they usually lose a string of games. I can’t tell you how many times I saw a team lose to the Patriots only to lose the game the following week against an opponent they should have beaten.

  74. aarons444 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:28 PM

    The Patriots broke the Colts…..
    The Patriots broke the Seahawks….
    The Patriots broke the Cardinals….
    The Patriots broke the Steelers…..
    The Patriots broke the Falcons…

    Who is next?
    ====

    I’m hoping their fan base…………………………

  75. aarons444 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:31 PM

    Good grief, this guys 15 minutes isn’t up yet?

  76. nhpats says: Jul 12, 2017 3:34 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 3:00 PM
    “You forgot RULES.”

    Yeah right. The only case of a broken rule was a camera 30′ out of position for 1/2 of 1 game. And gee, had it been 30′ farther away that thing called a zoom lens would have made no difference, right?

    ————

    Well to be fair there are the morons who believe Brady ordered some guy to remove 0.2PSI from each football before a game against the Colts….. Because you know, he’s just that good that he can tell the difference with an additional 0.2PSI in the ball…..

  77. dreadpirate88 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:39 PM

    The Cards had a lot of things go against them last year. Arians had three separate health issues during the season. The wide receivers outside of Fitz were inconsistent and/or injured, which made Palmer look bad. The special teams were beyond atrocious. And yes, Arians has some responsibility too — his stubbornness probably cost them a couple of games. All that said, they still have a lot of talent.

  78. dreadpirate88 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:59 PM

    Seahawks bandwagoners hate it when someone points out that the Cards have won in Seattle 3 of the last 4 years.

  79. patriotway says: Jul 12, 2017 4:16 PM

    Huh? What does it say about your football team that it folds like a lawnchair at the first sign of adversity?

  80. thecape15 says: Jul 12, 2017 4:35 PM

    Are you Bill Belichick?

    ——————————-

    Yes. Get back to work and do your job. While I set the game plan that will beat your team.

  81. TheWizard says: Jul 12, 2017 4:40 PM

    Threw that kicker right under the bus. Not good leadership.

  82. Drunk Uncle says: Jul 12, 2017 5:19 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Jul 12, 2017 12:54 PM
    The Cardinals had the best record in the NFL for two seasons between 2014-2015. Then the Seahawks shattered them 36-6 at home in 2015. They’re 8-10-1 since.

    It was the Seahawks that broke them, not the Patriots.
    ————
    Seattle beat them in 2016. Guess that means Seattle broke themselves.

    Regardless of whether Seattle broke themselves in 2016, I think we can all agree that Luke Joeckel will get Russell Wilson broken in the season ahead.

  83. bencoates57 says: Jul 12, 2017 6:39 PM

    The pivotal play was when Garapolo completed that 3 yard pass to himself.

  84. arzcardinals says: Jul 12, 2017 7:48 PM

    Catenzaro missed 4 game winning fgs
    Have fun with him Jets

  85. seattlesue427 says: Jul 12, 2017 8:59 PM

    There are 16 games every season. More if you’re good enough. To let ONE game determine the outcome of your entire season is just bad coaching. Never mind that the Cards seem to have my team’s number. They have enough talent to be a LOT better than they are, but it won’t happen as long as Bruce is at the helm.

  86. ganggreen11 says: Jul 12, 2017 9:44 PM

    C’mon Bruce your way to smart to make such a dumb statement

  87. mammothfan says: Jul 12, 2017 10:34 PM

    Derailgate!!!!

  88. patsfiend says: Jul 12, 2017 10:49 PM

    Add them to the trail of tears in the Pat’s wake.

  89. chieftaindawg says: Jul 13, 2017 7:13 AM

    If you let a game in which you missed a FG derail your season, then you have bigger problems than a missed FG.

  90. brwmstr says: Jul 13, 2017 8:06 AM

    ROGER THAT!!

  91. jjackwagon says: Jul 13, 2017 8:48 AM

    Bruce…you’re not much of a coach if you let a last minute missed FG in the first game of the season destroy your teams confidence for the rest of the year.

  92. yahdoood says: Jul 13, 2017 10:07 AM

    As a hard core Patriots fan I think the league is lucky to have a guy like Bruce Arians. Let’s be real people – he could have just thrown his crappy kicker under the bus. That was a tough game that the Cards should have won and I recall that kicker losing them a few other close games too.

  93. orrnumberfour says: Jul 14, 2017 6:17 PM

    Bruce aint all that.

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