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.

93 responses to “Bruce Arians: Week One loss to Patriots derailed our season

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.”

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 :/

  16. 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…

  17. 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…..

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Drunk Uncle says:

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

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

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

    But we exposed them.”

    Are you Bill Belichick?

  30. 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…
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    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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?
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    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 !

  33. 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

  34. 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…
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    Why wait?

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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
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    He played with a broken thumb.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. “That took a lot of swagger out of our football team”
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    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.

  47. “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?

  48. 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.

  49. 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?
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    I’m hoping their fan base…………………………

  50. 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?

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    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…..

  51. 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.

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

  53. Are you Bill Belichick?

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

  54. 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.
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    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.

  55. 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.

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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

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