Bruce Arians defends Cardinals’ effort in loss to Seahawks

AP

The Cardinals didn’t play well in Thursday night’s loss to the Seahawks, but coach Bruce Arians says it wasn’t because they weren’t trying hard enough.

Our guys fought their asses off,” Arians said. “You couldn’t ask for any more effort.”

Adrian Peterson managed just 29 yards on 21 carries, and Drew Stanton completed just 24 of his 47 passes, but Arians said it wasn’t just on them. According to Arians, there weren’t enough holes for Peterson to run through and the Cardinals’ receivers didn’t give Stanton much help.

“We dropped way too many balls,” Arians said.

Whatever the reasons, the Cardinals lost a division game at home to drop to 4-5 and are now just playing out the string.

24 responses to “Bruce Arians defends Cardinals’ effort in loss to Seahawks

  1. If theres one thing the cards have going is arians is a good coach. The players there are just hurt or bad. Easy drops. Ellington doing wtfs. Starting QB anf all pro wunderkind RB injured. Branch and golden hurt, personally i am amazed the cards are even 4-5 but if arizona does rebuild(which is somewhat likely and cleans house). I could see arians easily being the top name out there. I liked him in pittsburgh also and its clear indy should have kept him, they are browns level crazy.

  2. Didn’t play well? Was the other side?

    The Cardinals did better then the Seahawks for what they had, but came up short. Without AD running well. Players were dropping like flies on both sides.

    In the end, a few drives fell short right before field goal range, the potential 6 point swing at the end of the first half, and a freelance scrambling pass when Wilson had two defenders in the backfield collide for the pass to Baldwin.

    Cards came close, and if they caught even half of their passes, it’s a different game. Receivers couldn’t catch, and with no margin for error, it was over.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Seahawks cope with no Richard Sherman and everyone else.

  3. If theres one thing the cards have going is arians is a good coach. The players there are just hurt or bad. Easy drops. Ellington doing wtfs. Starting QB anf all pro wunderkind RB injured. Branch and golden hurt, personally i am amazed the cards are even 4-5 but if arizona does rebuild(which is somewhat likely and cleans house). I could see arians easily being the top name out there. I liked him in pittsburgh also and its clear indy should have kept him, they are browns level crazy.

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    I know a ton of people wanted him to stay with the colts, but you do not fire a guy 1 year into his coaching gig especially after his cancer diagnosis. I wish my Red sox would have fired John Farrell in 2015, but the man took a leave to absence to take care of his cancer which is luckily in remission as Torey Louvollo was interim manager.

  4. Everyone says Arians is a good coach. The product on the field is a reflection of the coach. The Cardinals are not a good team. Help me understand how that makes him a good coach.

  5. 64impalass says:
    November 10, 2017 at 5:55 am
    If theres one thing the cards have going is arians is a good coach.
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    I don’t know. A good coach never publicly throws his players under the bus, but Arians does it all the time. Similarly, I can’t look at Jack Del Rio without thinking, “When in Jax, he threw his players under the bus in a futile attempt to save his job.”

  6. Did anybody really expect them to win against Seattle?? Heck, I am a Cardinals fan & had absolutely no faith in them winni g last night. Without Palmer & Johnson, they didn’t have a chance. The zebras did everything they could to help Arizona. I mean 6 or 7 first downs by penalty….that’s crazy.

  7. “Our guys fought their asses off,” Arians said. “You couldn’t ask for any more effort.”

    This is Arians saying it’s not his fault, he got them ready to play.

    “We dropped way too many balls”

    This is Arians saying the players are at fault.

  8. Arians will be fired after the season and the Cards will get the next young offensive genius and start rebuilding. Bruce will last 1 week o the open market before the Giants, Bucs, Breown or Bears grab him.

  9. @64impalass Good coaches are capable of putting good players in place! Stanton & Dawson are not good! BA is good for being loyal to worthless players (Ellington)! Which makes him a bad coach! Both he & Keim need fired now!

  10. collectordude says:

    November 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    What’s he going to say?
    My guys sucked?

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    Well it wouldn’t be the first time

  11. I was at this game. Drew Stanton is a check down quarterback at best. He doesn’t have the arm or accuracy to throw down the field. He held onto the ball way too long and generally looked confused. I’ve seen my share of bad QBs, he’s right up there. He has a downward throwing motion that caused him to throw the ball at the receivers knees half of the time. The receivers didn’t help much, but this loss is on the QB.

  12. WRs are really fast but really small. AP is old…Cardinals have a thing for old RBs at the end of their careers. Palmer is old. Dansby is old. Fitz is old (but still productive); kicker is old; Iupati is old. They’re old at too many key positions.

  13. They wouldn’t have scored any points last night without the constant 3rd down bailouts by the refs on BS calls to keep drives alive. The league was doing everything they could to keep the game close last night.

  14. 4-5 is not yet a lost season. Not even close, even in a viciously competitive year in the NFC. Lots of football left to be played.

    Yes, Cardinals are old, it is a shame they went all-in with Palmer; he’s got the talent but his injuries kept a VERY talented team from making a mark.

    Adrian Peterson didn’t look good, but no RB in the NFL would have. Seahawks defense, plus lack of a true aerial threat = bad night for the poor guy taking hand-offs.

    Hate to say it but the Cards need to consider re-working their offense and bringing in a QB that is 1. Available, and 2. Some kind of x-factor threat. Colin K, RG3, heck I’d have Tebow and Manziel on the phone too. Otherwise, it will be a lost season, and it will likely end with breaking up the band.

    Much respect to the Cardinals, and their fans, here’s hoping Arians stays and gets another contender together quickly. It just can’t be that hard to lure quality players to Arizona for the winter, plus cost of living is certainly much more reasonable than LA, SF or SEA.

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