Bruce Arians changes course, rejects blame for fateful call

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After Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Texans came to an end, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he “cost our team the game” by calling for an Adrian Peterson run on fourth-and-one from his own 34-yard-line while down three with over six minutes left in the game.

Peterson was stuffed and the Texans scored a touchdown on the next play to account for their final margin of victory. Arians said the team should have punted “in retrospect,” but Arians revealed on Monday that he thought better of that assessment after watching tape of the game.

“The fourth-down call, I take all that s–t back I said yesterday,” Arians said, via the Arizona Republic. “That was a damn good call, and we busted an assignment at the point of attack. That was an easy pickup. Goody [offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin] had a hell of a play designed, we called it and we busted an assignment. They did not whup us up there. We just turned them loose, the interior of our offensive line. So, I take everything I said back.”

Coaches often say they have to look at the tape before they offer any concrete assessments of how their team played, but, honest or otherwise, it’s unusual to hear a coach use a film session to take the spotlight off of them and put it back on their players.

18 responses to “Bruce Arians changes course, rejects blame for fateful call

  1. This guy is amazing, there was no need to bring it up again and then to shift the blame away from him……wow.

  2. How does ANYone play hard for this guy? He is constantly throwing his guys under the bus. The one time it looks like he’s going to take personal responsibility as a coach, he retracts it a day later. This is the exact opposite of leadership and class.

    And now the GM is on the bandwagon saying their WRs are so bad they need to be replaced by JAGs from the street or practice squads. Both Arians AND Keim need to go if the Cardinals are ever going anywhere again.

  3. He’s still calling out everyone except himself, eh? The Bruce Arians blame bus is rolling right along…lol Hopefully there will be two head coaching spots available in the NFC West after the season ends.

  4. I guess I see it differently than some of you. I find it honest and refreshing to see a head coach second guessing his own decisions. Then second guessing his own second guessing.

    You can see the back and forth, the internal conflict that decision makers struggle with. I totally understand that simple minds want to make everything simple, but life is complicated. One should never stop questioning themselves. Questioning yourself is how beliefs are made.

  5. factschecker says:
    November 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I guess I see it differently than some of you. I find it honest and refreshing to see a head coach second guessing his own decisions. Then second guessing his own second guessing.

    You can see the back and forth, the internal conflict that decision makers struggle with. I totally understand that simple minds want to make everything simple, but life is complicated. One should never stop questioning themselves. Questioning yourself is how beliefs are made.
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    Couldn’t agree more. In Houston we’re all really sick of Savage getting sack-fumbled or throwing bad passes or throwing interceptions or the defensive secondary getting burned over and over again – only to hear O’Brien in the press conference saying “I need to coach better” as an excuse.

  6. Can’t believe he retracted his statement. What a “man”… taking blame and then… Oh, you know what? Na… it’s our O-Line that sucks. Grow a pair Arians, it was your decision that you shouldn’t have made and everyone knows it. Wow… I’d rather have Ken Whisenhunt back. At least he got us to a Superbowl amidst some bad seasons.

  7. Any play can be blown up by poor execution, the fault lies with risking giving the ball back and flipping field position with 6 minutes left and down by 3.

  8. Boy some of you really don’t grasp the concept of accountability do you, especially when it comes to a sport. All I ever see with ppl on this site when it comes to Arians is “there he is throwing another player under the bus and won’t take the blame. Sure coaches can have blame on themselves, like Pete Carroll should for calling a fake FG at the end of the first half. Should Arians have gone for it? Well it’s either he looks bad if it fails or a genius if it works. But when it comes to players making plays and doing their “assignment”, whether it be blocking, catching a ball, covering a receiver or how bad Atlanta’s “SPY LB” on Russel Wilson was attempted, those are on the players, not the coach. The coach isn’t out there making the mistakes on the field, it’s the players. Maybe some of you never played sports and are just fans of the game. If you were an athlete that played a team sport, you should understand that it’s you the player who’s job is to perform the way you should, not the coach.

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