The Cardinals are 2-0 after getting strong starts from both their offense and their defense this season, which is the sort of thing that leads to a lot of slaps on the back.
It’s only been two weeks of a 16-game season, however, and coach Bruce Arians wants his players to keep things in perspective. Quarterback Carson Palmer said that Arians reminded the team that they “ain’t [bleep]” during Wednesday’s team meeting and Arians found another way to make the point when he was talking to the media.
“When they’re patting you on the back, they’re looking for a soft spot where to stick the knife,” Arians said, via ESPN.com.
The Cardinals learned last season that a fast start doesn’t guarantee anything as Palmer’s injury played a major role in the team going from 9-1 to 11-5 and a playoff loss on the road to the Panthers. There’s no message Arians can send that will eliminate the possibility of another major injury, but the memory of last year and the coach’s stance this year should keep the team from getting too far ahead of itself.