Bruce Arians has learned how to comment without commenting

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Coaches who are worried about being fined for criticizing officials try to tread carefully around controversial calls.

Others make all the comment they need to make while ostensibly not commenting at all.

That was the case for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who thought that the sack-strip-fumble which Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis returned for a touchdown should have been an incomplete pass.

“I’m not commenting on the call, the forward pass that was a touchdown,” Arians said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Nicely played, Bruce.

Palmer himself had more to say about the play, which triggered a bit of an avalanche on his team.

“I was throwing it to Dave [Johnson] who was about as far away as you are from me right now,” Palmer said. “Obvious pass I thought. Surprised the refs didn’t see it that way.”

The decision was reviewed as a turnover and a scoring play, and Arians said the final decision was made by review official Lou Nazzaro, with referee Walt Coleman not reviewing the replay.

Whether it was a bad call or not is a matter of debate. But technically speaking, Arians didn’t say that.

23 responses to “Bruce Arians has learned how to comment without commenting

  1. What a sore loser. Cards window closed last year. Age caught up to Carson already. Just like it did to Manning from 2014 to 2015.

    Hope they trade Fitz to the Patriots. If anyone deserves a ring, its Fitz and he would make the Pats even more unstoppable than they already are right now.

  2. In a perfect world he could have conveyed that displeasure with a mere tipping of his red sequined cowboy hat.

  3. That was the worst call of the year. The throw was actually a spiral! Didn’t remotely resemble a fumble, from any angle, despite any bias someone might have in evaluating it.

    There’s zero integrity with the calls made today. Which leaves the league wide open for another Tim Donaghy-type rogue official(s) to sell bad calls to the highest bidder. With so many awful calls, how would anyone know the difference?

  4. If you see Terry McCauley or, as yesterday, Walt Coleman, officiating a Cardinals game, you can count on the Cardinals getting crucial penalties called AGAINST them at critical times throughout the game.

    Wish the NFL would do something about the biased refs, buy the league NEVER admits anything is wrong with their product, even when it is PATENTLY OBVIOUS

  5. That game was done by half time anyway, the Cards got caught napping at a team that was chomping at the bit from their abysmal record.

  6. the touchdown wasn’t good either. 2 scores that shouldn’t have happened. and if you want to talk about whining look to cam. always a cry baby. pouts when he loses and whines when he wins.

  7. From the time panther cross the end zone to the moment they kicked the extra point was 1 min and 26 seconds. Please tell he how the players got off he field, plays was reviewed, official states results, lines up specials teams units and kicks in 1 min 26 seconds.

    I also found it interesting there were zero commercial breaks in the 1st quarter.

  8. When a guy is catching a ball by the sidelines, turns toward the out of bounds with momentum carrying him, is tackled as going out of bounds. You stop the clock in 99.99 % of those situations…..but when it’s Seattle, inside 3 minutes, and they are behind……ahhh heck, keep that clock running and make em use their last timeout.

    I feel for Arizona fans this morning after stomaching 3 hours of being railroaded in New Orleans.

  9. This is the lowest standard of officiating we have seen since the Replacement refs.

    There is no transparency about the job they do. Blandino tries his best to smooth over the mistakes but we never see any consequences for bad calls, or obvious misses.

    It’s ruining the product I loved watching.

  10. That’s OK, BA. You’re first TD was actually an incomplete pass. Your receiver never held onto the ball….it popped out when Kuechly tackled him to the ground. He clearly lost control of the ball, and that was NOT a catch. Rivera was calling a time out to get a better look, but your team was pretty damn quick getting that PAT kick off. We saw in clearly on the replay.

  11. Didn’t watch the Cards game and I hate Arians, but after watching the Seahawks get completely jobbed by the refs against the Saints, as much as I hate to, I actually trust Arians on this. The league is fixing games.

  12. rohinaz says:
    Oct 31, 2016 12:32 PM
    From the time panther cross the end zone to the moment they kicked the extra point was 1 min and 26 seconds. Please tell he how the players got off he field, plays was reviewed, official states results, lines up specials teams units and kicks in 1 min 26 seconds.

    I also found it interesting there were zero commercial breaks in the 1st quarter.

    According to Ron Wolfley on 98.7 sports radio this morning, the relay equipment at the stadium & from New york was inoperable for more than the fist half. The call was NEVER truly “reviewed”. Take it for what it is worth, just relaying what was said on radio.

    Huge Cardinals fan but I am severely disappointed in this years team. Don’t know if it over confidence or just plain lack of effort.

  13. BA is failing this year. How he didn’t call a challenge on the 3rd down where the TE obviously never had 2 feet in bounds….I’ll never understand. BA gets an F this year.

  14. Second time in two weeks a QB pushed a ball forward from his hand, in a spiral, and it was ruled a fumble…. Seriously, the league can’t define a catch, and now, not even a throw. It’s not that hard, ref. Millions of 3 year olds figure it out every year, and never get confused about it for the rest of their life.

  15. The saddest issue was that it was so obvious that it was a forward pass, that you didn’t NEED the replay equipment…. the TV replay, and the one angle was more than sufficient to see a forward pass ( a spiral no less) that was intended for David Johnson. Palmer just happened to get hit…

    Cardinals not playing well, but hard to win close games when continuously getting on the wrong end of bad calls…

    They flagged Gresham for holding on a long run by David Johnson vs Seattle where the replay clearly showed, that not only was he NOT holding….he never even used his hands….

    But Seattle for the call, and it killed the drive which would put the Cardinals inside the red zone late in the 4th

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