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With a late lead, the Cardinals win

Posted by Darren Urban on June 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm

“No risk-it, no biscuit.” Bruce Arians loves to repeat the mantra by which he coaches (and lives, but that’s another blog post). Sometimes, that causes some to fret about the chances Arians takes late in games — passes the Cardinals try that fall incomplete and stop the clock, or a shot down the field. But there is tangible proof it works.

Football Outsiders writer Scott Kacsmar tweeted out this amazing fact today: Arians, since 2012 (so including his stint coaching the Colts), is a stunning 31-1 in games where his team held a one-score lead at any point in the fourth quarter and overtime. The one loss came in Arians’ very first game as Cardinals’ coach, when the Cards had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter in St. Louis but eventually lost, 27-24.

It not only shows the ability of the Cardinals to play the kind of fourth-quarter offense necessary to hold on to wins but also rally (think of both wins in Seattle in 2013 and 2015.) It also underscores that the defense has made big plays to seal wins (Rashad Johnson and the secondary versus the Eagles in 2014, Tony Jefferson versus the Ravens last season come to mind.) Overall, it also shows a good team — good teams know how to win close games. The Cardinals have definitely done that.

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8 Responses to “With a late lead, the Cardinals win”

  1. By BARRY on Jun 15, 2016 | Reply

    Going to really miss guys like Rashad Johnson. He would have been a great veteran to hold on too.

  2. By texascard on Jun 15, 2016 | Reply

    Huh? That was still a terrible call to throw the ball in the packer game.

  3. By D on Jun 15, 2016 | Reply

    My 2016 predication if the Oline and RB’s stay healthy, Cards will finish in the top 3 in NFL Team Rushing. Two of the top run blocking G’s in the NFL.

  4. By shannon robinson on Jun 15, 2016 | Reply

    We haven’t even seen Coach Bruce Arians’ offense. He will run the ball first and still go for it big when nobody suspects. He will run the ball.

  5. By hummer53 on Jun 15, 2016 | Reply

    You just know that BA is still irked about that 2015 Ram loss. Cost us a playoff birth.

  6. By NJGlenn on Jun 16, 2016 | Reply

    It is always easy to second guess a move that doesn’t work and that is the risk when you take chances and go against the grain…but don’t forget all the calls that worked and sealed wins. Can’t have it both ways!

  7. By Scott H on Jun 16, 2016 | Reply

    31-1 is, indeed, stunning. What Arians has done here IS stunning. Not that the Steelers haven’t done OK since they sent him into “retirement” but I really think ( and certainly hope! ) that time may come to prove that letting Arians go was a huge mistake for them. And that their loss was our gain.

    I like Tomlin but I would take Arians over him ANY DAY.

  8. By William Barry on Jun 21, 2016 | Reply

    I agree with Scott H.’s comments here…..BA over Tomlin any day!!!!!!

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