Arians checks Arians and some other notes

Posted by Darren Urban on November 18, 2013 – 1:01 pm

It may have been the timeout that save the game (although the way the Cardinals were playing defense, it might not have been that dire). Still, Arians called timeout right before Carson Palmer threw his interception and wiped out the QB’s lone turnover. The official simply couldn’t find his whistle, Arians said, and that’s why the glitch in the snap still being made, and not because Arians called it late.

Arians said he made a bad play-call and instead of going with, he realized discretion was the better part of valor.

“It was a play with Andre Ellington in the backfield,” Arians said. “I was tired of being stuck down there (deep in the Cards’ own territory) and I wanted to try and take a shot and flip field position. It was a bad time. So I called timeout. … It was one of those gut feelings it was going to be the wrong play for that time.”

It was the wrong personnel, Arians said, the wrong time to call it on second-and-long (instead of first down) and just nothing was right no matter how badly Arians wanted to make something happen.

“At times it gets frustrating,” Arians said. “But you have to be careful (as a play-caller) and not lose your patience and lose the football game.”

— The availability of special teams ace Justin Bethel is up in the air after he suffered a concussion Sunday. He will go through concussion protocol and the Cards will see where he is at the end of the week. Fellow special teamer Teddy Williams, who tore his Achilles, will be placed on injured reserve.

— Arians talked about facing the Colts this week (and this won’t be the last time you hear about this storyline). “The prep will be easy,” he said. “It’s seeing them that will be emotionally involved because it was such an emotional year last year. You’ll get through that hopefully in warmups.”

“I was hoping this would never be on the schedule. Because there are too many emotional ties to what happened last year.”

— Arians said the coaching staff for two weeks has been talking about the possibility of using Tyrann Mathieu as punt returner instead of Patrick Peterson. Those discussions will continue, Arians said. One concern is the amount of snaps Mathieu is already playing as a rookie. Clearly, though, Peterson hasn’t been his rookie self when returning punts.

— There was talk of the Cardinals-Eagles game being flexed to “Sunday Night Football.” That was officially put to rest Monday when the league announced the Sunday night game that weekend will remain Giants-Redskins.

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  1. By Dynosoar on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    3rd week in a row we scored 27 points and allowed 13, 24 & 14 points respectively. That’s respectable and we’re winning. 12-4 would be awesome, 11-3 is pretty sweet as well and as many seem to believe, 10-6 gets us into the playoffs. Whatever else we do, I want 3 wins within the Division.

    Palmer threw 30 of 42, that’s 71.4% accuracy. Elite QB’s throw over 60%. We haven’t had but a couple of games between Warner and Palmer that were above 60%. I believe he’s thrown seven this season.

    Floyd, finally a real threat besides Fitzgerald, if he can continue (and I believe we all believe he can). This will only help Fitzgerald and that will only help others. They always say it’s about peaking at the right time. We’re peaking and San Francisco’s fading.

    We have this. The real question, can we beat Seattle twice in Seattle? December 22nd and sometime in January. If we can do that, we’re ready for anyone the AFC throws at us in February.

    BA would have back to back Coach of the Year awards.

  2. By Dynosoar on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    I’m so glad we’re not being flexed because I don’t think there will be any game that day more anticipated than the Redskins – Giants game. It may set records for viewership. Yes, that game will be a bigger game than the Chiefs – Broncos last night or the Patriots – Broncos game next week.

    Redskins – Giants is the best possible Sunday night game, because both are playing so well and they’re in the best division ever.

    (And no, I don’t ever speak sarcastically.)

  3. By georgiebird on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    The Positives:
    1) Cards won on the road in the East
    2) Cards have won three in a row
    3) Cards are in the playoff hunt
    4) the team seems to get better each week

    The Negative:
    1) the last three games have been against arguably the worst three teams in the NFL at this time.

    But an interesting time for a Cardinals’ fan who is usually looking to next year’s draft at this time.

  4. By ored on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    still looking forward to the draft regardless,too much qb talent available and now we have a better idea of our weaknesses…year two of keims plan,i’m sure he’ll game plan for that year and the future also,he has us biting off just enough to stretch us but not more than we can chew.once we have the future franchise qb and a settled o-line it will be fun being a fan,not that is’nt so right now,but expectations will be higher.

    with a handful of qbs that suit us,i’m pretty sure someone falls to us,i would even get behind the idea of trading up,not necessarily one of the top two,but maybe a top ten choice,be it a strict pocket qb or a more mobile choice.i also think next year we finally solidify the o-line which should also open up the ground game,would be nice to have a qb and/or rb to be reckoned with along with our recievers,the way it is now the defense garners most the attention,not to say i would want them falling back,but rather the offense stepping up.

    something to hang our hat on is we’re still trying to be a complete team,solid in all facets,trying to shore up the weak,neglected areas and i see us moving in the right direction.

  5. By D on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply


    I am always looking at the next years draft to fill holes based on needs.Too early for names, but my positions needed in April as follows:

    Round 1–depends on where they select and who is available, I would put the higher percentage on a Left Tackle only because Carson is under contract next year and if they take a QB in round 1, then doubtful they would have him sit or Carson sit with his salary.
    Round 2—Left tackle or QB
    Round 3–DL. Need replacement for Dockett due to his age.
    They may bring back Darnell next year because of his production this year, but they need a younger version of him soon.
    Round 4–TE.
    Round 5–Strong Safety. They have two Free safeties with Rashard and Honey Badger but are old at Strong Safety.
    Round 6–RB. Replacement for Rashard.
    Next few weeks we will know if this team is a playoff team or a 8-8 team. Big game vs Colts and a Good QB,glad BA has inside information on them.

  6. By JEFF on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    Having watched Fitzgerald run down the field to block for Floyd, you quickly realize why he has only caught 3 to 4 passes a game and is usually a non factor.He is either truly injured or has lost the ability o separate.If smart the cards will trade him if possible and move on.This is a business and Larry is only worth what a 2 or 3 receiver would get paid.

  7. By Mike G on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yo Darren– Happy the Card’s got the win against the Jags yesterday. It was a weird game. Thought Palmer and the defense played well. I was a little disappointed in the running game. Thought we could do more against this team on the ground.—- 27 seems to be the Card’s lucky number–for that is what they scored in their last 3 wins. Also thought Housler and Floyd payed well. At 6-4 –the Card’s are where they need to be. The Cards have to treat this Indy game like a playoff game it is a home game and the Card’s have to win it. — Especially since Indy is a quality team — it would give the Cards more credability as they start their stretch run. Darren–The TE’S seem to have more of a role in the offense right now—Do you think picking up Ballard has lit a fuse under Housler to play better????

  8. By Darren Urban on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Housler

    I don’t think Ballard was needed. I think he already knew where he stood and what he needed to do.

  9. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    D —

    Used to be, even the first-round QB selections were not expected to play right away. Yeah, I know, that’s largely gone out the window lately, but I’d have no problem drafting a QB in the first round and going one more year with Palmer. Unless we get a guy that is clearly an immediate upgrade over Palmer in which case I’d release him.

    But I’d still go left tackle first.

  10. By Kevin S Mesa on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    Love Arians’ honesty about facing his former team. 90% of the time the coaches and players say it means nothing, just another game, etc. (Darren even mentioned this specific type of response in discussing Boldin playing against AZ earlier this year). Arians isn’t afraid to acknowledge it will be emotional.

  11. By georgiebird on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    Spending a #1 draft choice on an LT ?? Look up the name Eric Fisher who was an overall #1 !
    LTs are getting beat all over the league. Only the LTs who are good at anticipating the snap count and move a fraction early can keep the speed rushers away from the QB.
    Rather than an All American OL- let’s instead try a balanced offense that keeps the defense off balance. And a little more speed on the Offense won’t hurt. On Offense we need the franchise QB and then the best WR in the draft. In case you haven’t noticed, Larry is getting old fast. Larry will play next year as a 31 year old- his value is going down steadily although his salary is not.
    So our draft on the Offense should be- QB; WR; RB; TE; OL.

  12. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    well, now the season gets interesting.So far, was just getting in position to be in position. 2 special team losses huge (The Bullet and Teddy).

  13. By Credit Card on Nov 18, 2013 | Reply

    The Cards could be playing a little bit of possum with Larry Fitzgerald. Teams might now be focusing a little more on Floyd, Housler, and Roberts than in the past. This should naturally allow Larry Fitzgerald more space than usual.

    Three of the last six games are against division leaders. Two of the other remaining games will be against division foes, and both wanting to have post season aspirations or to spoil post season aspirations. Tough part of schedule is coming up.

  14. By Corgon on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    As I see, 10-6 could be nice, but couldn’t be enough for the playoffs. Our best chance is to somehow finish before the 9ers. Let’s go CARDS!

  15. By Big Ken on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    I see them drafting defense in the first round next year, quarterback in the second round. All speculation.

  16. By Casey on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    Why are you all concerned about the draft?? were in the hunt, improving each week, and becoming a real force!! Deep playoff run!!! (late,late first round pick)

  17. By jstn on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    Last 6 games Cards are going 5-1 with a loss to the seahawks, which then we will beat in the playoffs in seattle. Classic!!!

  18. By Scott H on Nov 19, 2013 | Reply

    Well, we didn’t get any help from the Patriots last night ( DAMN these Panthers ) and we probably ain’t gonna get any help from the Redskins ( against the 49ers ) this weekend. So…ain’t nothing the Cardinals can do but keep winning and keeping themselves in the picture. A loss this weekend is gonna hurt. And the Colts are beatable but…they ain’t the Jaguars.

    Bottom line – the Cardinals played themselves into the race and they are the only ones who can keep themselves there. And that’s the way it should be. Win games and earn it or lose games and get run off the road.

  19. By ored on Nov 20, 2013 | Reply

    i’m enjoying our run as much as you are and hope it keeps up,but draft speculating does;nt take anything from that.

    i think we should go qb 1st and then see who drops and is available,but areas of interest are dt,olb,safety,speed reciever,te,lt,rb.i’m not in the camp of using a high pick on a lt,last couple of years the rookie lt’s have not been difference makers,they still have a learning curve and would be of little help the 1st two years,instead focus on a proven free agent tackle and draft one later to learn.

    get our qb now in a deep draft,look ahead to when dd retires or leaves,get a playmaker with speed,and as always look to bpa.

    in the past it was suggested that adub be used at lb,but how about reversing that,washington used at safety and using minton along with dansby,washington probably has the speed to make it work and it saves us from drafting a safety this year.don’t know what the 2015 draft for safetys projects to be,but i don’t think 2014 is very strong in that regard.

    just remembering that great tackle reception for a td a couple weeks back,pick us an athletic lft.tackle and use him also as a reciver on more than just trick plays but as a regular offensive weapon,a hybrid te/tackle,just one more way to slow the pass rush and create a mismatch.

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