SAN DIEGO – Bruce Arians didn’t want to really talk about his health Friday night.
“I’m fine,” said the Cardinals coach, who had to go to the hospital earlier in the week with a colon problem. “Just pissed.”
What wasn’t fine was Arians’ offense, which struggled immensely during a 19-3 loss to the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. After a preseason opener in which the first-team offense provided a scoring drive and
Adding to the rough night was the news linebacker
That at least happened earlier in the week. Arians said he didn’t think there were any injuries Friday.
“That’s about the only good news,” Arians said.
Arians was irritated but not panicked. Arians waved away the idea that there was reason to worry long term.
“We’ll go back to work,” Arians said. “That’s why you play the preseason. These don’t count other than you find out a lot about yourself.”
It was a great play by Flowers – Palmer audibled out of a running play after correctly diagnosing the blitz – but the pass could have been executed better, both Arians and Palmer acknowledged.
“Every part of you says it’s the preseason because it is the preseason,” Palmer said. “We have to continue to work. You don’t let it frustrate you. You look at the areas that are good with the areas that are bad, evaluate them, and move forward.”
Backup Drew Stanton also struggled, for a second straight week overthrowing a receiver into the waiting arms of a centerfield-playing safety for an easy interception. Stanton finished only 2-of-7 for 32 yards. The Cardinals didn’t score until
Although the Chargers did not play starting quarterback Philip Rivers, the Cardinals (0-2) did get good work out of their defensive starters. The Chargers did score 10 when the first-team defense was playing, but seven came on the interception return and the other field goal came after a 61-yard return of Stanton’s pick to the Arizona 9-yard line.
“We were a physical defense but that (performance) is not the standard,” money linebacker
All along, Arians wanted the Cardinals to be tested with a week out of the ordinary. Between Arians’ illness and the intrasquad practices, it was definitely different – and then came a flat showing Friday.
“A veteran team should show up,” Arians said. “I didn’t like the way we started the game and that set the tone the whole game.”