The locker room was half-empty by the time Bruce Arians was done with his post-game press conference, with players knowing the questions that were to come after yet another disappointing loss.
Here the Cardinals sit, with a 1-3 record, a quarter into the season and three home games already played. They walked off the University of Phoenix Stadium turf a 17-13 loser to the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams Sunday, and likely could be missing their quarterback when they play in San Francisco Thursday night.
“Everybody is (ticked) off right now,” wide receiver
“We are not panicking,” a measured Arians said afterward. “We are going to show up for work (Monday) because we have a game Thursday night against a very good team. We don’t have time to dwell on this one. We only have time to watch the film. We’ll be at work at 8 o’clock in the morning trying to get better and get a win.
“The sky is not falling for us. I’m sure it is for a bunch of the fans. I am as disappointed as they are, but we have a game Thursday night.”
The Palmer sack began a sequence that ultimately cost the Cardinals the game. With the Cards forced to punt while nursing a 13-10 lead, new punter
But Pro Bowl special teamer
“I saw 28 (Bethel) fall down and I knew that was the key,” Austin said.
At the Arizona 19-yard line with 5:09 left, the Rams (3-1) eventually converted a third-and-8 on a pass to running back Todd
With Palmer out of the game, backup Stanton was forced into the spotlight. The first drive ended with Stanton’s trying to fit a throw to
“That’s my job, so it’s frustrating to not come in there and have success,” said Stanton, who finished 4-for-11 for 37 yards.
“Unfortunately, I forced the ball. We knew we had to go down and get a touchdown and we kept trying to take some shots.”
The Cardinals did do many things they wanted. They ran the ball well, averaging 4.7 yards a carry and had a decent run-pass ratio until Stanton needed to throw it once the Cards fell behind. Palmer made a mistake early in throwing an interception trying to hit Brown deep in the end zone, but finished 23-for-36 for 288 yards and a TD pass to Floyd. Brown had his best game of the year with 10 receptions for 144 yards.
On defense, Gurley – the Cards’ main focus -- was held to just 33 yards rushing on 19 carries.
But the Cards made just enough mistakes. Bethel going down. Cornerback
The Cards ended up with five turnovers, forcing just one. In the last two games, the Cardinals have turned the ball over 10 times.
The Cardinals were also beat up – a harsh result on a short week – with running back
“We knew it was going to be a fistfight today, and it was,” safety
Arians emphasized the need to look forward, noting that he’d rather be hot in December after being hot in September in the past, “but we need to start warming up.”
Finding the temperature gauge on a short week with a change at quarterback isn’t ideal. But that’s what the Cardinals face.
“I just don’t think this team has found its motivation yet, its ‘it,’ ” a clearly frustrated Tyrann Mathieu said. “Last year, everybody kind of had a chip on their shoulder.
“We have to find our attitude,” the safety added. “We have to figure out what drives us. Our coaches aren’t always going to be able to drive us. … We’re 1-3, it’s not what we envisioned. We have a long season ahead of us.”