The Cardinals will go into December without having held a Victory Monday.
They had been staples of the last few years, once the Cardinals compiled enough wins during a season. Coach Bruce Arians would give the players Monday off – many still came in to work out and/or watch video – in addition to their CBA-mandated day off on Tuesday.
With only four wins thus far, the season may end up completely Victory Monday-less. The playoff hope may be fading, but all Arians wants now is a Victory Sunday. He certainly isn’t ready to turn the page to 2017.
“We just have to win one,” Arians said Monday, reiterating a line he spoke after Sunday’s loss in Atlanta. “I
In addition to the handful of plays that undercut the loss to the Falcons, Arians was also unhappy with the level of physical play with his team Sunday. On top of that, he felt defensively the Cardinals “had some guys get out of their lane again and try to do too much,” he said, a problem that has bitten the Cardinals multiple times this season.
That was the message delivered Monday after the team watched video from Atlanta.
“We’ve been talking about it for four weeks and the veterans obviously haven’t done anything about it,” Arians said. “Maybe young guys will step up and make the opportunity they need.”
Players were asked about Arians’ thought that he was disappointed of the “selfishness instead of selflessness that has crept in.”
“I would hesitate in calling someone selfish,” defensive tackle
The Cardinals have their next-to-last home game Sunday against Washington, like the Falcons one of the best offensive teams in the league. They are also two games in front of the Cardinals in the standings.
“Too many mental errors at this point in the season and we have to fix it,” safety
PETERSON, DAVID JOHNSON INJURY UPDATE
Arians said cornerback Patrick Peterson’s left knee is sore, but there was no structural damage. Peterson got
Both players returned to the game Sunday after their injuries.
Arians had no injury updates beyond the two key players.
ARIANS TO STICK WITH OFFENSIVE LINE
Arians said he thought the new-look offensive line –
Humphries played “extremely well,” Arians said. Asked if there has been any thought of Humphries staying at left tackle long-term, Arians said “we’ll see how that goes.”
As for Wetzel and John on the right side, “That’s probably the first time John has played a (full) game since Georgia State – I thought they got tired. I thought Ulrick got tired and John Wetzel got tired and it showed up out there, so we have to do something about that.”
BRYANT RELEASED, BRANCH RETURN IMMINENT
The Cardinals released safety Christian Bryant Monday, meaning they have an opening on the 53-man roster. The spot will likely go to safety
Branch is eligible to play Sunday against Washington, assuming he is put on the active roster.