Arizona Cardinals' Bruce Arians: It's win now
"I think being patient is being complacent," quarterback Carson Palmer said.
With 26 new faces and as many as 14 new starters -- eight on offense and six on defense -- the Cardinals would appear to be in rebuilding mold.
"We're not looking to build. We work every single day so that we can win on Sunday," said running back Rashard Mendenhall, one of those new projected starters; nine of which were not on the roster a year ago.
"Those days of building for the future in the NFL, I see them as gone," head coach Bruce Arians said prior to practice Wednesday. "It's about win right now or, as a coach, you're gone. As a coordinator, you may not make it to the fourth game. Too many of those have happened in the last three or four years.
"It's win now," he continued. "Too many teams have done it. I've been around teams that have done it. There's no reason you can't get it done."
In the NFL, teams go worst-to-first on a regular basis.
For 10 straight seasons, at least one team has finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last place. Last season there were three such teams, including Arians' Indianapolis Colts club, which went 11-5 following a 2-14 campaign.
The Cardinals went 5-11 a year ago, finishing in last place in the NFC West.
"We are excited to go play regardless of what expectations outside the building may be," Palmer said. "We expect to stop the run and create turnovers on defense. We expect to be able to run the ball on offense and hit big plays. I don't think anybody cares inside the locker room, what other people are saying or what we're supposed to be, what we're not supposed to be."
As one of the many veterans on the team, linebacker John Abraham can't afford to wait until next season.
"We're going to be a tough team," he said. "We're going to be a team that's going to play 60 minutes of football. That's what our big thing is. I think we have that kind of team."
So, patience? Yeah, that's out the window.
"No, there's no patience. I have no patience. You can ask those guys," said Arians, laughing, referring to the players. "I have no patience."
Craig Grialou, Reporter
- Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham's three-sack day puts him in historic company
- Larry Fitzgerald's big day leads Arizona Cardinals to win over St. Louis Rams
- Karlos Dansby continues happy homecoming with Arizona Cardinals
- Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer shines in win over St. Louis Rams
- Arizona Cardinals fear Tyrann Mathieu suffered ACL injury in win over Rams
- Wolf's NFL 5 Star Games - Week 14 - Friday December 6The must-see NFL games of the weekend.
- Wolf's Film Room - Friday December 6Ron Wolfley grinds film all week and shares his findings in the Cardinals-Rams match-up
- John Clayton, ESPN NFL Insider - Friday December 6The Professor provides insight into this week's NFL headlines
- Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst - Thursday December 5A recap of the Cardinals game in Philly and what to expect against the Rams.
- Craig Wolfley, Steelers Sideline Analyst - Thursday December 5Will Ben Roethlisberger leave the Steelers?