Arizona Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians: ‘A lot of correcting’ needed in offense

Oct 13, 2014, 10:38 PM | Updated: 11:04 pm
Follow @AZSports...
LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach

Even though his team sits atop the NFC West standings, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was less than pleased with their performance Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

“I learned a long time ago that there’s nothing you learn from losing that you can’t learn from almost losing,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday. “We’ve got a lot of things to learn from that ball game.”

The Cardinals claimed the 30-20 victory, but Arians was unhappy that the offense was unable to pull away from the 1-5 Redskins.

“Taking the ball away four times in the fourth quarter should ice it for you, but our offense couldn’t close the deal, and it was very frustrating because we were so close about four or five times.”

Andre Ellington had 19 carries and caught six passes, but only had a total of 93 yards, with no touchdowns.

“When Andre Ellington touches the ball 25 times, we need to get more than 95 yards,” Arians said. “He was pressing a little bit, trying to get touchdown runs. Just get four or five and a big one will happen.

“A backside cutoff block, a front side block, throw the ball one foot further to Jaron Brown, that’s another touchdown. Those are the plays we’re leaving out on the field offensively.”

Arians said despite the 4-1 start, the Cardinals’ offense has not played close to 100 percent yet, and had mixed emotions about the offensive line.

“Bobby Massie got a game ball,” he said. “He graded 90 percent against one of the best players in the league in Ryan Kerrigan.

“Jared Veldheer, it was not his best game. (Brian) Orakpo was getting him pretty good and he lost his technique. But overall, the offensive line protected pretty solid.”

The Cardinals’ next opponent is the Oakland Raiders, who have not won a regular season game since last November.

Arizona Cardinals

An Arizona Cardinals helmet on the grass during Arizona Cardinals training camp on July 30, 2021 at...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals sign 6 players to roster following tryouts at rookie minicamp

The Arizona Cardinals signed and released six players following tryouts at rookie minicamp, the team announced Monday.
16 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals' Keaontay Ingram (30) runs drills at the NFL football team's rookie minicamp, Fri...
Wills Rice

Cardinals RB Keaontay Ingram excited to prove himself on the field

Cardinals RB Keaontay Ingram said he is ready to prove that the running back position is still the engine of the team.
2 days ago
Running back James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Houston Texan...
Wills Rice

PFF’s Cole: Cardinals’ James Conner is a fantasy football post-draft winner

The Cardinals added to their offensive arsenal in the 2022 NFL Draft, but PFF thinks RB James Conner came out as the fantasy football winner.
2 days ago
San Diego State Aztecs defensive linemen Cameron Thomas (99) celebrates a sack during a college foo...
Wills Rice

Cardinals rookie Cameron Thomas models his game after J.J. Watt

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Cameron Thomas is excited to work with his role model J.J. Watt during his rookie campaign.
2 days ago
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 11: Nick Grant #1 of the Virginia Cavaliers defends a pass intended...
Wills Rice

Report: Cardinals sign DB Nick Grant to deal after rookie mini-camp

The Cardinals have reportedly signed cornerback Nick Grant to a deal after rookie mini-camp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
2 days ago
Colorado State Rams tight end Trey McBride (85) celebrates his third quarter touchdown against Wyom...
Sam Graveline

Landing with Cardinals a ‘dream come true’ for rookie TE Trey McBride

For Cardinals rookie tight end Trey McBride, he couldn't be more jacked up to land in the Valley and learn from those in his position room.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals’ coach Bruce Arians: ‘A lot of correcting’ needed in offense