TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watched the film of Arizona's 27-13 win over Atlanta on Monday morning and was pleased the video version matched the version in his head.
“It’s always nice when the film, after you grade it, is what you thought it was at the game,” Arians said. “I thought the energy was outstanding. We set a new level of energy that we have to continue to have every week.”
But it was the play of rookie running back Andre Ellington that dominated the news conference:
Arians wouldn’t commit to a starting running back for the Cardinals’ game against Houston on Nov. 10. He wouldn’t promote Ellington to that role but at the same time said he’ll evaluate the situation when Rashard Mendenhall returns form his turf toe injury. “I’m sure he’ll assume his role as long as he’s full speed,” Arians said, leaving himself some wiggle room.
Arians thought the Cardinals handled future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez “extremely well.”
After eight games, Arians would’ve wanted another win or two. He admitted he thought the Cardinals would be better than 4-4.
Arizona’s rookies are ahead of schedule, Arians said. In the past, he hasn’t been able to rely on rookies until about Thanksgiving, but extra reps in the spring helped speed along their progress.
The Cardinals will wear shells in practice tomorrow and then Arians will decide if they’ll wear pads on Wednesday, their last practice of the week.
The Cards exceeded their goal of scoring as many points as possession minutes. Arizona had 27 points and held onto the ball for almost 26 minutes.
Safety Rashad Johnson got a game ball for his two interceptions.
Arians said Mendenhall “probably” won’t do anything this week.
Ellington could become more effective if he improves his patience as a runner and his pass protection.