TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cardinals coach Bruce Arians enjoyed his first win as a head coach, a 25-21 victory over the Detroit Lions, in part because of the play of Arizona’s special teams.
“We played the way that we’re more than capable of playing every week,” Arians said. “I thought our special teams dominated that week, especially in field position.”
Here are a few notes from his Monday news conference:
Arians thought the defense played “unbelievable” in the second half.
He saw “great growth” out of the offense after Carson Palmer's interception.
A few Cards were dinged up but Arians won’t know how seriously until Wednesday.
Arians was asked if the Cardinals are over thinking third downs. His response: “They’re not thinking enough.”
Attention to detail is an issue for this offense. There are no little things, Arians said. Everything is a big thing.
Arians on defensive back/gunner Justin Bethel: “His reputation has a résumé to go with it.”
Arians said injuries will dictate roster turnover at wide receiver.
The Cardinals will spend the week in between the Saints’ and Buccaneers’ game in Sarasota, Fla., and will train at IMG.
Arians received his own game ball from Cardinals president Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim.