Those type of losses can be tough to get over. But this is the NFL and a new game is just days away. As the Red Birds gear up for their home opener against the Lions, head coach Bruce Arians said he was not discouraged by Sunday's setback.
"You never accept losing,” Arians told azcentral.com “but there are some very, very good things, some correctable things. So I think disappointed, yes. Discouraged? Not at all.”
Although the Cardinals did not record a sack against St. Louis, Arians was pleased that the defensive unit caused two Ram turnovers.
"One saved a touchdown, one scored a touchdown,” Arians said to azcentral.com. “Anytime you do that defensively, very seldom do you lose.”
But they did lose. That is what was so frustrating. Arians pointed out a few reasons why.
“On the negative side, really poor tackling,” Arians stated to azcentral.com. “… Especially a big one there in the fourth quarter on the two-minute drive on their back in the flat. They ended up kicking a game-winner after we miss that tackle.”
The first-year Cardinals coach also addressed the Levi Brown situation. Brown was burned for three sacks by Robert Quinn of the Rams, two of which resulted in fumbles. Arians explained what he thought was the reason why his offensive tackle struggled so much.
"It’s poor technique, " Arians explained. "He reverted back at times, and it was all technique. We should have had a (running) back twice helping him, but they tried to get out into routes too fast. Our game plan was to help the left tackle and they didn’t help on two of those. I think Levi just needs to go back to work and continue to work on his techniques. The year off (following a torn triceps) and only having been in training camp, not OTAs — missing OTAs — hurt him technically with the new coaches.”
How much leeway does Arians give Brown then?
"I don’t give him any because we’ve had training camp, "Arians said. "I’ve seen it with tackles before; they just stay after practice and continue to work and grab guys, DBs (defensive backs) and pass rushers, and work on it. It’s something that’s easily correctable.”
We'll see how much Brown improves against Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions on Sunday. It's vital that he shows real improvement as the Cards look for their first victory of the season.
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