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Arians Blasts Cardinals Offense over 40-Point Performance

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Old-school coaching and a winning mentality: two traits held in high regard by Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who has whipped the once-irrelevant franchise into Super Bowl contenders once more. So it should come as no surprise that even a blowout win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t good enough for Arians last week.

“The score doesn’t indicate – I don’t think – how poorly we played offensively,” Arians explained to reporters on Tuesday. “We can get a hell of a lot better. Communication was not very good in the beginning of the game. Way too many mental errors especially by a couple of young players.”

“[David Johnson] played poorly, other than he made a couple of big plays,” Arians said of his sophomore bellcow running back, who racked up 143 yards from scrimmage in the big win. He cited Johnson’s mental errors as being responsible for keeping Arizona from another “100, 200 yards and two touchdowns.”

Now, it’s a coaches’ job to convince his players that their work is never done, especially this early in the season. Leaders like Arians demand perfection, and when perfection is reached, they demand even better perfection next time.

“It’s good motivation,” Johnson responded when hearing Arians had called him out by name. “It’s good that he keeps us grounded, keeps us level headed and let’s us know – especially me – that I have some work to do.”

Less criticism was targeted towards the Arizona defense, which limited Jameis Winston to under 250 yards passing, as well as picking him off four times and sacking him thrice. It was a welcome return to form for the redbirds after a lack of answers for Jimmy Garoppolo left them stunned and embarrassed on national television in week one.

Arizona will be hoping for a likewise lopsided victory as it travels to Buffalo this week. A reeling Bills outfit will be essentially playing for its season after starting 0-2, while the Cards will look to spring to an early lead in the crowded NFC West.