Entering with a disappointing 3-4-1 record, the bye week couldn’t have come at a more ideal time for the ailing Arizona Cardinals.
Coach Bruce Arians is satisfied with where the team is at, telling reporters this week that the season is still salvageable.
“Just go to work every day,” Arians said. “Everything that we set our goals for in April is obtainable. We just have to play better.”
The expected preseason goals of the team likely center around a division championship and Super Bowl victory, but during the bye week, Arizona fell two games behind the first-place Seahawks in the NFC West, after Seattle beat Buffalo on Monday night.
The Cardinals host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but the schedule gets much tougher after this week. Five of Arizona’s final seven games are on the road, including trips to Minnesota, Atlanta and Seattle.
“There’s no doubt,” Arians said when asked if the bye week did Arizona a lot of good. “A lot of rest and a lot of guys that wouldn’t’ have been able to play last week that are healthy and practicing now.
“We actually should get a few guys back that might be able to play in this ball game that I didn’t think we would.”
Three such players were tight end Darren Fells (ankle), outside linebacker Alex Okafor (calf) and star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder), all of which used the bye week to push themselves ahead of schedule in their respective returns.
Arians said the coaching staff spent “a bunch” of time review film of the team’s first half of the season. When asked what was discovered on film, Arians simply responded, “there were a lot of things we learned about ourselves.”