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December 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Quotes from Arizona coach Bruce Arians

Here’s all that Arizona coach Bruce Arians had to say when he talked to Seattle reporters via a conference call Wednesday:

(On slinging the football with a new quarterback) Oh yeah—we’re not going to change what we do. I really like Ryan [Lindley], how he prepares, he played in a game last week that was very efficient for us in a situation where he didn’t get any snaps in practice, but he obviously prepared himself extremely well and knew the game plan. We had a bonus day Monday and he looked good and I’m very comfortable with him.

(On picking up Ryan Lindley when Carson Palmer got injured) Yes because he knew our system. We liked him a lot—it was a tough decision to let him go, but we also loved the upside of Logan’s [Thomas] career so I’m comfortable with either one of those guys.

(On bringing the team together after hearing that the Cardinals will lose) That’s been the sentiment for about a month—I haven’t heard anybody to pick us for a long time so there’s no difference. They have to play these games for somebody to win them and they just can’t hand it to them so I think our guys will be more than ready.

(On any benefit to being the underdog) To me it’s really simple—you go back and look at that game at what went right and what went wrong, hopefully we’ll have eleven guys out there for our punt this time and catch balls that are in the end zone for touchdowns. So you always learn from your mistakes.

(On what did they take out of the last meeting with the Seahawks) Well there were more than two but we let Russell [Wilson] get out of the pocket and make some plays that led to field goals, we had seven sacks, but it should have been eleven. So there are a lot of ways to improve in the game, but there were also some good plays in the game and it wasn’t like they thrashed us.

(On players being motivated about playing for the division title) Oh yeah—you don’t get to play for the damn thing very often so it’s not like Seattle’s played for it for a hundred damn years. I’m sure they’re embracing it also. So you fight your ass off all year to play for this game and sure you embrace it but you don’t change how you prepare for it, it’s still the same process.

(On defensive breakdown when Russell Wilson got out of the pocket) We missed tackles—we missed tackles and he’s very good at improvising and he makes plays outside of the pocket as good as anybody in the National Football League. We have to do a better job of containing him and when he scrambles, stay on our guys.

(On Deone Bucannon) I think he’s been outstanding. He’s gotten better and better at a position that he’s never played in his life—playing linebacker is different than playing safety. He’s logged few safety snaps but he’s got a ton of snaps. He likes to hit and he’s fast and he gives us that type of player that we missed at that position.

(On Kerwynn Williams) He had extremely good practices for about six weeks. On our practice field, he would make guys go wild and we said, ‘Hey sooner or later we got to get this guy up—if something happened to Andre [Ellington], he’s our next explosive player. Well, something happen to Andre and we made that move.


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