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Bruce Arians believes the Arizona Cardinals‘ 2016 season obtained derailed when it had barely begun.
The Cardinals’ Week 1 loss to the Patriots, by which a missed final-minute subject objective by kicker Chandler Catanzaro sealed a 23-21 New England victory, value his workforce its “swagger” and despatched them right into a nosedive for the remainder of the marketing campaign, the top coach stated Wednesday.
“I feel the most important cause was dropping the opener on Sunday Night time Soccer to the Patriots on that missed subject aim,” Arians informed “PFT Reside,” in accordance with Michael David Smith of Professional Soccer Speak. “That took a variety of swagger out of our soccer group, then we got here again and misplaced to the Rams in one other shut recreation. We did not win the shut video games we had gained up to now however it all goes again to that first one.”
Arizona misplaced two of its subsequent three video games and by no means seemed just like the Tremendous Bowl contender most anticipated it to be, ending the yr 7-eight-1 and out of the playoffs.
Nevertheless, the Cardinals returned most of their roster, clearly hoping to recapture the 2015 magic that the Patriots seemingly robbed them of final yr.