Quick hits from Bruce Arians' presser


TEMPE, Ariz. -- As an offensive coach, it isn’t hard for Bruce Arians to accept the Arizona Cardinals being known for their defense through five games.

“I love it,” Arians said. “That’s always been my motto. We want to be dominate on defense. We’ll scratch some points out. We always want to be a dominating defensive football team and special teams.”

“Offensively, we’ll get the job done, sooner or later.”

Here are a few notes from Arians’ Monday news conference:

  • The Cardinals escaped Sunday relatively healthy, Arians said. LB Kenny Demens is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

  • Arians expects to get S Rashad Johnson back with a little splint instead of the big “mitt” of a cast he’ s been wearing. Arians also said Johnson’s finger is “all healed up.”

  • DT Darnell Dockett was not himself, Arians said. His groin injury was expected to be a two-week issue but he played a week later.

  • Arians likes the 30 snaps RBs Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall got Sunday. He called it a “real good mix.”

  • Arians said the reason WR Andre Roberts’ numbers have dwindled is because of TE Rob Housler’s return. Roberts was inside when Housler was out and he’s playing outside with Housler back.

  • Housler hasn’t been on the same page with QB Carson Palmer since he returned, Arians said.

  • Arians saw Washington’s ability to impact his teammates during OTAs.