Flush the Pocket: Arians' tone changes

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A week ago, the Cardinals’ offense was “putrid.”

This week, it’ll “get the job done sooner or later.”

What a difference a week, seven sacks and three interceptions make. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians’ tone toward his offense lightened this week after a 22-6 win over the Carolina Panthers, despite a continued inability to move the ball in the first half. But Arians can handle that, as long as yards are eaten up and points are scored in the second half. Oh, and as long as the Cards win.

“If I’m going to have a better half, I definitely want it in the second half,” Arians said.

With a defense that all but stopped the Panthers in their tracks in the second half, Arians just needs his offense to be average. Any better, it’s a bonus. Any worse, there could be trouble.

“We’ll scratch some points out,” Arians said. “But we always want to be a dominating defensive football team.”

Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com writes about the offense needing to catch up to the defense.

Chris Burke of SI.com writes about Daryl Washington stepping up after his suspension.

Arnie Stapleton of Huffington Post writes that pink penalty flags won’t be used in Week 6.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes about rookie running back Andre Ellington fitting in well.