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Flush the Pocket: Arians still finds humor

10/24/2013

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- If you’ve watched a Bruce Arians’ news conference this season, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the stand-up comic in him come out. It was released again Wednesday.

The Cardinals coach was asked whether the offensive struggles are due to subpar performances up front. But before the actual question was asked, the reporter set up the question by telling Arians how everything -- the quarterback, the running backs, the scheme, the play calling -- is dissected when the team plays bad.

“In your estimation,” the question started, “how much of it is flat-out the job not getting done up front to the standard that you need to successful run--”

Arians jumped in.

“I’d probably blame the playcaller,” he said with a sly smile.

But here’s where the answer gets funny: Arians is the playcaller.

After the laughter slowly built to a crescendo, once the gathered media realized what was so funny, another reporter asked jokingly if Arians would hand off the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.

“No, I’m going to stick with it,” Arians said with a smile.

Then he got serious.

“But, no, our guys are our guys,” he said. “They’re fighting their asses off, and they got a lot better Monday, and they’ll get better today.”

Despite the losing and the struggles, at least Arians still has his sense of humor.

In other news…

Greg Garber of ESPN.com discusses the possibility of a Larry Fitzgerald trade to the Green Bay Packers. Kent Somers of AZCentral.com writes about John Abraham’s impact with more playing time. And Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com writes about Bruce Arians’ support for Carson Palmer.