Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals
By Josh Weinfuss
Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals' 31-7 loss against the New Orleans Saints.
Thinking about Dan: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians opened his news conference talking about nose tackle Dan Williams, who lost his father last week in a car accident while the Williams family drove to New Orleans from Memphis. Arians said Williams' mother is in the hospital. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said the incident put football in perspective.
Injuries plague Cards: Arians didn’t address the injuries suffered specifically, but said they were “critical.” Linebacker Sam Acho left the game with an ankle injury, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander left the game with a foot injury, and safety Rashad Johnson left with a finger injury.
Honey Badger’s reception: By time the Arizona media made its way to the Cardinals’ locker room, the crowd around New Orleans native and LSU product Tyrann Mathieu was already three deep. His return was big news, but to have his first career interception in the Superdome was too good of a storyline.
Offense stalled: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was blunt in his evaluation of Arizona’s offense after its opening drive: “It didn’t go anywhere.” The Cardinals accomplished their goals of matching the Saints’ energy and quieting the atmosphere of the Superdome, but it stopped at that.