The Arizona Cardinals couldn't have wished to face the New England Patriots at a better time.
With the Patriots missing their two best players, Tom Brady to a four-game suspension and Rob Gronkowski to an injury problem, the Cardinals were heavy favourites to come away from week one with a win.
However, Brady's backup Jimmy Garoppolo led the Patriots to an unbelievable 23-21 upset win, much to the fury of Arizona head coach Bruce Arians.
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Arians went in after the loss, with the veteran coach not being afraid to call out specific individuals.
According to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, Arians aired out a few of his players during the post-game press conference with reporters.
Arians called Robert Nkemdiche "poor" and went on to burn the 2016 first round pick.
“He jumped offside when they weren’t even set on a big third down,” he added. “Other than that, he was not a factor.” Ouch.
And then there was Justin Bethel, who has been struggling with a foot injury.
“Justin has to decide if he’s going to play with that foot. He was just an average spectator in special teams, missed two tackles. If he’s going to play, he needs to play better or he shouldn’t play.”
There were also some stern words for Chandler Jones and D.J Swearinger's dance that drew a penalty and cost 15 yards.
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