Bruce Arians doesn’t plan on sitting players against Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stressed without even being asked that he has no plans of resting any players during the team’s regular-season finale against the division rival Seattle Seahawks.
“We will approach this game as if it were Game 1 of the season and treat it like that every game,” he said, via azcentral.com. “We don’t want to set a pattern of different behavior. I don’t think you get anything out of resting guys, especially playing a team that’s in our division and we haven’t beaten them at home in a couple of years. We don’t want to start a precedent.”
The Cardinals assured themselves of a first-round bye courtesy of Sunday’s 38-8 throttling of the Green Bay Packers. And Arians appears to be taking a “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” mentality.
“We’re playing so well right now, I don’t want to change any way that we prepare,” he said. “We know we’re going to get a week to rest anyway, so we’ll have plenty of rest.”
Perhaps motivating Arians — although he denied it — even further is that his squad could still be the NFC’s No. 1 seed should the Cardinals beat the Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Arians also expressed concern over players getting rusty, even with sitting out only one game.
“Some guys,” he said, “get very stale quickly.”
Arians is well-known for his aggressive, no-nonsense approach to leading his team. It’s hardly surprising he views the risk of a player picking up some rust by sitting far outweighs the possibility of one of his key players suffering an injury in the season finale.
Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 in such instances should a star player get hurt. But with the possibility of securing a No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs still in play, Arians understands all too well chances like this one don’t come along all that often.