Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is an animated guy. He gets fired up, and also likes his players to get fired up. He’s cool with a little trash talk, as long as that talk is backed up on the field.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson aroused the ire of Arians Sunday. He trash talked Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones in the week leading up to the game, which Atlanta won 29-18. Jones got the best of Peterson all game long, which led to Arians calling out his star corner.
That was his issue with Peterson who, during the week, said he’d gotten the best of Julio Jones during their epic SEC battles in college. Peterson went on to give up 10 receptions and a career-high 189 yards in a 29-18 loss to the Falcons.
“You better watch out when you call people out,” Arians said, via ESPN.com. “You better be ready to play. If you’re going to call them out, call them out but don’t give up (10) and a career day.”
Arizona is still sitting pretty for the playoffs at 9-3, so there’s no reason to panic over the loss. But without Carson Palmer, this is a team that will rely on its defense more often than not. So if Arians has to put one of his players on blast, so be it.