Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians knew that he was taking over one of the worst offenses in the NFL when he accepted the job in Arizona. He obviously was not aware of just how bad it really was.
The Cards finished last in total offense in 2012 and second-to-last in scoring, while throwing the most interceptions in the league thanks to awful performances from John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, but Arians was hired away from the Colts to replace Ken Whisenhunt and bring his own experience in offensive coaching to bring them back to respectability. But now Arians is becoming critical of his own team in the media, upset with the pace at which his players are picking up his directions.
"We're just not picking it up fast enough," he said. "We're still not picking it up the way I'd like to - at all positions."
I don't like mistakes. I really don't like mental mistakes," Arians said, "especially if you made the same mistake last week. That should be corrected and in the books by now, and our receivers are not getting that done."
Arizona has made efforts through trades, free agency, and the draft to hopefully turn around the offense. The Cardinals traded for Carson Palmer from the Raiders to start at quarterback, signed Rashard Mendenhall, and drafted guard Jonathan Cooper out of North Carolina in the first round. But the players are still going to have to execute what the coach asks them to do.
Thus far it doesn't sound like Arians is pleased with their performances in OTAs. That might not be anything new to the people that have been around the Cardinals for awhile.