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Arizona Cardinals 'have a lot to learn from' in sloppy win

Arians glad the team won, but have much to improve upon.

Christian Petersen

The Arizona Cardinals got a win on Sunday, but it wasn't pretty. With 14 penalties for 108 yards and an inability to put away the Washington Redskins when they had a chance, there is much to correct.

Head coach Bruce Arians, speaking on the radio with Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7, was glad to get the win, but admitted "we've got a lot of things to learn from that ball game."

At least it was a win, though. "I learned a long time ago that there's nothing you learn from losing that you can't learn from almost losing," Arians," he said on the air.

The 14 penalties were "inexcusable," as he said in Sunday's postgame press conference. After looking at film, an absurd 40 mental errors were noted -- 20 for the offense and 20 for the defense.

Arians said on the air it wasn't the best week of practice leading up to the game.

"I don't think our preparation last week was as good as it should have been," Arians said. "The mental errors and som of the sloppy technique that showed up in this game I saw on the practice field for the first time."

The message last week was "complacency kills," but the message didn't hit home well and Arians said "we were lucky" to win on Sunday. However, he can use the performance to prove to his players he was right.

With a struggling but improving Raiders team coming up on Sunday, Arizona will need to improve its focus so it doesn't end up being Oakland's first win of the year.