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Arians Says Cards Offensive Issues Not As Bad As They Look

New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said his first look at his team prompted more positive surprises than negative ones, most notably on the offensive line, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

“We get some guys healthy, it’s not as dire as some might make it out to be,” Arians said. “And some young guys have a chance to play who might be all right.”

Two of those young guys are tackles Nate Potter and Bobby Massie, rookies last year. Massie started every game while Potter started the last six.

“They got some experience against quality opponents,” Arians said. “They’re just going to get better.”

The priority this off-season will be addressing the quarterback position. Arians likes to throw deep, and the current quarterbacks on the roster — Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley — have the arm strength to do it, he said.

But he’s not committing to any of them. That’s part of the reason he’s eager to start meeting with his coaches.

“What we have on the roster, they played well at times,” he said. “It’s just protecting them, protecting the football a little bit better. If they are our guy, they are going to be better. I think I have a good rapport with quarterbacks. And (quarterbacks coach) Freddie (Kitchens) will do a fabulous job with the fundamental part of it, take them out to what I call the driving range, working on their fundamentals 40-45 minutes every day.”

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