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center_img Top Stories Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — Two weeks ago, after a stunning loss to the Patriots, Bruce Arians walked into the media room at Cardinals headquarters in Tempe and told everyone the target was on his chest, not on his back.On Monday, he clarified what he meant for potential critics.“Just shoot me in the face,” he said.If you believe a man’s true colors show in times of adversity, we are about to get our first deep look at the cool uncle. The Cardinals coach has enjoyed unprecedented success and wild popularity since his arrival four seasons ago, and in his three toughest moments, he has had watertight alibis. “He’s not the type to throw chairs in the locker room or really curse us out personally,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “He just really sets standards and he hopes that we all just rise to the challenge.”Like every coach that has ever lost a game, Arians believes the Cardinals’ issues are correctable. He believes the Cardinals are making more mental errors than a year ago, that there are technique deviations and there is a lack of focus apparent in the team’s habitual post-halftime malaise.“Three weeks in a row we have not played the first five minutes of the third quarter like we had talked about in the locker room,” he said. “Identifying it is one thing and finding a solution is another. I’ve got to find a solution.”There is little margin for error now. The Cardinals are standing in a wide open Super Bowl window that won’t be open long. They need to string together lots of wins to get through it. They need their players to perform, but they also need their coach to push the right buttons.A city and state are anxiously hoping that the real face of the franchise has a plan.“We’re still finding out about ourselves,” Arians said. “They know the talent is there. I don’t have to give them that message. The message to the team is find a positive way to fix what’s wrong.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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