(CBS) Indirectly, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians took a verbal jab at the Bears’ offensive line Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters in Arizona, Arians explained why his team’s rushing attack is better.
“We really upgraded our running game because of the right side,” Arians said, according azcentral.com.
The right side of the Cardinals’ line last season? That would be current Bears right tackle Bobby Massie and right guard/center Ted Larsen. Now, the Cardinals have Evan Mathis and D.J. Humphries there.
Massie and Larsen formed the right side of Arizona’s line for the last nine games of the 2015 season, including its two playoff games.
Massie was signed in the offseason to take over at right tackle for Chicago. With the season-ending ACL injury to center Hroniss Grasu, Larsen is now in line to start as well. He’s expected to man the center position once Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long is back from injury. Recently, Larsen has been filling in at right guard.
Arizona ranked eighth in the NFL in rushing last season, so there’s hope there for Chicago.