(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.READ MORE: At Least 1 Person Killed, 7 Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago
“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.READ MORE: Rolling Meadows Woman Charged With First Degree Murder After Shooting That Left Man Dead
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.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: A Quiet And Cool Fall Weekend
Arizona ranked eighth in the NFL in rushing last season, so there’s hope there for Chicago.