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What They're Saying: The Arizona Cardinals


Each week TheRams.com will be taking a look at what Los Angeles' opponents have to say about facing the Rams. Heading into Week 13 of the regular season, check out what the Arizona Cardinals' coaches and players had to say about their upcoming matchup against the Los Angeles Rams at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona:

On what kind of impact he thinks DT Aaron Donald has on the game:

"I think he's the most dynamic inside player in the NFL – he and (Seahawks DE) Michael Bennett. Michael is playing a lot more outside this year, but I think (Donald) has been the most destructive inside guy for a couple years now. He gets those outside guys a lot of sacks because if they stay outside, the quarterback is just getting flushed out to them it goes over there and yeah, he can wreck the game in a heartbeat."

- Cardinals' HC Bruce Arians

On the challenges that the Rams defense presents:

"They have a great defense. You know everybody is talented in the NFL, it's a week to week thing. Everybody has great players. They have a great front seven, their secondary is playing hard, they are forcing turnovers, they're playing fast. We're going to have our hands full, but at the end of the day we're going to focus on what we can control — going out there and executing each and every play, not getting ahead of ourselves and just playing good football."

- Cardinals' QB Blaine Gabbert

On what has looked different about the Rams this season:

"They were a really, really good defense before Wade Phillips came in last year. What he's been able to do, and these guys obviously they are elite pass rushers, they're able to do some things in the back end to confuse the quarterback from time to time. But they are still the same physically imposing, aggressive, get after you defense that we've always faced. The only difference now is on the offensive side, they are putting up a lot of points. There's just no room for error at all."

- Cardinals' WR Larry Fitzgerald

On what he has seen as the biggest improvement with QB Jared Goff this season:

"The protection has helped him so much. Last year he hardly had a chance to stand in there and throw it. But, the running game and then his pocket presence – he knows exactly where he's going with the football and he's got that great arm and if you let him sit still in that pocket he's going to kill you. I've seen him being able to sit still in the pocket and being more comfortable than he has been."

- Cardinals' HC Bruce Arians

On the difference of RB Todd Gurley II from last year to this year:

"They're blocking a whole lot better for him. He's one of the three or four premier guys in this league and when you give him space, he's going to hurt you. I really like what (Rams Head Coach) Sean (McVay) is doing with him in the passing game now because he did remind me a lot of (Cardinals RB) David Johnson coming out. Both those guys had really good hands."

- Cardinals' HC Bruce Arians

On how big of a game this is for the Cardinals in facing the Rams for the second time:

"Big home game for us, we have the Rams coming to town. Obviously, the last time we played them it wasn't a very good outing for us on our long road trip to London. It's a big week for these guys, because it's a hell of an opponent. We have to rise to the occasion."

*- Cardinals' OC Harold Goodwin *

"The London game, it wasn't pretty. I mean the trip was great, everything was fantastic except for the game. We have to actually show up and play football on Sunday if we want to compete against a really, really good football team. They have to be a top five scoring team offensively, a top five defense and an unbelievable job on special teams. All around they're a dominant football team. But we're playing at home, we're playing better than we were at that time. It's going to be a 60 minute altercation."

- Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald

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