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What They're Saying: Arizona Cardinals

On QB Jimmy Garoppolo...
"Jimmy's an excellent athlete. A very accurate passer. Having been in the system, in that system especially, for the number of years he's been there, he's watched Josh (McDaniels) come up with game plans and understands what they're trying to do. But he's a very good athlete. You have to defend his legs as much as his arm."
- Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians

[wysifield-embeddedaudio|eid="467896"|type="embeddedaudio"|view_mode="full"]On TE Rob Gronkowski...
"He's a freak athlete. You're only going to be so successful against him. He's going to make his plays so you just have to make your plays."
- Cardinals Safety Tyvon Branch

On the Patriots offense...
"That's a very good offense. They've got a lot of different things they do, a lot of personnel they do, so our eyes will be a big key in stopping those plays."
- Cardinals Cornerback Brandon Williams

On the Patriots secondary...
"They play very well together. It's obvious they've played together a long time. There are even guys that have played together since college. They are very familiar with each other. They're very familiar with their scheme. They're extremely well taught. You don't see guys out of position or taking chances. They're coached up very well. It's obvious from the way they play on film, and they play within themselves. They play within their system and their scheme. Just a very, very solid group from top to bottom."
- Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer

On the Patriots defense...
"They're very athletic. A solid secondary group. Interchangeable parts as far as inside and outside linebackers, which can get very confusing at times, and they do a very good job of it. They're stout upfront. I think when you look back in history, and I've gone against them a number of times, you're going to get pressure. You're going to get eight-man drops and two deeps and three deeps. So, you're going to have to be very patient and find ways to run the football."
- Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians

[wysifield-embeddedaudio|eid="467901"|type="embeddedaudio"|view_mode="full"]On the season opener...
"You get so excited because the season is finally here."
- Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer

On Malcolm Butler...
"A very good player. Obviously, he's made probably the biggest play on the biggest stage, so he's got that inside of him. He's not a high draft pick, so he's had to fight for his way into the league, and then to be a starter on a great team says a lot about his ability. Being so young, there's always room to grow, and I'm sure the way he's worked to get where he is, he'll continue to grow and continue to work. He's very physical. That's the first thing that jumps out at you. He uses his hands and he makes physical tackles on bigger guys for a smaller guy; really, a solid player."
- Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer

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