Chris Johnson takes shot at Bruce Arians' play-calling after getting cut

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The play was the Cardinals' "bread and butter play", Arizona quarterback Blaine Gabbert said.

On Sunday, the 10-year National Football League veteran was back at it, criticizing the Cardinals' play-calling during their loss to the Texans and suggesting the team needs to make personnel changes. The 27-year-old has played in eight games this season, catching 19 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns in what has been a disappointing year for him overall.

Arians said he trusted Peterson to get the first down and "felt really good about" calling a run play in that situation, instead of a quarterback sneak or punting.

The vaunted Texans defense did allow Cardinals third-string QB Blaine Gabbert to throw three touchdowns but forced three turnovers from the Cardinals offense, including two Gabbert interceptions. The running back was stopped for a one-yard loss, and Houston took over possession on downs.

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"When it's fourth-and-six inches, everyone knows we're handing it to A.D., because he's one of the best in the game at getting those and that play".

Free agent running back Chris Johnson was released by the Cardinals back in October after the team traded for Adrian Peterson. "The ball was where it was supposed to be". Throughout his three-year tenure in Jacksonville, he started a total of 27 games, but when Caldwell took over the team made a decision to part ways with Gabbert, who had a less than memorable run with the team. Arians attributed those interceptions that Gabbert threw behind his receivers to the lack of reps played with those receivers - reps that might have helped the timing. This was also the cornerback's first interception of the season and his first pick since December 2016 when the Cardinals achieved a 31-23 win against the Washington Redskins. "I don't call it if I don't think it's going to make it".

"We just turned too many guys loose up the middle", Arians said.

"It's just man-on-man, and we got whipped man-on-man".

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