TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals seem to be undergoing something of a personality change.
The big-play passing offense that propelled them to a 13-3 record a year ago is giving way to a ground game centered on dynamic running back David Johnson.
Coach Bruce Arians said the philosophy hasn't changed but the running game has.
"We've always wanted to run it," Arians said after practice Wednesday. "We haven't always been able to. With the running back situation, we're able to run the football and that makes it a whole lot easier, especially on the quarterback. But, no, our philosophy hasn't changed. We're still how we are."
Quarterback Carson Palmer agreed.
"It's what we want to do. I think it's what everybody wants to do," he said. "You run the ball and you go play-action and take our shots. There hasn't been a ton of it (in the past). I think the main thing is we've gotten so much better in the run game. We're doing such a good job up front, regardless of who's kind of filtered in with injuries. But we've improved our running game dramatically."
The Cardinals have rushed for at least 170 yards in consecutive games for the first time since 1988, the team's first season in Arizona, in wins that evened the team's record at 3-3.