Bruce Arians calls CB Justin Bethel ‘failure in progress’

If Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel is looking for someone to sugarcoat what’s been a bad season, he should look away from coach Bruce Arians.

Darren Urban of Azcardinals.com quoted Arians, who was asked a question about Bethel’s progress.

This is blunt, which is unquestionably Arians’ style. It might be a little too blunt. As a coach, these are the players who have to play for you. Comments like this may not inspire the best efforts of those players, especially at the end of a massively disappointing season.

Also, while Bethel is having a poor season, his career before 2016 was stellar. Bethel made the Pro Bowl from 2013-15 and was a First-team All Pro in 2013 and 2015.

Much like the Cardinals, calling his 2016 season a failure is fair game. But extending beyond that is way out of bounds.