The San Francisco 49ers kick off their first of three-straight road games against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Cardinals are looking to bounce back following a disappointing loss against the Dallas Cowboys on "Monday Night Football".
As both teams prepare for the weekend's divisional matchup, take a look at what the Cardinals locker room is saying about the 49ers:
Head coach Bruce Arians on facing San Francisco on a short week:
"This is one heck of a defensive line. Young, all first-round picks, and they'll be a great challenge for us."
Arians on Pierre Garçon and the season he's having so far:
"Stopping the run is always number one with us, and he has always been a challenge because he's a big back, but he's got really light feet and can jump cut. He's powerful, runs behind his pads. He, again like (Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott) will be a heck of a challenge."
Arians on Pierre Garçon:
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"I like Brian. He's very smart, fairly accurate and didn't have him very long, but was always impressed with the type of quarterback he is because he's a very cerebral quarterback that can beat you with his arm and his legs."
Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin on the 49ers defensive line:
"Everybody's probably licking their chops to get to my offensive line right now. They're a little bit taller and a little bit more shiftier actually than I think Dallas is. If you look at the tape, they don't really twist a whole lot. They're trying to get to the quarterback in one-on-one type situations. So, it's going to be a big challenge for us."
QB Carson Palmer on the 49ers defense:
"The front seven jumps off the screen very, very quickly. Three top ten picks. Everybody can rush the passer. Everybody is a problem in the run game. And then you add NaVorro Bowman into the mix, who I've felt for a long time is one of the best linebackers in this league. He's one of the best linebackers I've played against. And I've played against some really good ones. Ray-Ray Armstrong looks really good, really fast, really athletic. And there's speed on the back end. It's a very good defense. You don't look at the record, or you don't factor in the record what so ever. It's a very, very good group, and it starts up front with them."
CB Patrick Peterson on facing San Francisco:
"This is a very, very good football team. You can't look past this football team. Probably the best 0-3 football team I've seen in a while."
Peterson on Shanahan:
"Kyle Shanahan does a great job of game planning for whoever that he's playing. He does a great job of mixing up personnel, giving you a multiple of different looks as far as routes. They may look the same, but he's going to give you every route tree."