Cardinals HC Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer differ on the importance of what a statistically sound run game can do for the Cardinals. Asked if having a top 15 ground attack is essential to building real success, Palmer said yes and Arians said no.
“Nah, just run the ball well when we want to run it,” Arians said. “We want to be balanced, but I don’t put numbers on it. … Statistics and running games, I don’t buy into it. Just run it when we need to run it and run it well.”
Palmer points out that a solid rushing game “makes everybody’s job easier” and that having one ranked within the top 15 should be the goal.
Rashard Mendenhall had an average ranking of 16.3 in PPR formats in three seasons in Pittsburgh under Arians. If he's healthy, he should be a solid value as a RB3 in the 6th round.