"Obviously, we're all much more comfortable with Ryan after his performance today," Arians said after the game, via the Arizona Republic. "And we look forward to the challenge."
Lindley did make tangible progress, showing increased poise both in the huddle and in the pocket. Although he was also more accurate, his decision-making is still in question after throwing three interceptions and another pass that should have been picked.
Perhaps most importantly, Lindley has the support of his teammates.
"I told Ryan if he's our quarterback and he's the one leading us, I believe he can win a Super Bowl," Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell said. "That's just the way it is. He's a great player when he gets into a rhythm. He's young, he'll make young mistakes. But he showed he can make every throw. He showed he knows where to go (with the football). He made good reads. He gained a lot of belief from a lot of people today."
Entering January, the spotlight is on Campbell's defensive mates as well as Lindley.
Given the quality of play down the stretch, it should be no surprise if the historically inept NFC South earns a postseason victory next week.