- CARDINALS TO MOVE WR LARRY FITZGERALD AROUND THIS SEASON - New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has Larry Fitzgerald learning to play all three wide receiver spots this season, according to Dan Urban of the teams’ official website.
Fitzgerald says after having some success it’s hard to shake his familiar role, but he’s working to do just what Arians wants.
“I think as a human being you’re a bit of a creature of habit,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve played the same position since I was in junior high school. I’ve never had to really move around and you know I’ve gotten good at it. So I think we all resist change to a certain degree, especially if you’ve had a little bit of success. But as I’ve gone through the offseason workouts, I’ve definitely become more receptive of it.”
Arians said it’s a simple concept. Moving Fitzgerald around will make it much harder for defenses to zero in on him with double coverage.
“If you want a hundred balls, move around,” Arians said. “If they know where you’re at, it’s easy to take you out of the game.”
Reggie Wayne made the same adjustment a year ago in Indianapolis, where Arians was the offensive coordinator, then interim head coach.
“I think Reggie bought in right away last year,” Arians said. “Fitz is buying in now, and it’s hard because when you’re a veteran of your stature, you don’t like making mistakes, you get embarrassed.”
Fitzgerald said he respects Arians’ pedigree.
“He tells me there’s going to be a lot more opportunities to make plays inside,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s going to give my teammates Andre Roberts and Michael (Floyd) and Rob Housler and guys like that better matchups as well. It’s not all about me, it’s about making the team go. We know that if this team is moving in the right direction, it’s because the offense has put points on the board.”
That wasn’t the case last year, when the Cardinals had the worst offense in the NFL that led to the team losing 11 of its last 12.
But if Fitz can produce the way Reggie Wayne did in Indianapolis last season, after Arians suggested moving him around. Then look for No. 11 to have a big year. (Photo: azcardinals.com)
At least give us a courtesy flush?
This is honestly one of my favorite Spongebob moments. Can we take a minute to realize how clever the writing for this show used to be?