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Cardinals moving Fitzgerald around

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Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has played the same receiver for years.

This year, he’ll play all three.

“If you want a hundred balls, move around,” coach Bruce Arians recently told the Associated Press. “If they know where you’re at, it’s easy to take you out of the game.”

Of course, that means taking Fitzgerald out of his comfort zone.

“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 persuaded Colts receiver Reggie Wayne to do it last year in Indy.

“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.”

If anyone is willing to swallow his pride, it’s a guy who is chasing true greatness.  And if anyone can make the adjustment quickly, it’s Fitzgerald.

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15 Responses to “Cardinals moving Fitzgerald around”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 15, 2013 8:40 AM

    Boy I still loved we drafted Gallery instead of this guy, gallery HOF Fitzgerald is a bust!!!

  2. darkhorse08817 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:45 AM

    That’s a coach making changes just for the sake of making changes and “putting his stamp” on something. Kinda dumb – if you have something that’s working great the way it is, why tinker with it? Can only go downhill from there…

  3. osiris33 says: Jun 15, 2013 9:06 AM

    This is actually a good sign for Seahawks/49ers/Rams fans. We want Arizona’s best player out of his comfort zone.

  4. goldrush36 says: Jun 15, 2013 9:07 AM

    Nobody has taken Fitz outta the game more than his own quarterbacks. Not saying its a bad idea or nothin. Just saying the tape shows a lot more about the cards offense last year than the opposing defenses.

  5. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 15, 2013 9:09 AM

    This team just figured that out? Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, AJ Green, and other elite receivers have BEEN doing this. Why use the player as a pawn, when they have queen capabilities.

  6. truths4all says: Jun 15, 2013 10:17 AM

    Nice report, Florio. For once, we are in agreement.

  7. truths4all says: Jun 15, 2013 10:27 AM

    From a football strategy POV, AB is absolutely correct. Under the weak minded Whisenhunt, with his bad offensive lines that could not protect the QBs or give them time to throw much less throw accurately, Fitz was reduced to being a decoy (no imagination ever since Warner left) since the defenses knew Fitz’s routes and played him tight ready to jump his routes. With Fitz lining up everywhere, the defenses must shift everyone around to compensate which leads to more blown coverages.

    So 49er, Seahawk, and Ram fans, be afraid, be very afraid because the Cards are no longer going to be predictable as they had become once Warner left the building. With BA and the new mindsets he brings, you never know what you are going to get and that is bad for your teams.

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 15, 2013 11:22 AM

    It was very successful for Wayne last year. Fitzy is one of the three best WRs in the league, so I’m sure he’ll be able to do it. Now, can Palmer find him?

  9. northstarnic says: Jun 15, 2013 11:35 AM

    Look forward to seeing Fitz and Palmer revive their respective careers. AZ might surprise people this year. (And Seattle might implode.)

  10. goldrush36 says: Jun 15, 2013 11:42 AM

    Is Pick six Palmer still the QB? In the ball hawking NFCW I wouldn’t be talkin about the Niners, Rams, and Hawks being very afraid..

  11. prideof10000lakes says: Jun 15, 2013 12:13 PM

    I can’t wait till he comes back home and ends his career in the most beautiful state in the lower 48, minnesota!

  12. schmitty2 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    truths4all says:Jun 15, 2013 10:27 AM

    From a football strategy POV, AB is absolutely correct. Under the weak minded Whisenhunt, with his bad offensive lines that could not protect the QBs or give them time to throw much less throw accurately, Fitz was reduced to being a decoy (no imagination ever since Warner left) since the defenses knew Fitz’s routes and played him tight ready to jump his routes. With Fitz lining up everywhere, the defenses must shift everyone around to compensate which leads to more blown coverages.

    So 49er, Seahawk, and Ram fans, be afraid, be very afraid because the Cards are no longer going to be predictable as they had become once Warner left the building. With BA and the new mindsets he brings, you never know what you are going to get and that is bad for your teams.

    If you forget the fact that “Pick six” Palmer is now the qb, a still less then stellar run game, a still less then stellar O-line..then you might just be right.

  13. clssylssy says: Jun 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    I’m not worried about Fitz’s ability to play anything he asked to play. I’m more worried about Palmer’s ability to find him and be accoutable for his own short comings. I agree that BA is just trying to put his personal imprint on this team by giving the appearance of “shaking things up”. If things go south with BA’s new system I hope Fitz will take this opportunity to move on to a team that has established itself on solid ground. “If it’s not broke then don’t fix it”…the 0-line still hasn’t been fixed and BA is “fixing” the WRers? Looks like a shell game to me…perhaps BA saw the movie “Now You See Me” before camp and was inspired?

  14. eeerockski says: Jun 15, 2013 2:26 PM

    How about we have a little faith here guys? People are already hitting the panic button and we havent even seen the team play yet. Lets give these new coaches an opportunity to do the jobs they were hired to do, then judge the results on the field.

    Why not put your best player in the best position to succeed rather than be predictable and therefore give your opponent another advantage? Things are looking up for Az, but in their stacked division its probably gonna take a couple years to truly be competitive w the likes of Seattle and SF.

  15. ravenmuscle says: Jun 15, 2013 3:23 PM

    Maybe a trade of Fitzgerald to the Ravens is in the works. We’d let him play anywhere he wants.

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