Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald got to witness a lot of poor quarterback play in Arizona over the last few years, although the struggles of the guys throwing the ball never caused Fitzgerald to boil over the way we’ve seen from other wideouts in the past.
Fitzgerald’s been honest about the experience of playing with those guys, though. He called the 2012 season the most frustrating of his career and admitted during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday that he’s spent time thinking about what might have been with better quarterback play since Kurt Warner retired. He also told Booger McFarland and Ross Tucker that he thinks the Cardinals have solved the problem by acquiring Carson Palmer.
“Now we have a guy that’s been proved, he threw for 4,000 yards in Oakland last year. He can make all the throws, he’s capable of running this offense and us being able to compete in the NFC West,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in now. Now it’s up to me to go out and make plays when I get the opportunities.”
Fitzgerald and Palmer have spent a lot of time working together this offseason in hopes of making the transition as smooth as possible, although any offensive success will require better play from the offensive line to make sure they have time to hook up down the field. Should they get it, the Cardinals offense should be much improved in 2013 and that’s a necessity for any hopes of contention in the NFC this season.