Larry Fitzgerald on Cardinals offense: Simpler language, but have to process faster

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There’s been a lot of speculation about what the Cardinals offense will look like in head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s first season in Arizona and a full answer to that question won’t come until the team is on the field in September.

Kingsbury’s college work suggests a fondness for playing at a high tempo and it appears that will remain one of the hallmarks of his system in the NFL. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said that getting accustomed to that pace has been a big adjustment to make this offseason and it will be a necessary one to make the offense hit on all cylinders.

“It’s not so much what he’s installing that stands out; it’s how it’s run, the tempo of it,” Fitzgerald said, via Robert Klemko of “Every single day, with more experience, we were able to run it faster and faster and faster, get more plays in more efficiently. The faster guys understand the concepts the more pressure we can put on defenses. The language is simpler, but you have to process it faster. In this system, you’re on the ball and you don’t have an abundance of time to understand what’s going on. You have to decipher and be able to play fast.”

It should help that rookie quarterback Kyler Murray played in a similar system in college. Fitzgerald said in June that the rookie already had an impressive grasp of the offense and making sure everyone else is on the same page will be a crucial part of this summer’s work.

6 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald on Cardinals offense: Simpler language, but have to process faster

  1. I don’t think it will take NFL defensive coordinators too long to figure this offense out and shut it down. He couldn’t make it in college at the Big 12 level, can’t fathom him succeeding in the NFL with it. IMHO, of course.

  2. Chip Kelly came into Philadelphia with this high tempo offense. I don’t know the difference between this one and that one, but Kelly really turned the speed up. As it turned out, speed was not a substitute for solid playcalling an excellent execution. For almost a year the league was confused by what Kelly was doing. I suspect by the end the ownership was too because they let him go. I know part of the problem was his handling of the GM type duties. But the fact remains that the up-tempo Seems better suited to a situational usage

  3. Air raid, Run-and-shoot, K gun, whatever. It’ll score points for a while, but the O line won’t be able to keep up. And the defense won’t get enough rest because of the quick 3 and outs.
    Cards don’t have the personnel to pull this off. it takes more than a cute scheme and a (maybe) dynamic (rookie) QB.

  4. Kelly was fired because of his mistakes as a GM. After unceremoniously dumping his best players, he lost the confidence of the team. The NFL is not college, and Kelly learned that the hard way. In the NFL, the GM is the management guy and the head coach is the players’ guy. Unless you’re Bill Belichick, know your lane and stay in it.

    Kingsbury was successful in college using that system. The Red Raiders featured a passing attack that ranked in the top-10 in the country in all six seasons of his tenure, ranked in the top-20 nationally for total offense in all six seasons and finished in the top-25 in scoring five times.

    It was the defense that stunk. So he’s not a defensive head coach, neither is Sean McVay. That’s what Vance Joseph is there for.

    The Cardinals will start 6-5 until heading into a difficult stretch of the final five games. I predict they’ll finish 7-9 or 8-8.

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