Larry Fitzgerald isn’t going to forget about it – a third-and-2 red-zone play against Dallas in the preseason, a play in which had he made the right hot read “I would’ve caught that and walked into the end zone.”
“Just stupid mistakes,” the Pro Bowl wide receiver said.
Those are gone, Fitzgerald believes, from both his game and the offense’s. Coach Bruce Arians said he was pleased with where all the wide receivers are in their preparation for Sunday’s season-opener against the Rams, in part because the playbook is pared down so significantly.
Fitzgerald was one of the players significantly impacted by Arians’ arrival, especially having to learn all three receiver positions. The ability of the Fitzgerald to narrow down what needs to be
“Training camp, you have no idea what the plays will be day-to-day,” Fitzgerald said. “He has the whole playbook at his disposal, and for B.A. that’s like 5,000 plays.
“This week, you have 25 red-zone plays, 25 … it’s really condensed. So you can really focus on what you need to, from your ‘hots’ to your sights to your adjustments. Mentally, you are so much more relaxed because you know what you need to do on every single play.”
Fitzgerald said he has been able to get past the frustrations of last season, and is intent on looking forward. A rebound season seems inevitable after a miserable 2012, and Fitzgerald said he has no doubt he is prepared.
“Coach stays on me every day, harping on the details,” Fitzgerald said. “Coach (Tom) Moore is always in my ear. I feel like I’m being coached by some of the best coaches in the league.”
GETTING AGGRESSIVE ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE
“I don’t think any team in the NFL wants to dial up a blitz every down just to get pressure,” Dockett said. “You want your defensive line to get pressure and let your guys cover.”
Bowles added that he was fine with the play of Dockett and Campbell in the preseason as well.
“Those guys are hard workers and they are very talented,” Bowles said. “They didn’t play a lot. We have to make sure they are ready to go.”
ARIANS HELPS OUT FITZ
Fitzgerald, who had his jersey No. 1 retired by the University of Pittsburgh Monday, took part in most of Monday’s practice before leaving a little early to catch a flight to the Pitt-Florida State game. He said Arians actually moved practiced earlier from its original time just to allow Fitzgerald to get to his ceremony.
“How many head coaches around the league would do that for somebody,” Fitzgerald said. “I haven’t even played in a regular-season game for him and he still extended that courtesy. I’m appreciative and I’m ready to run through a wall for him.”
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The Cardinals added wide receiver