Larry Fitzgerald is no stranger to the way offenses run.
The NFL veteran has now seen five coaching changes as he’s set to enter his 16 seasons with the Cardinals. But this time, with Kliff Kingsbury at the helm, Fitzgerald is seeing a spark in Arizona’s offense.
“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 Sports Illustrated’s MMQB. “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.”
Fitzgerald added: “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.”
Kingsbury became the team’s third coach in three seasons after taking over for Steve Wilks, who put together a league-worst 3-13 record in his only season with the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are hoping for an overhaul with Kingsbury and top overall draft pick Kyler Murray, who already has experience running the same style of offense the former Texas Tech coach plans to bring to the NFL.
So far, Fitzgerald has been wowed by Murray’s work on the field and after the disappointing season the team had last year, it gives the veteran hope for the future of the franchise.
“I know him running [Oklahoma coach] Lincoln Riley’s offense is very similar to what coach Kliff runs, but on the first day he’s calling audibles and getting us in plays that are favorable to the offense,” Fitzgerald said. “So I was really impressed by his ability to take a leadership position first day at the offense. I was impressed with how smart he is, how determined he is. His future is extremely bright.”
Rookies are scheduled to report Cardinals training camp on Wednesday and the rest of the team will join on July 24.