Bruce Arians ‘truly believes’ Fitzgerald would play in right system

Jan 19, 2018, 3:44 PM | Updated: Jan 20, 2018, 8:21 am
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Larry Fitzgerald watch players during an NFL football...
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Larry Fitzgerald watch players during an NFL football organized team activity, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Cardinals' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)
LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Former Cardinals' Head Coach

When it comes down to whether or not Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald retires, former head coach Bruce Arians gave his two cents Friday.

“I truly believe he would like to play in the right system, and everything that falls right, I think he’d like to play one more year and come back one more year and come in second,” Arians said on the Burns & Gambo Show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

It wouldn’t come as much of a shock should he decide to stay for another season given his 2017 campaign.

Last season, he reeled in 109 receptions, tying his career-high he set in 2015, for 1,156 yards and six touchdowns. He also had his first pass completion when he connected with fellow receiver Jaron Brown for 21 yards.

If Fitzgerald were to stay, he would have a legitimate shot at passing Terrell Owens at 15,934 yards for second on the all-time receiving yards list. Fitzgerald is currently at 15,545. He could also make a run at former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez at 1,325, for the No. 2 spot on the all-time receptions list. At 1,234, Fitzgerald needs 92 to pass him — a number he’s surpassed seven times in his career.

But his on-the-field performance isn’t the only thing that gives Fitzgerald his All-Pro demeanor, according to Arians.

“You can never talk about Larry until you talk about the person, what he means to the organization,” Arians said. “Being able to have him as a leader on how to do everything right in your life as a player and then play hard, practice hard, all those things, that all comes second.”

Arizona Cardinals

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 17: Zach Ertz of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the game against...
Wills Rice

New Cardinals TE Zach Ertz bids farewell to Philadelphia in letter to fans

After playing eight years and winning a Super Bowl for the Eagles, the newest Cardinals TE Zach Ertz said an emotional goodbye to Philly.
13 hours ago
Follow @AZSports...
Arizona Sports

Trivia Tuesday: Cardinals players with 800+ receiving yards in a season

Can you name every Cardinals player (since 1988) to have 800 or more receiving yards in a single season? Good luck, it's Trivia Tuesday!
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury applauds his players during NFL football training camp...
Arizona Sports

SI’s Breer: Kliff Kingsbury was on to Houston as Cardinals closed out Browns

Kliff Kingsbury handed off his duties as Cardinals coach and proceded to plan for the Houston Texans as his team played the Cleveland Browns.
2 days ago
Acting head coach defensive coordinator Vance Joseph of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the f...
Tyler Drake

Gameday leftovers: Collective effort keeps Cardinals afloat in Week 6

With the odds stacked against them, the Arizona Cardinals pulled together to remain undefeated through six weeks.
2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) reacts after breaking up a pass during the second...
Associated Press

Vikings put CB Patrick Peterson on IR with hamstring injury

Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson was placed on injured reserve after hurting his hamstring. He must miss a minimum of three games.
2 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball before the game against the Jacksonville J...
Tyler Drake

The 5: Arizona Cardinals standouts through 6 games in 2021

It has certainly been a team effort across the board, but there have been more than a few key contributors to the Cardinals' success in 2021.
2 days ago
Bruce Arians ‘truly believes’ Fitzgerald would play in right system