Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald believes newness may prove to be advantageous

Jul 24, 2013, 7:33 PM | Updated: 9:31 pm

There are probably few people as excited for the Arizona Cardinals’ fresh start in 2013 than wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The seven-time Pro Bowler is coming off a substandard 2012 in which he caught just 71 passes for 798 yards and four touchdowns, and his team won just five games.

With a new coaching staff, new quarterback and new teammates, things have to get better, right?

“It’s been tough,” Fitzgerald told ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike Wednesday morning. “It’s never easy when you’re not winning. First and foremost it’s about winning.

“Obviously you want to be productive and go out there and be the best player you can be, but all in all you want to be on a winning team. That’s what it’s all about and that’s what I want to change most.”

That’s what the organization is hoping for, too.

The additions of Bruce Arians and his staff, along with QB Carson Palmer, have left Fitzgerald optimistic as he heads into his 10th season, all with Arizona.

“We had a terrific offseason,” Fitzgerald said. “Coach Arians really has an infectious attitude about football in terms of guys being committed and getting after it and learning the nuances of his system. Carson has come in and been a tremendous leader for us, somebody that we really needed.”

What the Cardinals could also use is a little bit of luck. Their division is regarded as the best in football, as it features Super Bowl contenders San Francisco and Seattle along with up-and-coming St. Louis. Fitzgerald understands the difficult hand his team has been dealt, but believes a new coaching staff and overhauled roster could prove to be advantageous.

Saying the Cardinals know what their division rivals do both offensively and defensively, Fitz believes his team is a bit of a mystery.

“We probably have the most new personnel out of any team in our division, new system,” he said. “So there’s a lot of things that they have to prepare for that they’re probably not going to be accustomed to.”

Head coach Bruce Arians watches as his receivers get set during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer watches as receiver Larry Fitzgerald comes down with the catch during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Larry Fitzgerald and Yeremiah Bell share a laugh during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver LaRon Byrd celebrates a touchdown catch during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Rob Housler gets into the end zone during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Reggie Walker returns an interception during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Dan Buckner lines up during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Carson Palmer takes off and runs during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson backpedals during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Andre Robers lines up waiting for QB Carson Palmer to receive the snap during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linemen Bobby Massie (70) and Daryn Colledge (71) prepare for the snap during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald and safety Tyrann Mathieu battle for a pass during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Jaron Brown comes down with a pass that looked like it was intended for tight end Rob Housler during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Jamell Fleming (23) and Kerry Taylor (18) battle for the ball during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald and safety Yeremiah Bell share some words during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Ryan Williams turns the corner after making a catch during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Ryan Lindley lines up under center during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Charles Hawkins runs with the ball during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson is watching his man while Carson Palmer delivers the ball to Andre Roberts during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cardinals QB Carson Palmer points during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald turns the corner during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians (left) and general manager Steve Keim watch during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back Alfonso Smith makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Assistant offensive line coach Larry Zierlein instructs Bobby Massie (70) and Levi Brown (75) during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians watches during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson looks during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Jarett Dillard makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Ryan Lindley throws during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Rob Housler stretches during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer rolls out during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald share a laugh during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians talks while Pro Bowlers Lorenzo Alexander, Daryl Washington, Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald look on during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians speaks to the crowd during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Team president Michael Bidwill speaks during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Karlos Dansby flaps his wings during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

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