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Short takes with Larry Fitzgerald

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Here are three subjects Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tackled during his conference call with the Steelers media

On why the Cardinals have struggled the last couple of seasons
A: We had some personnel changes, and we have a really good quarterback here now. And we have some talented players on our team but you look at some of the other teams around the business, Kurt Warner is going to be a Hall of Famer one day. The Denver Broncos are still trying to find a replacement for John Elway. The Miami Dolphins are still trying to find a replacement for Dan Marino. This is a tough business, and losing a guy like that hurt us. But we are really confident that Kevin is going to be a special player for us but he has only been here for two months, so it is not going to happen overnight. We are confident that we can get it done, get it turned around and it has got to start this Sunday.

On developing a rapport with new Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb
A: Kevin is a lot different from what we’ve had in the past. Kurt Warner was quick. He’d get the ball in your hands faster. Kevin, coming from the West Coast system, he has taken bigger shots down the field. That plays into my hands. I like having the ball down the field, and being able to have it at its highest point, and being able to attack it. We’ve connected a couple of times, not as many as we’d like to because our record is 1-4. But the more experience we get, there will be more opportunities, and the better off we’ll be.

On Troy Polamalu saying he had visions of Fitzgerald catching a game-winning TD at the end of Super Bowl XLIII
A: He’s a consummate professional and one of the most humble men I’ve ever met in my life, in any walk of life. He’s an unbelievable player. There’s no question in my mind, if there would have been a jump ball with me and him, he probably would have come down with it. He’s just that kind of player. LaMarr Woodley made a difference on that play. He was able to get penetration and get a sack on our quarterback. That’s why he’s one of the premier guys in the league at his position. If you pull a name out of a hat on that defense: James Farrior, anybody, those guys are unbelievable. Not only are they an unbelievable talent, they play so well and hard for each other. When they make a play, they go to one another and congratulate one another. Brett Keisel has been playing great. All around, it’s going to be a dogfight for us to put something together. We are confident we can do it.

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