Larry Fitzgerald: 2012 NFL season 'most frustrating'


Larry Fitzgerald's immense talents were wasted last season.

The Arizona Cardinals receiver couldn't make up for the team's revolving door at quarterback during a campaign that flew off the rails in a hurry.

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"It was the most frustrating season, or time, I've ever had," Fitzgerald told Bruce Cooper of The Arizona Republic. "Professionally ... or even in college, I've never had a year like that. It was tough mentally, physically it was tough, but it builds resolve. I know I never want to go through a season like that personally, or as a team, and I'm going to do everything in my power to not ever repeat that."

Fitzgerald quickly has warmed to new coach Bruce Arians. The team's new offensive-minded coach scattered Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Brian Hoyer to the wind, replacing that train wreck with veteran Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton.

Palmer, from all angles, is a mixed bag, but Arians has proven he can squeeze the most out of his signal-callers. Fitzgerald sounds sold.

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"It's important, it's just stability. That's all you can ask for in this game, is just stability. Someone who knows what he's doing, who's accountable, who's reliable. I mean from the first day he stepped in the huddle ... he has a tempo, he has a mentality, a demeanor in the huddle that demands respect of his peers. When you look in his eyes, you know he's a leader. ... I'm excited to be playing receiver for him."

And for Arians, who found new ways to use Indianapolis Colts wideout Reggie Wayne last season and will do the same with the Cardinals. Fitzgerald was seen lining up in the slot and all over the formation during workouts this week, and he's a strong candidate for a revival in 2013.

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