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Friday, September 6, 2013
Flush the Pocket: Focus shifts to offense

By Josh Weinfuss

The Cardinals’ offense seems to be on everybody’s mind just a few days before their regular season kicks off Sunday in St. Louis.

With all the changes to the roster, optimism is beginning to reign around the locker room, especially with Larry Fitzgerald feeling comfortable with all three receiver spots.

But offense coordinator Harold Goodwin isn’t satisfied just yet.

“It’s still a work in progress,” he said. “I think the guys are getting better every day. We’re coaching them hard and I think they’re starting to get it.”

Goodwin added that the time to start gelling is Sunday -- not the middle of the season when everyone is comfortable with the offense. By then, it might be too late.

Fitzgerald talked about the new scheme while holding court in front of his locker Thursday, but he didn’t want to look back at last year. This season is all about moving forward.

“Last year is last year,” he said. “I put that to bed. Every year is different. You just got to go out there. (If) you look in the rear-view mirror, it’s hard for you to see what’s going on in front of you.

“Obviously I’m aware of what happened last year and I don’t want to ever repeat last year.”

In other news...

Rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu will be on call if coach Bruce Arians wants to give Patrick Peterson a breather on punt returns.

Defending the edge is a priority for the Cardinals’ offensive line.

AZCentral.com columnist Bob Young reviewed the changes to the Cardinals’ defense for 2013 and declares it’ll be better than last season.

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com wrote that Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer don’t have much time left to make something happen.

Craig Morgan of FoxSportsArizona.com previewed the Cardinals’ linebackers.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com looked at the bevy of cornerbacks that defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has at his disposal.