"The vibe is winning, " the University of Wisconsin product told Fox Sports Arizona. "I think everyone is excited and they had enough of just close to making it and starting off well and failing in the season. This year the mentality is just winning."
Schofield had four sacks and 34 tackles in nine games for the Red Birds last season. While the Cardinals had one of the better young defenses in the NFL last year, their offense really struggled, mostly due to poor quarterback play. Arizona took a huge step in improving that situation by now having veteran Carson Palmer as their signal-caller.
"When Carson came in, I think a lot of guys were very excited because they had a veteran quarterback that knows the game, that's proven in the league that can be a leader for our team," Schofield told Fox Sports Arizona. "I think that's a good step to winning and being able to compete in the playoffs. I think the happiest person of us all is Larry (Fitzgerald). I think Larry Fitzgerald is very happy just to have someone that can connect to him. Where we are at with our offensive scheme, I think our coach did a good job."
That coach is Bruce Arians of course and he is expected to help turn the Red Birds' offensive woes around with some dynamic offensive scheming and play-calling. It should be a much improved offensive unit which will take pressure off of Schofield and the rest of the Cardinals defense.
So what are Schofield's personal goals for 2013?
"Number one is staying healthy," he explained to Fox Sports Arizona. "If I'm not healthy, I can't be on the field, and this is, one, my contract year, and I would love to be a Cardinal for the rest of my career. I've really got a chip on my shoulder, and I'm going to work to be great."
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