The University of Pittsburgh product seems very optimistic about the 2014 version of the Red Birds.
"Our Super Bowl team (2009), we got hot at the right time," Fitzgerald told azcentral.com. "I don't think we were as talented as we are right now. Obviously, we had a Hall of Fame quarterback in Kurt Warner and a Hall of Fame receiver in Anquan Boldin back then, but look across this room.
"We have John Abraham, Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Darnell Dockett, guys who are Pro Bowl regulars. We have rising stars in Andre Ellington and Michael Floyd, along with myself. The offensive line is the strongest I've ever seen since I've been here. We've got five tight ends that could make the team, and that kind of everyday competition makes us so much better. We have a really strong group of men."
No doubt. The Cardinals, on paper, appear to be a better team than than the 10-6 squad from last year. However, they have to prove it on the field and they need to replace the production they received last season from linebackers Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington.
In addition, the Red Birds are in the same division as the defending Super Bowl champions (Seattle) and a team that has been to the NFC championship game the last three seasons (San Francisco). Don't look now but the Rams are a team on the rise as well which makes the NFC West the strongest division in the NFL.
There is excitement in the air in the Valley. The Cardinals are a winning team again and dreams of making the playoffs are a reality now, not a pipe dream.
"Everybody wants to be associated with a winner," Fitzgerald said. "You remember when the Diamondbacks won the World Series. Or when the Suns had Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle, or even later, during the Steve Nash era. You couldn't get a ticket in the building. It's really cool to see what winning can do."
The 2014 NFL season may prove to be a magical one for these Cardinals.
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