Former Arizona Cardinals great also endorsed Sean Payton
By Sion Fawkes
Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald again hit news outlets, this time endorsing Sean Payton to be the team’s next head coach.
A few days back, I wrote a piece on how former Arizona Cardinals receiver endorsed Dan Quinn during the 2022 season. We now know Quinn opted to remain with the Dallas Cowboys, so Fitzgerald threw his name behind another coaching candidate. That candidate was none other than Sean Payton. Here is a snippet of what Fitzgerald had to say:
"“To me, it’s really a no-brainer. If you really want to build the foundation for success for a very long time, Sean Payton has done that for quite awhile in New Orleans and years before then.“He’s a franchise-changing aspect. He’s going to be expensive, you have to give compensation up to the New Orleans Saints, but if you’re trying to change the conversation, he’s a guy that has the ability to do that.” – via AZ Sports’ Bickley & Marotta"
Fitzgerald is absolutely right. When Payton went to New Orleans in 2006, they were often regarded as the NFL’s laughingstock. The franchise had been around since 1967 and had just one playoff win, so they were right down there with the Cardinals in terms of success in the NFL’s modern era.
Payton completely changed the franchise and if he comes to the desert, history might just repeat itself. Sure, he’s going to cost a fortune, as Fitzgerald also pointed out. But if the Cardinals can get around trading the third overall pick, I agree – Trade for the guy.
Former Arizona Cardinals great Larry Fitzgerald Endorses Payton
Fitzgerald’s endorsement joins a long list of Cardinals fans and followers who want nothing more than to see their team transform from the NFL’s doormat into a regular contender. Since 1947, this organization has seen nothing but hardship, with only a handful of playoff wins, division titles, and two relocations.
The NFL’s oldest franchise has easily been the most unstable. Adding in a massive chess piece like Payton doesn’t guarantee stability, but it also increases the odds that the Arizona Cardinals will, finally, catch a much-needed break.
Article Source: Fitzgerald: Sean Payton has the ability to change conversation of Cardinals by Tyler Drake
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