TEMPE, Ariz. -- The pleasantries didn’t last very long.
An introductory phone call with Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald led to the Cardinals’ new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and the future Hall of Famer talking about schemes and terminology. McCoy said soon after he accepted the job, Fitzgerald was one of the Cardinals whom he wanted to "reach out to" and "just say hello." So far, Fitzgerald is the only one McCoy's talked with.
"It was great to talk to him," McCoy said. "He's excited."
Fitzgerald, who has yet to announce whether he’ll play in 2018 or retire, made sure to let McCoy know David Johnson was more than a running back and that his last two play-callers, former Cardinals head coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Bruce Arians, had similar verbiages.
McCoy was talking about Johnson’s role in the offense when he mentioned a comment by Fitzgerald reminding McCoy of Johnson’s pass-catching ability.
“When I talked to Larry the other day, I made a comment and he said, ‘Coach, hold on now, this guy can run some routes for us too, so let’s make sure we take advantage of that,’” McCoy recalled.
In response to Fitzgerald’s comment on Whisenhunt’s and Arians’ terminology, McCoy said some of what they called will carry over, but he’ll add new lingo as well.
It won’t be much of a stretch for McCoy to use some of Whisenhunt’s terms because of his relationship with Whisenhunt, who was the San Diego Chargers’ offensive coordinator under McCoy twice between 2013 and 2016.
“I don’t have all the answers,” McCoy said. “I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers, so we’re going to change some terminology. I’ve called certain things a certain way.
“There are some things that are going to carry over. There are some things that are going to change but I’m open.”