More than six months have passed since the Cardinals cut outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield just after he walked on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium for a conditioning test. To Schofield, that July day seems like six minutes ago, even though he’s with a new team, the Seahawks, and preparing to play in his first Super Bowl. “That’s fresh, that’s very fresh,” Schofield said Thursday. “They cut me on the field. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder, and that’s going to carry me through the rest of my career and life.” Schofield said neither coach Bruce Arians nor General Manager Steve Keim talked to him when he was released. “I stayed a professional,” Schofield said. “I didn’t bad-mouth anybody, and I’m in the Super Bowl. I want to get this ring, and that’s all that matters.” Schofield played a significant role for the Seahawks early in the season, but his playing time dropped when linebacker Bruce Irvin returned from a four-game suspension. A fourth-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010, Schofield played in 15 games for the Seahawks, starting twice. He plays sparingly, if at all, on defense now but contributes on special teams. “We have a lot of talent,” he said. “The fact I was able to play and contribute on special teams, that’s all that matters. I ended up playing four different positions this year. To me, I added on to my football IQ.” Schofield’s time with the Cardinals was marred by injuries. He suffered a torn knee ligament at the Senior Bowl, so he missed part of his rookie year. He had four sacks in nine games in 2012 but his season ended with an ankle injury in Green Bay. In the Cardinals’ view, Schofield became expendable after linebacker John Abraham signed with the team. Schofield is due to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
O’Brien Schofield driven after being cut by Cardinals
Arizona Republic | Jan 31