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Posted by Darren Urban on October 27, 2010 – 4:13 pm

Larry Fitzgerald’s statistics aren’t what they have been or what the Cardinals counted on this season, in large part because of the quarterback issues the team has endured already in six games. The Pro Bowl wide receiver doesn’t like to talk about it, but it’s hard not to notice his numbers (29 catches, 331 yards, two touchdowns) are on a pace well below recent standards (They extrapolate to 77-883-5).

While Fitz acknowledges there have been times he has shown a little frustration during a game — “I am human,” he said — he tries not to let it linger.

“I want to be successful,” Fitzgerald said. “I have a burning desire to be great, not only as a player but as a team. Sometimes my emotions flow over but as a captain, I have to keep an even keel. I don’t want to give bad body language so my teammates don’t think I’m on the same page as them.”

Fitz said he tries to “look at the glass half-full rather than half-empty” and with a new quarterback in the lineup, the offensive ups and downs are just part of the growing process.

“I have a job I love to do and I am around a lot of good guys and good coaches,” Fitzgerald said. “I know we didn’t win last week, but I try to look at things positively.”

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the Cards will continue to try to get the ball to Fitz although it’s “not something I think you can force.”

Whisenhunt also said he hasn’t sensed lingering frustration from his star wideout. “Not in my discussions with Larry,” Whisenhunt said. “We’re all frustrated that we haven’t played better offensively but I think to a man, if you ask him, you can see we’re working on it.”


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63 Responses to “Fitz manages his feelings”

  1. By Brandon on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    He’s gone after next year if we don’t have a decent Qb who can get him the ball. Get it done Graves!

  2. By redredred on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    I think the QB situation has some to do with Fitz, but so far this year I have seen a slower and clumsier Larry playing a little bit weaker this year. Maybe thats why Fitz has been quiet about it cuz he knows he’s part of this offense problem not a victim.

  3. By BigTom on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    This is why Larry is such a great player and person.

  4. By Brad ONeill on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    i think fitzs low numbers are as much a result of his injury keeping him out of practice and pre season as the qbs fault.

    if you look at the first week, Breaston had great numbers. but Larry couldn;’t seem to get on the same page, since that week we haven’t had our full compliment of receivers on the field at the same time.

    Then the switch at quarterbacks means Larry and everyone else has to adjust again. I think by midseason Larry’s numbers will be escalating back up to where they belong.

    i did think it was funny on doug franzes notes about the game maybe max should throw his hands up in the air after larry missed a ball.

    http://ktar.com/category/opinions-doug-articles/20101025/Doug:-Notes-on-Cardinals-loss-to-Seahawks/

  5. By Edward on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    As a United States Marine(Once 1 always 1)it has never been the ideal of Fraternization w/ subordinates but you would be surprised how much more effective all in question would be in a “Combat Situation” and Fitzgerald knows exactly what I mean..,Take your lumps, don’t question authority, and know your leaders as well as your enemy because if you don’t..,pschologically they as well as you become “The Enemy”!

  6. By Edward on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Pardon me “Psychologically” attention to detail..,Marine!

  7. By Pheenic Cromartie on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz, please be patient. I know it’s hard, but this team has the potential to be a top team. The Defense has already started it’s streak of good games, and it’s only a matter of time before the Offense follows suit. Perhaps the breakthrough game for the Offense will be this week’s game against the Bucs! I’ll keep believing!

  8. By JohnInLasVegas on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    @Brandon,

    Of course, you are assuming we have a season next year anyhow.

  9. By tom manoogian on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    cards better find an nfl qb or you can kiss fitz goodbye,this qb situation will totally destroy the team.if whiz knew he wasn’t going to keep matt,he should have had a much better plan,this will be the cause of his firing.an average qb and we would be in good position,instead we are a laughing stock on offense.in a division that sucks,just a qb and we would be in drivers seat.makes me sick we didn’t have a plan in place,had plenty of time to plan and this is what we came up with.makes me sick,been a cards fan over 45 years,so it’s not like i’m used to winning,and i will be a fan for life,but damn,get a QB.

  10. By Kyle on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    To redredred,

    Fitz might account for 2 percent of the O problems, if that! Coming back from a knee injury was a little bit slower than I think everyone hoped for! Even a mediocre QB performance should allow his numbers to soar! We have only had that on a few drives, let alone a few games!

    Just my opinion for what its worth!

  11. By bryan on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Why would he want to resign here if we have no qb….see ya fitz when ur deal is up:-(

  12. By Jones from IL on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    I really think the offense needs simplification and more use of LaRod S Howling – how many times has he dropped the ball, or got thrown for a loss? I don’t care if he is 5 foot 7 – he is simply a good productive football player that is driven to win.

  13. By dan on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    I just hope he doesn’t pull “the decision” kind of stunt when he bails. And I do hope he stays, but I can understand why he might consider leaving.

  14. By Nick Pepe on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    @ Edward …….Semper Fi , you are a better man than me. Thank you for your dedication.
    And for all those that think Fitz is gone if they don’t bring in an “NFL” QB, well not sure what that means, (hall of famers are few and far between and not usually available and anyone getting a check is an NFL QB), but Fitz is more class and more man than any pro athelete we may see on a football field, or any other sports venue for that matter. And he stated that he is a Card, will be a Card and wants to be in the ring of honor….I take him at his word …anything can happen but this is a rare individual we are talking about. You can’t coach class.

  15. By Matt on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Is the Tampa game sold out yet?

  16. By Ross on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    not the right spot, but great article on the beanie vs. hightower situation.

    I must say..it appears really obvious Beanie is a selfish arrogant player.

    Tim seems like the consumate team player.

  17. By Darren Urban on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Matt –

    RE: Tampa sellout

    ABout 1,000 tix remained today. It should get there.

  18. By Scott H on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Keep the chin up, Larry. Better days are ahead and we need you to help make those days better. You make this team better just by being on the field, period. The passes will start finding you and then you can just do what you do. We know you are just a storm waiting to happen…we may play indoors but perhaps the Buccs better be ready for some heavy rain! Take us there, big guy.

  19. By Darren Urban on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Ross –

    RE: Beanie vs. Hightower

    I disagree. Beanie is not selfish or arrogant. But he wants to be The Man. There would be something wrong with him if he didn’t. Trust me, Tim has said in the past he’d like 20-plus carries. But he knows it’s not coming to him, so there’s no reason to belabor the point.

  20. By trent on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    when is the deadline for hayes and schofield to be activated to the roster

  21. By Ross on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, i will take your word for it…just the quotes from the guys were drastically different.

    i like em both though, don’t get me wrong. i just think they are both solid backs…

    tell whiz to put them both in the backfield for the first place and then take it from there. we all know beanie gets his 15ish carries to tim’s 5-10…

  22. By Chris B on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    If they pay him, he’s not going anywhere. People need to relax. What are we suppose to do? Pander to everyone on the team? Then might as well but Dockett in the backfield and let him run it a few times too. Fitz isn’t leaving if the money is there.

  23. By Rocky G on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Just a random thought today… Fitz has been.. and will be awesome… on the field & off the field, he embodies what a professional should be. As much as it hurts to say this… I think we owe it to fitz to do all we can to make him successful. TRADE HIM NOW… for a real Quarterback. Put him in a place where we can watch him succeed, and recieve something we desperately need NOW.. this can go on for years… DA or Hall … PLEASE!!! Whiz blew this one big time… sometimes success has a way of clouding the decision making process.. We tried to get Whitehurst…. REALLY!!! His handling of the whole lineart thing was not very professional… NO MATTER what your feelings,,, towards a player,,, You have to make a decision soley based on what is best for the team !!!! meanwhile.. another year passes… maybe two…. Fitz leaves… we are empty handed,,, Help him succeed!!! he deserves it!!! DA or Hall.. neither has what it takes to be a pro QB!! It was more than bad weather in seattle… Lame duck passes… no zip at all… cant hold the ball when hit.. the list goes on and on!!! please do the right thing!!! Get us a REAL QB… NOW!!!!!

  24. By AndyStandsUp on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz’s numbers through 5 games last season compare favorably to this year’s stats.(Didn’t say through 6 games because he had a monster game vs. Seattle in 2009.)
    And if the Cards need a progress report on Larry’s frustration level all they need to do is check out brother Marcus’s Twitter page. (He’s a half-empty kind of guy, like someone else we know.)

  25. By Darren Urban on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Trent –

    RE: Hayes/Schofield

    The end of next week.

  26. By T Goody on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Derren, is DRC on the punt return depth? If not do you think he would make a good special teams return man

  27. By Nick Pepe on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    @ Rocky……I think you left me speechless. And that is tough to do. Best of luck.

  28. By Morris on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    when are we going to give skelton a chance,i think he is better off being the starting QB for this kind of offense, when are they playing him?

  29. By tRiGidY on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren didn’t Fitz say he would restructure his contract if the team re-signed Bolden?

    Sounds to me like someone misses a couple Old teammates??(Warner)(Bolden)

    Why not leave after this year?? where is The Fitz going? Minn? Balt?Pitts?Dallas? NYJ?

    Looks like back to top10picks in every years Draft again!

  30. By Chuck on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Just a note to compliment you on your ability to tactfully defuse a feud between a few posters on a previous thread.
    You have a knack of politely {most of the time anyway :) } giving us info, but busting our chops if we get too big for our britches!!!

  31. By Eazy E on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    It is essential that we get a McNabb or Vick after the season, by no means am I giving up on the season but Fitz is a superstar wr and he wants the ball badly we need to feed him and right now we just don’t have that guy that qb. McNabb and Vick are doing fantastic things with their respective teams and both have rockets on their shoulders and pinpoint great accuracy.

  32. By Eazy E on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Our best player and my favorite player is Fitz and we need a superstar qb to match with our superstar wr like a kurt warner(the aforementioned McNabb, Vick, etc.) They’ll be free agents after this year, hopefully neither of their teams resign them.

  33. By Eazy E on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Arizona needs one of them BADLY

  34. By Darthcard on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz is not himself either. When was the last time he jumped up for a ball? Losing the way the cardinals are losing disgusts me. Like the movie gladiator the reference.. We are all just shadows and dust. Shadows and dust cardinals. Shadows and dust.

  35. By cardsalltheway on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz, good luck on whatever team you end up on next year!

  36. By shouldvekeptmat on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Boldin did it without a “leggit” qb even before larry was on the team….where’s he now…… oh yeah on his way to get a ring.. shoot he better be in the rign of honor here pretty soon. Anyways mike vick is a free agent next season, let’s wrap him up and get back to the superbowl hahahahaha how I wish

  37. By clssylssy on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    We are looking at a possible lookout situation and if we don’t get some of thesse issues fixed soon we’re going to lose alot more than Fitz, who I think really got the wunderlust when his friend, Anguan, got treated so poorly and when on to now putting up historic numbers with the Ravens and making more money.This QB situations has certainingly not helped but we have enough talent on this team to be successful.. In Whiz I trust and he isn’t in charge of writing the checks, so unless this team comes up with a way to be competitive in paying players we can expect more of the same. This season has been a let down but has been better than expected given the bigger picture.
    Alot still can happen. Other teams are struggling for example the Saints, GB, and, OMG, the Cowboys…You don’t hear their “fans” being a bunch of sniviling whiners, giving up…the Cowboys are still saying they’re gonna make it the SB; that’s REAL optomism! If fans must be frustrated with somebody and assign blame they should FOLLOW THE MONEY…or lack thereof.

  38. By johnnybluenose on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    i’m sorry but i’m out of patience.for months i’ve been reading all these similar comments from fitz and whiz and others, trying to put a positive spin on things and it’s all BS. our offense is just not good…period, end of story…and it’s not going to get better. boldin is so fortunate to be playing on a real team…you know, like the one we used to have. i blame management for this fiasco. kurt announced very early that he was done and they could have used the money they were going to pay him to keep some of our guys. and why not keep Q for this year and then let him walk if that’s what he wants. sure, you don’t get a third round pick when that happens but, so what? you take the 5million you were paying him and sign someone else. what have we got this year? no Q and, in his place, a prospect. it’s not hard to find prospects, much harder to replace a guy like Q. sorry for the rant but there is something not right with this team. it’s almost like we get more penalties than first downs and no one is held accountable. what gives?

  39. By Jeff Gollin on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    What all this demonstrates is the interdependence of each player with one another,

    No single player – however outstanding – can succeed without the support of his teammates. In Fitz’s case, he cannot make incredible catches of balls that never reach him. He needs a passer who can delivered him the ball (who in turn needs pass blockers, RB’s and other receivers in order to be effective). And so on.

  40. By Gatorplaya on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s my comment, I love the Cardinals, I’m a fan, but the biggest mistake was thinking Deucet could take Boldin’s place (Look at Q in Boldinmore, he’s still producing). Fitz knew Boldin was a part of him being successful, that’s why he restructured his deal to keep him, but the Cards did Lord knows what with the extra money. Look Fitz can’t do this alone. Get rid of Leinart was the worst mistake they could have made. He and Leinart and the other recievers has been working out all off-season to get rid of him for something silly…WOW! Whiz is a great coach, but I don’t knkow what’s going on now!

  41. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    T Goody –

    RE: DRC punt return

    Yes, he does take some reps there, but I don’t know how seriously they have thought about using him there.

  42. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Morris –

    RE: Skelton

    Not this year.

  43. By Peter in Canada on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Darren – Since this talk about Leinart isn’t going away could you tell me what they were going to pay Leinart as opposed to DA.? It seems to me that Leinart was being paid far more than what his ability merited. Can you fill me in? Thanx.

  44. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Peter –

    RE: Leinart money

    If memory serves, his salary was going to be in the $2 million range.

  45. By Cardinals on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    Do you think we could maybe pick Mike Vick up next season?

    If Fitz can just wait one more year for Vick we could dominate the west once more.

  46. By brad oneill on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    gatorplaya- fitz offered to redo his contract but I don’t believe he actually did it.

    for those complaining the team didnt do enough early- i would remind them that the first quarterback with a lot of potential to come available was DA. he was a former pro bowler that had fallen out of favor on a bad team. there was reason to believe that in the right situation he would flourish again.

    Once they had DA as a back up the team seemed set. They were hoping a switch would come on with Matt lienart but apparently that didn’t happen. I personally would have liked to have seen matt get the entire first half of some preseason games before they let him go but they felt they saw enough in their limited observation of games.

    It would have been nice if mcnabb, Vick, Bulger and DA could have all shown up for tryouts and the cards could pick the best one but that just isn’t how it works.

    once we had DA we were set at back up it just so happens that our starter didn’t work out. so stop blaming the coaches and management for factors they didn’t foresee. They got the best guy available at the time.

  47. By We'll miss Q on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Gatorplaya, Fitz never restructured his deal to get Boldin more money and neither did Warner. They both OFFERRED to restructure their deals, but Graves and Whiz were so angry with Q that they refused to take their offers. Now he is gone and we have Andre Roberts(so far a BUST) to show for him. Yes Q was injured a lot, but that was because he gave his all on every play, trying to run over guys, NOT running out of bounds or diving to the ground like #11. We lost a lot more than a pro bowl player we lost the heart and soul of the offense, and it clealry shows we miss his and Kurt’s leadership, toughness as well as onfield performances.

  48. By FightON! on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    @We miss Q…any player can pay lip service and say they’ll restructure their contract for another player, the reality is, they can’t do it, and they have to have known that…all it was is, lip service. Lofa Tatupu put his money where his mouth is, he actually SIGNED a new contract with the Seahawks for over a million lower than his teammate, just to keep the team together.

  49. By Dan on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone needs to forget about the Q back thing this year. My God, Hall has only played two games! If he plays well on Sunday, everyone will be saying he’s the next coming of Kurt Warner. Yes, he looked bad last week, really bad. But, the only way he’s going to get better is to play. Do you really want Anderson back starting? He’ll have a bad game and then everyone will say we should have stuck with Max. You can’t have it both ways people, you make a decision and stick with it. Quit worrying about next year, we still have alot of games to play this year.

  50. By BigtymerAZ on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Unless Fitz is going to be happy catching 5-yard passes then DA is the only way to go. DA is our only chance to win. Max cannot throw downfield, Period!

  51. By james on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    Do u think we as a team will go for kevin kolb big acurate thrower hes young and good we need a QB poissbly for next year what are chances

    -james

  52. By Darren Urban on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    James –

    RE: Kolb

    Zero until/unless the Eagles decide to trade Kolb. And that’s no lock.

  53. By Dre on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    32nd is where the Cardinals offense ranks in the following categories: yards per game, passing yards per game, passing yards per play, first downs per game, time of possession.
    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/cardinals/articles/2010/10/26/20101026arizona-cardinals-extra-momentum.html#ixzz13gJxja2i

    [A quote from Beanie from the Running in Place article regarding the Saints Game...“I didn’t rush the ball that well but we won the game,” Wells said Wednesday. “We were able to play clock management with those guys. I definitely feel comfortable when I am a high-carry guy."]

    Bucs game……….Time of Possession ???? Time of Possession ????
    Seattle game…….Time of Possession 22:43 Time of Possession 37:17*
    Saints game……..Time of Possession 30:01 Time of Possession 29:59
    Chargers game….Time of Possession 25:02 Time of Possession 34:58*
    Raiders game……Time of Possession 27:02 Time of Possession 32:58
    Falcons Game…..Time of Possession 20:47 Time of Possession 39:13
    Rams Game……..Time of Possession 27:09 Time of Possession 32:51*

    Note: win and lose differential on possession of time

    YOU WANT TO WIN OR YOU WANT TO GO HOME. They said once Kurt retired, this year became an instant transition year and that’s hard to debate. What is debatable is how the transition would be described….smooth, difficult or train wreck. Because we didn’t handle the QB position properly it immediately was expected to be a difficult year. You add turnovers, injuries, a few bad draft decisions and a coach unwilling to look at the man in the mirror and you are dangerously close to having a train wreck year.

    It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday but that is exactly what we must do. This offense has to go through a Beanie Wells lead running game, controlling clock and wearing down defenses.

    Larry Fitzgerald is the best player on the team which is why teams will focus on him. We have two QBs with major downsides that affect our complete passing game proven by our 32nd ranked offense. We get our big 3 back this week at WR but how much longer do we have to hear about timing issues between QB to WR.

    Tampa Bay gives up 157.7 yds/g, 5.3 yards each carry and is currently ranked 31st out of 32 teams. They are 6th in pass defense giving up 196.2 yds/g.

    This is a perfect opportunity to showcase our new run first pass second offense. It also will allow time for our WR and QB to get on the same page without much strain or frustration to the passing game. Larry will benefit twice as much on the back end.

    Time of Possession is our biggest problem followed by turnovers and then the QB/ passing game combination….and you can’t fix number two and three who dealing with number one first.

  54. By Gatorplaya on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I remember when Vick was out there, and I honestly thought he would be a great fit for this team, especially because of our o-line problems, but just like everyone else, I heard so many of the loyal fans here mixing his personal life with his football skills. Now look at the guy. He’s a starter once again in the league. All I can do is laugh at the people that doubted him…but at the same time I think what he could have meant to our offense. Man it just sucks to see our team do so bad…especially after two pretty good seasons….Well management really screwed it back up….I do not want to go back to the seasons before the last couple….WE NEED DELIVERANCE!!! FAST!!!

  55. By Landin on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    @Dan

    U couldnt be anymore right

  56. By Scott H on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Jeff Gollin -

    Well said, and I agree. The passing game was NOT going to be this year what it has been in the past. We knew that. But the hope ( MY hope, anyway ) was that the running game would be solid enough that it would be creating the chances for the passing game to pick its spots and attack down field. Hasn’t happened. The O-line has under-achieved, Beanie was hoblled early on, and Timmy continues to fumble. With the running game not getting it done, instability at QB, AND our other top WR’s being hurt as well, what else is there for defenses to do but come after the QB and take Fitz out of the picture??? The guy must feel like he’s in WR hell so far. But I say if the running game starts to roll, this will all start to turn around. And Fitz will more closely resemble the player we know he is. If I’m the doctor right now, I say the cure for what is ailing Fitz these days is a great big dose of Beanie Wells. Take early, often, and repeat.

  57. By Scott H on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    trigidy -
    Just curious – did you constantly spell Boldin’s name wrong when he was here??? I swear, if I see you spell it as Bolden one more time…

  58. By Aussie Cards Fan on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Darren, Was/Is Whiz close to going with DA this week even if Hall is cleared? By the way thanks mate for all the updates, Cards rule!

  59. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Aussie Cards Fan –

    RE: DA vs Hall

    No. Hall was always the choice as long as he was healthy.

  60. By Greg Toler Advocate on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Darren Urban, The “Stone” the builder refuses is the “Cornerstone” Why is Ben Patrick and possibly even a dual tight end set also featuring Stephan Spach not Incorporated..,Phil Simms, and Joe Morris didn’t accomplish what they did without Mark Bavaro! I feel like I’m that Staples Commercial..,TIGHT END..,”That was Simple”! What is your take?

  61. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Advocate –

    RE: Tight ends

    In Whisenhunt’s offense, I just don’t see these tight ends taking a big role.

  62. By Cardscat4L on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    What are the Cardinals doing to keep Fitz? Any Word? Do You Think he believes in Whiz enough to stay?

  63. By Darren Urban on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Cardscat –

    RE: Fitz

    As of now, I still think the most likely outcome is that Fitz signs an extension.

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