On the Fitz tweets

Posted by Darren Urban on September 22, 2009 – 9:31 am

I had wanted to touch on a couple of other things this morning, but they’ll have to wait given the growing story of Larry Fitzgerald, the Twitter page of his brother Marcus and Fitz getting just four catches Sunday. Marcus Fitzgerald took to Twitter and said some things — not surprising, really coming from a little brother — about Kurt Warner not getting the ball enough to his sibling. The key tweet was one where Marcus said Larry had texted him angry he wasn’t getting the ball more. In the day-plus that has followed, Marcus Fitzgerald apparently backtracked and then deleted the tweets, but by then too many outlets had recounted the situation.

I first saw the remarks early yesterday when a fan noted it on a message board. I thought about mentioning it but I was hoping to talk to Larry first. Instead, it’s blown up nationally (The ironic part of this whole thing is that Larry is on Twitter and he goes out of his way to be as non-controversial as possible).

Look, it’s not a surprise when a good receiver gets irritated when he doesn’t get the ball. You don’t have to be a expert on body language to see when guys like Randy Moss, or Terrell Owens, or Steve Smith, or yes, Fitz and Anquan Boldin, feel they should have had the ball tossed their way. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday Fitzgerald will bring it up sometimes although it’s “never done in a way that is anything other than kind of kidding around.”

Fitz is also careful publicly, which is why — and of course, I am guessing now — he was probably cringing at his brother’s Twitter comments. In the Jacksonville locker room, someone asked Fitz about looking upset at one point in Sunday’s game when he was open down the middle. Fitz smiled and talked about how he was just tired in the humidity and that’s why his body language was what it was. Another reporter, who wasn’t there for the first answer, came up moments later and brought up the same thing, and Fitz again smiled and insisted it just was the weather.

Of course, Fitz had a touchdown in hand by the time the game was over. He could have had a second. The TD pass to running back Jason Wright was designed for Fitz; Wright’s route was supposed to clear the area except the safety covering Wright was so badly beat Warner just threw it to Wright. But if you watch the play, Fitz was wide open right behind Wright (and, personally, looked a bit disappointed Wright stepped in front of him).

But here’s the deal: If indeed little brother is telling the truth (and why would he lie?) and Fitz was upset, it wasn’t Fitz putting it out for public consumption. After the game, Fitzgerald stood in the locker room telling everyone the victory was a huge deal, and if he was ticked at that point, he did a marvelous job to hide it. I’d expect star receivers like Boldin and Fitzgerald to be unhappy if they don’t get the ball. I expect Warner to be unhappy if Whisenhunt suddenly started calling 60 percent run plays. I’d expect Darnell Dockett to be ticked if they suddenly said he had to play nose tackle so someone else could rush the passer.

What you can’t have is guys having their moods take a dive after victories, especially ones in which everything seemed to click. And again, that didn’t look like it happened with Fitzgerald.

Now, whether or not he wants to talk to his little brother about the very public impact of Twitter ….


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14 Responses to “On the Fitz tweets”

  1. By Charles on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Very well said Darren. Playmakers want the ball, but Fitz goes about it the right way.

  2. By Barb on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Hmm… does Coach W tolerate players using PDA’s on the side line during games? I think not. I think we have a little brother looking for HIS two minutes of fame.

  3. By vsancards on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    I understand. My children always look to protect their siblings at sporting events blaming mistakes on the coach or other players. It is unfortunate though and I would not be surprised if Larry Sr. or Larry Jr. asked little bro to remove those statements being the kind of person that they are, which is 100 percent class.

    Even I get frustrated watching a replay and seeing Larry open downfield. I’m not sure why are passing attack is being so conservative with the short passing game.

    That being said we won the game and that should be everyone’s focus.

  4. By Jesus on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    hey, i am upset fitz has not had the ball thrown to him much, but alot happier with the win.

    like the super bowl fitz started getting the ball thrown his way we almost won, 6 of sundays points fitz point after rackers.

  5. By Javier Montoya on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    The whole team, including of course Larry, and the Cards nation wants him to touch the ball more I assume. I noticed it and Coach said it. He is double covered all day. The design to fake the Boldin screen from the first half and hit Larry deep in the second half this last week for the touchdown is probably what they’ll do more because Larry is just deadly. The few touches he had were made the best of and one for a touchdown. No one knows that more than coach. Larry is a tremendous person to look up to for how he handles himself and he’s the type of character along with others that there unselfish ways could lead us right back to a Super Bowl. Hopefully before you know hit he’ll bust out in a huge game.

  6. By BigRed11 on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Dang, they just talked about this for a solid segment on ESPNews… I hope Marcus feels a little humbled on how far his words can be blown up.

  7. By FORMER Steeler Fan on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    This (selfishness) is exactly what the Cards DON’T need going into the Colts game.

  8. By Jesus on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    hey, nothing wrong with selfishness ask warner who has been an advocate for boldin in all his crying.

    you want to win get fitz the ball (success) happens
    when he has the ball in his hand. 49ers game another example he got the ball 2nd half and we took the lead.

  9. By merill(cardinals fan from the Philippines) on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Coach Whiz himself said it, the Cards’ offense is designed in such a way that the QB has reads.
    There may have been situations when Larry felt he was open but Kurt was unable to throw the ball to him due to circumstances during the plays that did not allow Kurt to throw to Fitz’ direction.
    Let’s just be happy with the win okay?
    Cards all the way baby!

  10. By S on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Gosh, you really do have to love the media, especially when they’re trying to stir up something and make the situation bigger than what it actually was or is. I feel for both of the brothers. Fitz for having to deal with it when he has nothing to do with it and Marcus for making a statement that most siblings “normally” do make when his brother didn’t get the ball as much as he hoped his brother did. An expression of his opinion and didn’t realized by stating his opinion it would stirred up this much problems. Overall, it was a good game, the Cardinal’s won and they wouldn’t have won if they didn’t work together as a team.

  11. By aaron dunbar on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    I think it was very foolish of Marcus to post the coversation he had with his brother on twitter knowing that can be a distraction going into sunday’s game against the Colts

  12. By NC_Cardsfan on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    I have just been confused on the situation with Fitz through preseason till now,I figured it was just preseason he wasn’t in the games that much,they are keeping him healthy etc.But now 1st game same thing,second game better and so I feel it is the new offence play calling,timing of KW and players or maybe like some others have said FITZ is being double,triple teamed and we need to find different ways to get him the ball,I am not freaking out about it YET I think It will start getting better–hopefully with the Colts but it will.(it is also killing my F football teams HEHEHE)

  13. By tygrbass on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    kurt probaly wanted to hit q as much as possible considering he had his hole high school team and family there to watch the game

  14. By Jesus on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    you remember Q and his incedent on the sideline last year. good players want the ball they are going to get upset, it happens. kids on the playground get mad when they don’t get the ball, football, basketball, you name it, it happens. lets focus on the colts.

    what happen to

    we do this together.

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