It turned out to not be a huge deal, but coach Ken Whisenhunt was not a happy camper when Larry Fitzgerald — after teammate Early Doucet broke a bunch of tackles for a 16-yard gain to set up the final field goal — hurriedly called timeout with 14 seconds left in the game. It was a mistake, because the Cards wanted to wind the clock down to seven seconds before doing so, giving them a little time to spike the ball on a poor snap just in case but eating up any possible time for the Packers.
Monday, Fitzgerald sheepishly owned up to his error, saying he had made two mistakes in the game (his fumble being the other). Asked what Whisenhunt said to him, Fitzgerald quipped, “He said I was an idiot and that he was going to release me after the season, so I have to go back to work and make some plays for him this week and get out of the doghouse.”
Whisenhunt said he thought the move caused a few problems. Because the plan had been to take the clock down to seven seconds, he said there may have been some confusion with kicker Neil Rackers about when he was going in to kick, or whether the Cards would still try and run another play to get it to seven seconds. “Larry threw a little kink into it,” Whisenhunt said. Fitzgerald was screaming and signaling for the timeout immediately, and then tried to take it back (as pictured below). The official who saw him was having none of it, so Whisenhunt had to adjust on the fly.
“There was delay in Neil getting there (on the field) and he rushed it and that’s why I think he missed it,” Whisenhunt said. “I’ll take the blame for that. I should have communicated better to Neil.”
Whisenhunt said players aren’t supposed to call timeouts on the field because coaches can call timeouts from the sideline, and clearly, Fitzgerald should have known the situation. Obviously, Fitzgerald isn’t going to be released. Not anymore.
“Last night if you would have asked me that, I would have said yes,” Whisenhunt said. “But I have reconsidered today.”
P.S. Whisenhunt reported no new injuries coming out of the game, and repeated that Anquan Boldin will continue to try and progress, although his status for the Saints game remains vague.
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