Fitz: Great receiver, not great at clock work

Posted by Darren Urban on January 11, 2010 – 11:58 am

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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36 Responses to “Fitz: Great receiver, not great at clock work”

  1. By HD on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I don”t understand ,the experts over on the FOX network, get one-upped by the guy who tells the joke’s, he was the only one to pick the Cards to win. Then the boys over on ESPN can get over the fact that the Refs missed a couple alleged call’s that would have gone against that Cards. Why can’t we get any respect from these clowns???

  2. By dave c on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply


    but he (Adams) made too many mistakes …. mostly mental
    even on the last play he was saved because the ref
    missed the hand to the QB face mask

    stop playing him use Toler, etc . NEW ORLEANS IS NOT BLIND

  3. By Wampag on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hey D you think we get Q on sat?

  4. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Wampag —

    Way too early to guess.

  5. By Phil on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Whiz…I was waiting for the communication error to be recognized. I was at the game and couldn’t believe that Neil had to be told by a securty guard on the field to get out their, rush out, have no time to set up and the ball was snapped before Neil had the chance to do his ‘famous’ forward sholder roll. Should Neil have made the field goal, yes, but should he have had the time to get set up…yes.

  6. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    A instant classic of a photo!

    About as hilarious as the photo of Todd Haley screaming during the Philly-NFC Championship game last year while Bryan Robinson was acting like he was trying to focus binoculars (in response to a blown call on that kickoff before halftime)…

  7. By Steve on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    We still have 2 Pro Bowlers and an alternate in our secondary and nine-0 on the line. (DRC, A-dub and Rolle)

    We need to accept that this was a game that will never be repeated again.

    Two of the best shut down corners were playing last night and they got expossed

    The D-line was exhausted becuase we scored so fast every time. The linebackers were running all over the field in coverage and couldn’t stop to get pressure on Rodgers.

    Adams and McFadden didn’t look good but I’m not sure anyone would in that game. I hope we use it in our favor and get some hidden safety help for those guys and get a few picks out of it.

    But I am guessing we will see a 3rd or 4th round pick on some more help in the secondary again this year.

  8. By azcardsfan22 on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Are you just realizing this HD the Cards got no love last yr on their way to Super Bowl and you would be suprised if you go back to the beginning of season and see how many so called experts had them finishing behind SF in division, also do you remember on Fox show when we were 1-2 Jimmy Johnson had this big fork and said “STICK A FORK IN THEM THEY ARE DONE’….I am used to this crap and we will get no love this week from anyone so be ready for it.

  9. By tranders on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    The ball was out. The fumble would have still held up. And in the NFL, when a ball is on the ground…it seems pretty much anything goes anyway.

  10. By riwjr on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    HD, The “exports” are a waste of yours, mine and all Cardinal fan times

  11. By Mrbyte on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    i’ll take no respect and a win over respect and a loss any day.

    as for Fitz calling the TO …cut him Whis the guys a doylum 🙂

  12. By Mike"Pay Q" on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, Is the rage going to be on Wed this week with a short week? Any word yet?

  13. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Mike —

    No word yet.

  14. By CARDSFAN1178124 on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Think Nugent would have made it?! So glad it didn’t matter!

  15. By Dan Loerch on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Now that the final home game for this season is behind us, I want to take this opportunity to thank you, Darren, all of the other fine men and women in the organization, the Bidwill family, all of the coaches led by Ken Whisenhunt, and the players, every one of them. Thank you for the experiences you have given me, thank you for the fine product and passionate play. I have just one more thing to say: “Wow”!!!

  16. By Pokemon on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    No excuses for Rackers, please. If there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s choking on pressure kicks. We’re lucky last night’s was the first he’s had to try in more than two seasons.

  17. By Kenny on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply


    Little off topic, but can you post a link to Gabriel Trujillo’s call on the final play of the game? That guy’s calls are always legendary, and I’m sure last night’s was no exception. It might even surpass Wolf’s fat lady singing.

  18. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Kenny —

    I will look into that.

  19. By Patrick on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    So much fun to read after being there. LOL on Fitz’comments and Whiz’ retort. We banged on DRC’s and Dansby’shoulder pads hanging over rail in endzone at end of OT…what a blast. Back to back greatest playoff games ever: Superbowl and now this.

  20. By Erica on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone makes mistake. Larrys clocwork is just fine. The refs made alot of false calls and the idiots on FOX and ESPN are ridiculous. The same thing that can make you laugh can make you cry… LETS GO CARDINALS!

  21. By T8r on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Trujillo’s call was on 10:30 pm Sports extra show last night …fantastic, couldn’t understand a word he said but was like being at a Mexican Soccer match, I couldn’t have said it better.

    Good Luck Cardinals and bring us another heart stopper of a game this week against the Saints.

    T8r out

  22. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Does anyone have a video of Wolf signing as the fat lady? I live up in Wisconsin and missed it. Would love to see it!

  23. By Pay Dockett! on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, since its a short week will Cardinal’s underground be posted on wednesday?

  24. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Pay Dockett —

    Possibly. We’re not sure if we are recording tomorrow or Wednesday yet.

  25. By Kenny on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Ottis Anderson Fan,

    You can hear Wolf singing like the fat lady at the very end of the video highlights posted on the homepage of

  26. By Pwalker on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply


    I’m a little confused here, I didn’t understand the timeout at :14 sec either you explained that. It was still a time out, so why was Rackers late getting on the field?

  27. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Pwalker —

    Whiz made the point that, since everyone was told the clock was going to go down to 7 seconds, that’s what Rackers was watching and he was unaware circumstances changed, apparently. So when he needed to go on the field, he was apparently still waiting for the Cards to run another play.

  28. By JP on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I gotto give some love to Timmy. He played a very quiet solid game. He is a real good pass rush blocker…and if I needed to call out one play it would be picking up the 1st down on 3rd and 4 he was 1 on 1 in the flat and he beat his man. It’s a play that is hard to remember now as being outstanding but it was most definately CLUTCH!
    Another memory: THT TD reception in the NFC playoff game last year….one of the most exciting football plays I’ve ever seen.
    THT….one tough football player.
    poor Eagles….boy are we ever blessed with one of the top QBs ever playing his best!

  29. By Peter in Canada on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I agree about the Cardinals getting no respect. It was all about Rogers and his 4,000 yards and how he would out pass Warner. NOBODY out passes Warner in the post season. He’s a great quarterback and an even better man.

  30. By TucsonTim on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Does Wiz have a degree in psychology? Of course Rackers would have made that kick if only Fitz had managed the clock correctly.

  31. By georgiebird on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply


    Thought Will Davis would have had more of an impact in the game

  32. By Former Steeler Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply


    Any questions for Whiz (and, his response) about the Cards not being ready for the on-side kick?

  33. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Former Steeler Fan —

    No, the onside kick didn’t come up. It got lost in the shuffle, I supposed. Clearly, they messed up not being ready for it.

    As for the tight ends, really, I think you need to take a step back on that. I understand your point. But when Patrick is out, which is what happened the last couple games before the playoffs, they just aren’t going to throw it to Spach or Becht. And really, you can’t possibly be upset with an offense that threw for 380 yards and five touchdowns and scored 45 points.

  34. By alex u on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Toler over Adams for sure, not going to lie he’s looking even worse then Aaron Francisco out there, disgusting, same goes with Bryant Mcfadden, draft a corner in the 2nd round or get someone, though i love Q so much, we can clearly win games without him, maybe consider trading him for a D-Line and Corner and some draft picks. Jets or Washington might be interested.

  35. By TBru on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I will give Larry a pass. I like the way this one ended and think it will fire up the defense even more when the Saints go marching in.

  36. By shannon robinson on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    I’m kind of amazed we’re complaining about Mike Adams who is paid the league minimum of $450,000 a year and is pressed into playing because Ware is on IR. If we had gone out into the market to get another top of the line corner then we wouldn’t have had the money left over to sign Jeremy Bridges. If Graves hadn’t gone out and signed McFadden before the draft then the Cards would have been drafting a corner number one instead of Beannie Wells. Or I guess we could have had Green and Hood in the secondary – remember that? McFadden does a good job and Money Adams’ play won the game. Ain’t life grand? Shock those Cajuns!

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