When you have a superstar receiver, the story doesn’t go away. When he is going good, the stories are about Larry Fitzgerald dominating. When he isn’t piling up the stats, there’s usually a “what’s wrong” narrative playing out.
Fitzgerald knows it’s coming. Thursday he stressed that even though big plays down the field haven’t come about, “you can’t force it,” he said. “You’ll get turnovers.”
But one thing Fitz made clear while in his weekly media scrum was that, regardless of whatever issues there have been on the offense from the line to the injuries to the quarterbacks to the running game, the lack of big plays in the pass game (and I’d assume to him in particular) aren’t because of the plays but the players.
“You get favorable looks, but you have to capitalize,” Fitzgerald said. “We’ve had favorable looks thoughout this season, no question about it. We can go back over any game and I can show you tape. We’ve had shots, from St. Louis to Seattle to Minnesota, every game. We just haven’t capitalized on them.
“It’s simple execution. When we have those looks we have to make it happen.”
Fitzgerald is still on pace for a 1,000-yard season (his 45-511-3 translates to 90-1,022-6) but certainly he’s not producing the kind of numbers he or anyone else is used to from him. His 11.4 yards a catch is far off the career-high 17.6 yards a catch he had last season.
Not that it is going to bother him. Fitzgerald was asked if the struggles was messing with his psyche at all. Fitzgerald didn’t blink.
“No,” Fitzgerald said. “I know who I am. I know what I am. That’s not going to change week to week. (Regardless) numbers-wise, that won’t change. My focus is getting it going as a whole. That’s where I am. I’ll get my plays. It’s a long season. We’ve got 16 games, 17 weeks of ball. I’ll make some shots. It hasn’t been many so far, but it’s going to happen.”
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