Team Leader WR Larry Fitzgerald is Getting Fed Up

It's hard to ignore the fact that the Cardinals' best player is statistically having a very dissapointing season, but it's also not his fault making it all the more frustrating

Check out this story by Darren Urban over at the Cardinals’ official website.  It concerns Fitzgerald’s understandable frustration given the Cards’ offensive problems this season.

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.’

Fizgerald’s frustrations have become increasingly apparent as the weeks have progressed, but he really can’t be blamed.  He’s obviously a fierce competitor and it seems he’s much more concerned about winning than he is about his peronal accomplishments.  Fitz just seems desperate for the offense to finally have it’s breakout performance.  The defense had such a performance against the Saints and they continued their solid play the next week in Seattle.  Hopefully the offense will ignite the way the defense has this week against Tampa Bay.


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2 Responses to “Team Leader WR Larry Fitzgerald is Getting Fed Up”

  1. larry says:

    wisenhunt had to know long before the season started that he had a qb problem. He had to or should have known that the team was not responding to Leinart. He had to know that DA would not be the answer just as he wasn’t in his previous team. This predicament is truly on wisenhunt who should have been a better evaluator of talent.

    • Will Brodsky says:

      Well, yes. Whisenhunt should have known that the team would not follow Leinart and that Anderson was not the answer.

      I think it’s difficult to say how much control Whisenhunt had over the quarterback situation, though. During the weeks leading up to the 2010 Draft, Rod Graves commented that Whisenhunt is “first among equals” regarding the pecking order in making draft day decisions between the two. I guess we have to assume it’s the same regarding personnel decisions and free agent pickups.

      If that is indeed the case, I’d join you in assigning a majority of the blame to Whisenhunt because if he was adamant about getting rid of Leinart from the start, Arizona would not have trotted out three different quarterbacks by Week 4.

      If, however, Whisenhunt was seriously hamstrung by the cheap Bidwills or Rod Graves wields a secret hammer, then how much can we blame Whiz? I suppose not as much, for what it’s worth.

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