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Week 12 Preview Tomorrow, A Couple of Quotables

UPDATE: Due to Holiday time constraints, the Week 12 Preview will be posted tomorrow (11/26), rather than today.  I apologize to those who were looking forward to it today.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Since there’s an extra day in the Cardinals’ Week 12 schedule, the game preview will be posted tomorrow (11/25).  Thanksgiving is all about football anyway, right?  For today, before you start chewing on turkey and stuffing tomorrow, chew on the following.

Insinuations Begin that Fitzgerald Wants Out:

Apparently, the media interpreted Fitzgerald’s recent remarks as an indication that he’s going to leave Arizona when his contract expires after the 2011 season.  The veteran wide receiver fielded a question last Thursday regarding the Cards’ current losing streak as compared to Arizona’s dismal eight-game slide in 2006 under Denny Green.  Fitz responded by stating:

This is way worse than before.  I had never won on this level before. I have tasted the caviar now, and eating out of the garbage is not where I want to be.

Unfortunately, Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com and and the fine people at NBC hijacked Fitzgerald’s words by insinuating that Fitz will not be re-upping in Arizona.  There’s no doubt that Fitzgerald is disappointed with the way the season has turned out, but with nothing more than the above quote (and there isn’t anything more), there’s no basis for starting and circulating a rumor that Fitzgerald’s already packing his bags.  In fact, Fitz stated just a couple of weeks ago that he would like to remain in Arizona.  Like any elite player, though, Fitzgerald naturally wants to ensure that the team he plays for stays competitive.  A talent like Larry Fitzgerald wants to play for championships and rightly so.

President Michael Bidwill is Starting to Feel the Heat:

The Cards president responded to his team’s downturn by measuring admitted frustration with hope.  “I’m a fan and this is really frustrating to all of us,” Bidwill explained.  “I know the guys are working hard and we’re trying to get this thing rectified.  The good news is we’re only two games out of first, but we have to focus on getting out there on Monday (vs. the 49ers), against an NFC West opponent, and take care of business.”

As bad as the Cardinals have played, Mr. Bidwill is absolutely right.  Mathematically, Arizona is only two games out of first place, which is frankly amazing.  At some point, the Cardinals have to right the ship and start winning games if they have any hope whatsoever of winning the division.  I mean, someone has to win the division and right now it still appears that any one of the four teams that could scrape together a few wins could take it.


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