If there is one area where the Steelers will have for sure their work cut out for them next Sunday, it will be the task of covering superstar wide out Larry Fitzgerald. All that Fitzgerald did last Sunday vs the Eagles was haul in three TD’s, all in the first half. He’s a monster reason the Cards are in the big game, and he has been making plays like Randy Moss all throughout the playoffs.
“When all else fails, you can throw it up to No. 11,” Casey Hampton said. “It’s going to be tough stopping him. When that ball goes in the air, even if there are two or three guys on him, it doesn’t matter. He jumps so high, it’s hard to get as high as him and get him down. I’ve never seen anybody jump like that, maybe a young Randy Moss. That’s what he reminds me of.”
And he is the biggest key to the Cards trying to beat the Steelers. It looks like it will be to Ike Taylor to try and hold Fitzgerald in check, but look for Ike to get some help from some linebackers and safeties as well during the championship contest in coverage. Even Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau knows the threat that Fitzgerald is.
“He’s probably the best I’ve ever seen with ball skills and extension at the ball,” said LeBeau. “You know how they say basketball players play taller than they are? This guy is like 7-feet tall at the ball.”
Fitzgerald caught 96 passes for 1,431 yards and 12 TD’s in the regular season, and in the postseason has 23 grabs for 419 yards and five scores. If he gets off, it could be a long day for the Steelers and their fans next Sunday.