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.