It’s been more than a year since receiver Anquan Boldin was traded from the Cardinals to the Ravens. While the retirement of quarterback Kurt Warner has been viewed as the biggest reason for the franchise’s slide in 2010, Kevin Kolb has arrived — but the team is still 1-4.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald seems to think the problem is the absence of another high-end wideout.
“Here’s the one small thing that everyone forgets about when Kurt was here,” Fitzgerald said, via Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic. “We had this other guy, what was his name? Oh, yeah. Anquan Boldin. I think he made a couple Pro Bowls or something. He was a decent player around these parts. I wasn’t here by myself. I had some talented guys around me.”
Fitzgerald supposedly was smiling as he said it. But plenty of strong messages are delivered without furrowed brows or gnashed teeth.
“Look at Green Bay, they have a plethora of talented guys,” Fitzgerald said. “When you have so many things teams have to worry about defensively, you’re going to get open, you’re going to get the big shots for your offense.
“Right now, teams are saying, ‘Fitzgerald is over here, we’re not going to let him beat us. We’re going to do whatever it takes to hold him down and not allow him to do that.’ In years, past, when I had ‘Q,’ even last year with Steve [Breaston], defenses approached it a little differently. There were times when I could find some [space]. Now those times are few and far between.”
That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, DeMarco Sampson, Chansi Stuckey, and Stephen Williams. And it makes us wonder whether Fitzgerald will soon be lobbying for the team to sign Terrell Owens.
It also makes us wonder why Fitzgerald signed his new contract without the team first addressing the perceived deficiencies at the position.