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Larry Fitzgerald unfazed by QB competition talk

Larry Fitzgerald AP

Kevin Kolb said that teammates were already laughing off reports that they favored John Skelton in the Cardinals quarterback derby.

But the guy who may matter most to either of the quarterbacks just shrugged it off.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s been through this before, and isn’t going to get too worked up about it yet.

Having been through the lean years when the choice was Josh McCown/Shaun King/John Navarre to the Kurt Warner/Matt Leinart debate, the Kolb/Skelton competition lacks a certain something.

“I think I was asked more when Kurt and Matt were competing,” Fitzgerald told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “This is child’s play almost.”

At least in the past, the backgrounds of the competitors made them interesting. An overpaid backup from Philadelphia and a fifth-round pick from Fordham doesn’t quite create the same buzz.

“Matt was coming in, Heisman Trophy winner, high draft pick,” Fitzgerald said. “Kurt was your Super Bowl MVP, two-time league MVP. Did he still have enough in the tank to get it done?”

“This one is different because both the guys are not household names, so to speak.”

To his credit, Fitzgerald said he didn’t have a preference if Kolb or Skelton or Somers was throwing him the ball.

“I’ve been through a couple,” he said, smiling. “I have to focus on making sure I’m accountable because no matter if you [a reporter] are throwing me the ball — it’s probably going to be in the stands somewhere — I still have to try to make some plays.”

Given the track record of quarterbacks in the desert, it’s not inconceivable that Somers might be the best bet.

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4 Responses to “Larry Fitzgerald unfazed by QB competition talk”
  1. ghjjf says: Jul 28, 2012 12:03 PM

    Unfazed cause he knows neither QB will be able to get him the ball.

  2. dealer009 says: Jul 28, 2012 12:17 PM

    After week 8 last year, the Cardinals only losses came to San Francisco and Cincinnati on the road. Skelton was 6-2.

  3. arzcardinals says: Jul 28, 2012 12:33 PM

    Fitz had 1200+ with Derek Anderson and Max Hall throwing to him one season. Last year u had Johnson ranked above Fitz…he outplayed him. Every year u put the ‘one year wonder boys’ above Fitz, but what does he do? Just keeps knocking out 1400 yard seasons. Eventually u will look back and see that Florio and the fools (in wr terms) liked the back street boys and the spice girls over the Rollig Stones.
    This year it’s Calvin J. Keep loving them. I’ll take Fitz any day any year. He doesn’t quit and performs with anyone at QB. Where others quit Larry strives.

  4. abninf says: Jul 28, 2012 2:13 PM

    I wish Jerry Jones would find a way to get him.

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