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Fitzgerald limited to one catch, calls Belichick “best coach in history”

Larry Fitzgerald, Bill Belichick AP

The Cardinals had a great game in New England on Sunday, pulling off a big upset and improving to 2-0. But the Cardinals’ best player didn’t have such a great game.

Receiver Larry Fitzgerald was held to just one catch for four yards against the Patriots, and he said afterward that his bad stat line was a testament to the game-planning greatness of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Coach Belichick is not the best coach in history for no reason,” Fitzgerald told the Cardinals’ website. “He’s done it for a long time. He does a great job defensively. It was good to get out with a win, to be honest.”

Belichick said before the game that he thinks Fitzgerald could go down as the greatest receiver in NFL history, and it was clear that the Patriots schemed to take Fitzgerald away. It worked well, and Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he was disappointed his offense wasn’t able to get the ball in Fitzgerald’s hands more often.

“It’s unfortunate,” Whisenhunt said. “There were a couple of opportunities. Larry had one catch that was erased. The slant, we could have gotten that one, and there were a couple other ones where now you are talking about five or six catches and we’re not even having this discussion. Larry is going to have his catches. We’re certainly going to make sure we work on that.”

Fitzgerald said that he wasn’t concerned about his numbers, and if his presence helped open things up for tight end Todd Heap (who led the Cardinals with five catches for 62 yards), that’s just fine with him.

“I’ll get my opportunities,” Fitzgerald said. “When they come, I’ve got to make my plays.”

The good news for Fitzgerald is that he’ll be getting opportunities the rest of the season without having to face a Belichick-coached defense.

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36 Responses to “Fitzgerald limited to one catch, calls Belichick “best coach in history””
  1. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:44 AM

    He sure is. Just like Barry Bonds is the greatest home run hitter of all time*

  2. vikesfansteve says: Sep 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    Channeling his inner Randy Moss.

  3. walker615 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    Those two need to get a room.

  4. hookem6903 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:47 AM

    Taking away Fitzgerald so effectively is a great sign for the defense, who actually still played really well. If this was last season, Fitz would have had something like 9 catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs.

  5. redskinpotatoes says: Sep 18, 2012 10:47 AM

    Fitzgerald is a class act.

  6. kevinlone says: Sep 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    if Belichick was the best in history,his name would be on the Vince Lombardi trophy

  7. jtchernak says: Sep 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    He’s a beast but this year I hope our d continues despite this loss we are 4th in points allowed and 2nd in yards allowed right now but it’s a long season

  8. citizenstrange says: Sep 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    Chuck Noll is the greatest NFL coach in history.

  9. jae121704 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    Over/Under on years before Fitzy is a Pat?

  10. kvanhorn87 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    Looks like bill out thought himself here. Take away their best player, weaken our defense in other areas and lose the game. Brilliant!

  11. all4patriots says: Sep 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    so should we re-name the championship trophy the “Belichick-Lombardi trophy?

  12. hehateme1 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:58 AM

    Greatest WR of all time? I thought we were talking about Larry not Calvin Johnson.

  13. mrpresident50 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:59 AM

    i smell a trade to New England…?

  14. beantownyank says: Sep 18, 2012 11:06 AM

    keep your evil hands to yourself Billy!

  15. seeptermean says: Sep 18, 2012 11:13 AM

    He’s the best coach, yet they lost. They took away their best weapon, but they lost.

  16. benchrat says: Sep 18, 2012 11:20 AM

    having the greatest qb in history is more accurate.
    if i remember back, he was like any other run of the mill coach until lady luck smiled on him in the
    manner of an injury to drew bledsoe.

  17. samgreen6 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    Fitz signed an 8 year deal. He is retiring as a cardinal. I am totally fine with defenses focusing so much on Larry that it opens up everyone else. He is arguably just as valuable running around with safety tag alongs.

  18. riverace19 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    Don’t think the patriots D is why they lost… More like the inability to score touchdowns. As long as Kolb is under center Fitzgerald will have a long year.

  19. hart089 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:28 AM

    Ironic how Walsh had coaches under him that would go on to use his system and win Superbowls, yet Belichick has lost Superbowls and the coaches that leave him prove to be horrible coaches, is considered a better coach.

  20. jbcommonsense says: Sep 18, 2012 11:31 AM

    Love-fest between two greats. Fitzgerald’s ethic is just what you want in a player. He wants what is best for his team, and helping them do what it takes to win.

  21. rpmcanes says: Sep 18, 2012 11:34 AM

    We’d love to have you in New England Fitzy!

  22. packfaninpackland says: Sep 18, 2012 11:46 AM

    Look, Larry Fitzgerald is a tremendous WR.

    One of the greatest ever.

    But may I remind him WHO the Super Bowl Trophy is named after !

  23. nyjetsfan08 says: Sep 18, 2012 11:49 AM

    I’ll take Larry on my all-time fantasy team, alongside Jerry Rice, Calvin Johnson, Randy Moss, and Cris Carter.

  24. thesmartestmanever says: Sep 18, 2012 11:55 AM

    i think Belichick has a few superbowl rings on his fingers. not to mention he fell from the Parcells tree. his understudy’s kinda suck but it’s not all said and done yet

  25. vaphinfan says: Sep 18, 2012 12:00 PM

    If he was the greatest coach in history he would be able to shut fiztgerald down and win the game. Not just shut fitz down.

  26. radrntn says: Sep 18, 2012 12:01 PM

    like i have said….look at belichicks record with Tom Brady, and without Tom Brady. (winning, and losing)……i think the better arguement is if Tom Brady is the greatest QB ever……he is up there with Joe, and Johnny…..no matter what.

  27. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:02 PM

    Jerry Rice is the greatest of all time. You can’t even make an argument….

  28. myspaceyourface says: Sep 18, 2012 12:04 PM

    Could you imagine Brady to Fitz. . . Oh dear God.

  29. cylondetector says: Sep 18, 2012 12:14 PM

    Love the Whiz BS comments: “It’s unfortunate,” Whisenhunt said. “There were a couple of opportunities. Larry had one catch that was erased. The slant, we could have gotten that one, and there were a couple other ones where now you are talking about five or six catches and we’re not even having this discussion.

    The one catch that was erased WAS the slant, plus an incredibly vague “couple of other ones” – WhizWorld where 1+2 now equals 5 or 6.

    They took him away, simple as that – Cards did a great job on both sides of the ball making plays and limiting mistakes. Though to be fair, the Patriots might not play as bad on offense again this year.

  30. j0esixpack says: Sep 18, 2012 12:36 PM

    … And the sign of a very good Cardinals team is that they were able to win without Fitzgerald.

    Credit where credit is due for AZ. They won that game by besting the New England OL, despite the fumble and near loss.

  31. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:37 PM

    I’m sorry, but if I was the QB off the my couch right now, I’d find a way to get Fitz more than one catch. Even if my girlfriend was playing qb, I’d get fitz more than one touch by just saying, “ok, my gf is the qb of my nfl team. Let’s just let fitz play QB, cuz there is just no excuse for us not getting him the ball, and if our qb can’t, then he can just take it from center.”

  32. insanelomein2 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:00 PM

    hart089 says:
    Sep 18, 2012 11:28 AM
    Ironic how Walsh had coaches under him that would go on to use his system and win Superbowls, yet Belichick has lost Superbowls and the coaches that leave him prove to be horrible coaches, is considered a better coach.
    ————————————————-

    Yes but Walsh had arguably the 2 greatest players all time at their positions in Montana and Rice, not to forget Lott, Craig, etc…

    Lombardi won the most NFL championships during a time when there was at most 15 teams in the league.

    Belichick will go down as top 3 coaches of all time and very well may supplement himself as #1 if the Pats win one more SB.

  33. bkostela says: Sep 18, 2012 1:05 PM

    bill tailored his defense to take away the other teams best weapon. but he didnt assign enough attention to the other weapons, just like in the super bowl. “this is still a nicks and cruz game” he said to his defense just before the giants final drive. mario manningham then shredded the rest of the defense all the way down the field. bottom line, if brady and co. are gonna put up less than 20 points, you can pretty much put a check in the L column for new england.

  34. golfnutt67 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:16 PM

    And how many titles does this great coach have since he cant video the opposition anymore?…………yea that’s what I thought but I’m sure the blind pats fans will have some sort of excuse for him.

  35. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 18, 2012 1:36 PM

    Except when he’s facing Tom Coughlin.

    18-1

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 18, 2012 6:39 PM

    Can’t be, the guy who owns him (Coughlin) isn’t the best either. Stop it Lawrence.

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