There might not be a player in the league whose talented is wasted by his surroundings to the degree of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
But he knows his job is to catch passes, not to hire or fire or make personnel decisions.
“I keep everything in perspective,” Fitzgerald said, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “At the end of the day, I’m living a dream. I have an NFL jersey on, an Arizona Cardinals jersey, only 1500 men around the world that can say they are playing in this league. That’s an exclusive group.
“It doesn’t feel good to fall short of your goals but we still have one more game against a really good opponent. It’ll be a test of our resolve.”
When he was asked specifically about the revolving door at quarterback, and whether he wanted to see Kevin Kolb return, he chose to stay in his lane.
“You’re asking me questions above my pay grade,” Fitzgerald said. “I saw [president] Michael Bidwill, I saw [VP of player personnel] Steve Keim, I saw [general manager] Rod Graves, those guys might have some answers for you. Those are the decision-makers. I’m just a number.”
“I don’t like to play the GM game. That’s not my role.”
After one more week of a 5-10 season that included nine straight losses, there might be someone new in that role, and many others. And when or if that happens, those people will need to make it a priority to keep Fitzgerald from being such a wasted resource.