As the regime changes in Arizona, the team’s most important player has spoken out.
“We all shoulder the blame for a disappointing season which began with such promise,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said, referring to the team’s 4-0 start. “A unique relationship with all of my coaches past and present is a valued life experience. I would like to thank them all, especially Coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager Rod Graves who gave me the opportunity to live my dream in the NFL.
“Even in the midst of a tumultuous season, it was still a pleasure to work with the staff we served under, and for that, we remain grateful. Their professionalism will provide for renewed accomplishments in different environs. We all, to a man, thank them and wish them the best.”
It’s classic Fitzgerald, who always says the right thing. But we can’t help but wonder what he really thinks about the situation. On one hand, Graves and to a lesser extent Whisenhunt have helped Fitzgerald become incredibly rich. On the other hand, they failed for the past three seasons to provide him with a competent quarterback.
Then again, Fitzgerald made his bed in August 2011, when he chose a long-term deal over playing out his four-year, $40 million contract and forcing his way to the open market, given that the Cardinals were contractually prevented from using the franchise tag to keep him in Arizona.
And that’s the one question to which we’d love to know the true and unvarnished answer. If Fitzgerald could go back to the moment he applied pen to paper, would he do it again?