Larry Fitzgerald says he isn’t advising Cardinals on QB decisions


There has been plenty of talk about Kevin Kolb going to the Arizona Cardinals and you’d think no one would be more interested in the outcome of that chatter than Larry Fitzgerald.

One of, if not the, best receivers in the game, Fitzgerald had to catch passes from three different quarterbacks in 2010. The Derek Anderson-Max Hall-John Skelton-Richard Bartel stew produced very few fireworks in the passing game. They completed an eyelash more than half their passes and threw just 10 touchdowns against 19 interceptions. Fitzgerald still managed to catch 90 balls for 1137 yards, making you wonder what kind of numbers he would have gotten with better play at quarterback.

It also makes you assume that he’d have some pretty strong opinions about who should be the guy providing better play in the upcoming season. If he does, he’s keeping it to himself. Fitzgerald told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that any notion that he is advising the Cardinals about their next quarterback is false.

“There’s not truth to that at all,” Fitzgerald said in a text message. “I have no criteria. The two sides haven’t even sat down and talked. I have not talked to any coach on staff for six months. I’m like everybody else scrambling to make this season a success.”

The fact that the lockout, as Fitzgerald mentioned, shut down contact between the sides makes the idea that Fitzgerald is lobbying the team a hard one to swallow. He hasn’t sounded off publicly on the matter, although he’s worked out with Kolb and Kyle Orton this offseason so readers of tea leaves can make of it what they will.

The Cardinals do have reason to be concerned about Fitzgerald’s reaction to the next quarterback. His contract is up after the 2011 season and dissatisfaction with the direction of the team could lead Fitzgerald to seek a better partner in another town.

Somers wonders whether the team would be better off next year with a veteran like Matt Hasselbeck over an untested Kolb, but that plan has other risks. It doesn’t solve the problem going forward, sure to be a concern as Fitzgerald signs a long-term deal. Either way, Fitzgerald didn’t say anything to make the Cardinals worry that he’s already thinking about another stop.

“There are much more pressing needs for our team than me. I’m under contract. My situation will work itself out. I’m not worried about it; the team shouldn’t be, either. I want to be a Cardinal.”

16 responses to “Larry Fitzgerald says he isn’t advising Cardinals on QB decisions

  1. Of course Fitz isn’t advising them, the deal is done. According to Schefter, 100%. No need to weigh the options: Hasselbeck, Orton, Farve (ok, made that last one up), the deal is done and Kolb is a Cardinal, 100%. Just ask Schefter.

  2. Larry doesn’t give the Cards advice on hiring quarterbacks, and they don’t offer opinions on his hair style.

    But maybe both of them should open up a little.

  3. Zona would be unwise to trade DRC or a future 1st rounder for Kolb considering it’s plausible their 2012 1st rounder might be high enough to net Luck or Barkley. Who would want Kolb over a likely, legitimate franchise QB?

    Plus, if the Cards are in position to land Luck or Barkley, it would basically mean they gave away DRC for nothing.

    Personally, I’d play for the present AND the future—> sign a quality vet as a reliable stop gap and then go for gold in 2012, even if it requires trading up for the man you want rather than settling out of desperation. If Carolina drafts in the top 5, they surely won’t need Luck or Barkley, so they likely would be happy to trade out to acquire more picks. Ditto goes for Minne, Tenn, and possibly Cincy.

  4. How about trading DRC for a future 1st or 2nd to a CB hungry team…….. and then use that pick (if needed) as extra ammunition to trade up for Luck or Barkley in 2012.

    If there’s no need to trade up, you could now package this pick with your 2nd rounder to move up for Oline help to protect your rookie QB (which is more important than having DRC now that Peterson is a Card).

  5. Wow, all these options for the Cards cause they are gonna suck? LOL, a QB upgrade puts them I’m the hunt for the NFL West. And I realize you all think they are incompetent but they will address the oline and outside linebackers. Barklely and Luck are obviously head to Seattle and Washington. Besides a QB named ‘Luck’ in Arizona, that’s a recipe for disaster.

  6. if the vikes don’t sign Sid to an extended contract the larry home to MN hype will start immediately.

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