Thursday, February 3, 2011
Fitzgerald: Bills could've won the NFC West
By Tim Graham
One of the NFC West's biggest stars professed the Buffalo Bills likely would have won that division had they been a member in 2010.
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is taking part in Super Bowl week festivities and made the media rounds Wednesday as a spokesman for Target's "School Library Makeup" program.
ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss spent some time with the five-time Pro Bowler and asked his thoughts about the New England Patriots and compared the AFC East to the NFC West, which was won by the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks.
"I think it all starts with the head coach," Fitzgerald said of Bill Belichick. "He does a fantastic job, week in and week out, keeping his guys mentally prepared to go out there and play. He's the only coach in history to have four seasons with 14 wins, and that alone speaks volumes of what he's able to accomplish, especially in that [AFC East] division.
"I think you're looking at the NFL's strongest division from top to bottom. If Buffalo played in the NFC West, they'd probably win the NFC West. That's a strong, strong division, and he's found a way to win it [eight] times. It's astonishing."
The Bills went 4-12 in the AFC East but were competitive in several of their losses, taking three playoff teams into overtime before losing.