Thursday, December 13, 2012
Running back asks, 'What would Larry do?'
By Mike Sando
Quarterback problems in Arizona have helped limit Larry Fitzgerald to two receptions on 18 targets during the Cardinals' past two games.
The receptions outnumber public complaints from Fitzgerald by a 2-0 score. The receiver's professionalism through difficult circumstances has not gone unnoticed.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, speaking with reporters covering Week 15 opponent Seattle, cited Fitzerald's example in explaining why he hasn't complained about getting too few carries, including only seven during a 15-12 defeat to St. Louis last week.
"I have definitely just been trying to be professional about it and also just eyeing Larry Fitzgerald," he said. "You look at that guy and he is not complaining. They do not have the best quarterbacks over there, but he is still going out there, getting his job done and being a professional about his business. Just trying to take some tips from how he handles it."
Fitzgerald has six receptions on 37 targets over the Cardinals' past four games. If that four-game pace continues, Fitzgerald will finish the regular season with 63 receptions, his lowest total for a season since catching 58 passes as a rookie in 2004. Fitzgerald also appears likely to finish with fewer than 1,000 yards for the first time since 2006, when he missed three games.
Rookie Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback against Detroit on Sunday. He has zero touchdowns, five interceptions, nine sacks, a 42.6 NFL passer rating and 6.8 Total QBR score in four games this season. Lindley has completed 6 of 30 passes intended for Fitzgerald. The chart compares his numbers when targeting Fitzgerald to those for Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.