This pick has nothing to do with the star receiver’s performance Sunday; he was open far more often than not.
This is an extension of Whisenhunt’s stubborn and selfish attitude and Lindley’s inability. The team was able to muster just five first downs for the game, tied for the fewest in franchise history (per Kent Somers of AZCentral.com).
Fitzgerald hauled in a 23-yard reception on the game’s first play. It was a perfect strike from Lindley, and it appeared—based on that throw, anyway—the day would be a good one for the offense.
That was not the case, and Fitzgerald was targeted only six more times the rest of the game. Most were not even close to him.
You have to feel bad for Fitzgerald. He has been in the middle of the worst quarterback situation for the majority of his time in the league, and it’s not getting any better next week. He has had 10 different quarterbacks during his nine-year NFL career.
The team owes it to him to either get him a signal-caller who can allow him to make plays, or trade him away so he can have a shot at a Super Bowl once again. Unless the team gets their hands on a quarterback worth a damn, he will never come close to the Super Bowl without leaving the team.