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Larry Fitzgerald interview

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm with 12 Comments »
December 5, 2012 2:09 pm

Because we ended up getting our conference call with Larry Fitzgerald at the same time as Pete Carroll’s press conference, I ended up being the only Seattle reporter there, which made for a nice one-on-one interview. If you wonder why this guy has played at the level he has for so long, some of his answers are good indicators of his competitive drive and professionalism.

Larry, how do you deal with the way things are going for the Cards? “Just be professional, this is our job, our livelihood. You gotta go out there and work hard every day and give it your best to try to get yourself out of it. I think you’ve have to have the mindset that you want to be a part of the solution not part of the problem. I just think that’s how I approach it and I think that a lot of guys on our team approach it the same way. For some reason we just haven’t been able to get it done these last eight weeks and it’s been extremely tough psychologically, mentally, physically … it’s just been grueling. We desperately need to get back on track. We’re playing for pride, we’re playing for our livelihood, for our jobs, so we have a lot at stake.”

What about the matchup with Seattle’s physical cornerbacks? (This was before I heard of Browner’s suspension kicking in) “I feel like I would be doing the secondary a disservice if I didn’t mention Marcus Trufant and Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Marcus Trufant has played in the Pro Bowl, I think Richard Sherman is going to make the Pro Bowl this year, the other three guys have already made it, and they’re all second or third year guys. This is an impressive group, the best that we’ll face all season. Anytime you face against a secondary or defense in general that’s as good as them, you want to go out there and perform against the best. I’m looking forward to the matchup. Those guys are very talented, they present a lot of challenges throughout the course of the game and they’re great competition.”

Even being out of the division chase, is there still extra motivation to play a divisional rival? “Absolutely.  You have a lot of pride. First of all, playing Seattle in Seattle … there’s nobody even a close second for difficult places to play in the NFL. It’s the most hostile, loud experience you’ll have in the NFL. You’re fighting against a lot of different things — not only a great defense, but the weather, the fans, the noise, you can’t hear yourself think. It’s a tremendous atmosphere to play in.”

About the Cards’ quarterback instability: “I don’t think it’s really our position to be worried so much about that, we have to do our job. My job is to be able to get open against press coverage and make my plays and do my job. Our quarterbacks have to make their throws, the offensive linemen have to make their blocks, when the running backs get the opportunity to get the ball they’ve got to make guys miss. That’s what it comes down to; the game is won by individual matchups. You look last week and you saw the game they won in Chicago, it’s because of plays by Sidney Rice and the extra effort of Golden Tate and those guys on defense causing turnovers. It’s about the individual matchups and guys stepping up and making plays in key moments. We have to match that intensity and turn it up a little bit.”


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  1. ryanryan says:

    boy – if there were a jersey that i would be okay with my kid wearing outside of the seahawks…it might be this guy.

  2. Even now I would trade a #1 for this guy!!

  3. Skavage says:

    What a class act. Too bad he’s in our division, it could be a real boon to trade for him just so Az could start rebuilding their offense with some linemen and a QB. But since he IS in the NCW West we know that will never happen. Would still be fun to have him, Tate, Rice and Baldwin in a 4 WR set…wow.

  4. gonefishin69690 says:

    Nice dream Skavage. I like it. Especially with RW at the helm.

  5. Cornutt says:

    Easy to hate the Cards. Hard to dislike Fitz. That dude is such an honest, hardworking, humble individual.

    That said, I will be at my first ‘Hawks game for about 5 years. Brining my wife too, which will be her first time. It’s time wreck some fools! ;)

  6. Cornutt says:

    *I got so jazzed about the game that I flat forgot to add words. :P

  7. yakimahawk says:

    Flynn for Fitz..Strait up!

  8. Ha, I’d trade a first, a third, AND Flynn…now ay AZ ever trades him, certainly not to another NFC West team, and certainly not to Seattle. The AZ Cards still are pissed at Seattle for trying to dump the ruined Kenny Easley on them in a trade, even though they ended up getting the better end of the deal when Easley failed his physical and it all came out. They also fleeced us on the Kelly Stouffer trade too, but like I said, they wont be trading with Seattle.

    Larry Fitzgerald is a shining example of professionalism and a fine role model. I love that guy, just hate that he’s wasted with such a fouled up team with no legit qb. What a classy, hardworking individual. I cant believe he mentioned Trufant, who is far past his prime. Tru has never been able to cover Fitz worth beans, not even when he was in his prime. ITs nice to hear him being respectful though, as Tru was a very good player for 6-7 years.

  9. mindnbrad says:

    A professional in every sense of the word.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I would trade Browner and Sherman straight up for this guy!

  11. I love guys like him who are hard-working, humble and smart. Among my top ten favorite players on other teams.

  12. Skavage says:

    Sheesh…I need to learn to type obviously. :)

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