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Receivers struggle as part of Arizona offense woes

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012

A critical flaw for Arizona is the inability to get the ball to Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the game.

In the last two games he has four catches for 42 yards and had none in the second half against St. Louis, when the Rams outscored the Cardinals 17-0 en route to a 31-17 victory.

Rookie Ryan Lindley got his first NFL start on Sunday and completed 31 of 52 for 312 yards and no touchdowns with four interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns.

On two of the interceptions — including one brought back for a TD — Fitzgerald was open for big gains but Lindley badly underthrew him. In the previous game at Atlanta, Whisenhunt benched quarterback John Skelton when he missed a wide open Fitzgerald in the end zone.

Fitzgerald has taken pains not to criticize anyone for his situation.

"You've got to maintain your professionalism," he said. "It was like my son when we were home and eating dinner and I'm trying to get him to eat his vegetables and he's doing everything he can to not eat them. That's frustrating, but I know we're trying to do everything we can to make sure we have big plays. It's not a conscious effort that, 'We're not going to get Fitz the ball' or 'We're going to overthrow him on this one or not call his number.' We're just not executing."

One thing for certain, Fitzgerald is sick of this losing streak.

"Seven weeks, the urgency is like if you would be drowning," he told reporters on Thursday. "You ever been in the pool and you're struggling for air, how hard do you fight to get to the top? That's kind of how we all feel right now. We're struggling and fighting and doing anything we can to get to the top. If we're close enough I'll pull you down to get to the air."


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