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Updated Nov 30, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Kurt Warner sees frustration in Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) reacts to a missed pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The 49ers won 24-3. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

The most successful years of Larry Fitzgerald's career came when Ken Whisenhunt was the head coach and Kurt Warner was throwing him the ball.

From 2007-2009, Fitzgerald caught 293 passes for 3,932 yards and 35 touchdowns.

He was dominant, gaining a reputation for being one of the league's best receivers.

Life has not been the same since Warner retired, though, with Fitzgerald's numbers slipping to the point where they are now: 11 games, 55 catches, 627 yards, four touchdowns.

Fitzgerald's struggles -- along with those of the Cardinals themselves -- have led to the Pro Bowler being visibly frustrated on the field, which is something his former quarterback has picked up on.

"I think any great player wants the ball in their hands as much as they possibly can," Warner told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday. "Yeah, I don't think there's any question Larry is used to having more success."

Warner, who is an analyst for the NFL Network, noted he thinks Fitzgerald cares more about winning than individual stats, so his mediocre start to the season was an afterthought when the Cardinals were 4-0.

"I think that's where it gets frustrating," Warner said. "Early in the year maybe he wasn't getting as many touches, but it's like 'it doesn't matter to me, we're finding ways to win and that's all that matters.'

"And then when you get into those stretches where you're not winning and you don't feel like you're able to really impact the game like you want to and like you can, that gets frustrating for any playmaker."

Fitzgerald and the Cardinals will look to both get back on track Sunday in New York against the Jets. It's the first time the teams have met since 2008, where the Cardinals lost 56-35.

Warner threw for 472 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions on the day, while Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 122 yards.


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