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.