Larry Fitzgerald's father takes shots at Early Doucet

It was during Kurt Warner’s final season in 2009 that Larry Fitzgerald’s younger brother took to Twitter to register some serious complaints about the quarterback.

Fast forward to the end of the 2011 season and this time it’s the old man that is airing complaints about Arizona Cardinals players via Twitter. Larry Fitzgerald Sr., a longtime sports writer and radio host in the Twin Cities area, took some shots at Cardinals wide receiver Early Doucet via Twitter, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Here is what Fitzgerald Sr. said:

@FitzBeatSr: Early Doucet bombed this year he drops to many passes not a dependable No.2.Needs to work harder at his job.He dropped 5 TDs this year.

OK.

Somers disputes some of the information, pointing out that Andre Roberts was actually the Cardinals’ No. 2 receiver and that Doucet had greater production. STATS said Doucet has six dropped passes, a subjective statistic. Doucet has 53 receptions for 784 yards and five touchdowns – all career highs – while the Cardinals have juggled their quarterback position. Doucet fell at the end of the game Sunday in Cincinnati and missed what would have been a game-winning touchdown. It wasn’t a drop.

According to the report, Fitzgerald Sr. said that Doucet didn’t participate in workouts led by Fitzgerald Jr. during the lockout.

Our take here is it’s rarely a good idea to have family members stirring team issues. If Fitzgerald Jr. isn’t thrilled with Doucet, that’s a matter he should take up without the help of a father or a brother.

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