Whisenhunt: 'Larry is obviously not making the decisions'
Ken Whisenhunt has come up with a very careful way of saying the inmates are not running the asylum.
OK. It’s not an asylum in Arizona, but you get the point. The players are not running the personnel department and the coach made that clear after reports surfaced over the weekend that the team has sought the opinion of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald about how to go about solving the team’s not so little quarterback issue.
In fact, such chats are commonplace Whisenhunt told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
“You're very aware that we have an open-door policy," Whisenhunt said in the report. "We solicit input from players on a lot of things, game plans, plays, travel to the East Coast. Things in training camp. When I was interviewed (in 2007), they had players who were a portion of the interviews.
"Larry and I talked about a number of things. I've talked to other players as well."
Keeping Fitzgerald happy is no doubt a priority for the Cardinals. We’ve all seen what sulking wide receivers can do to an offense. That’s not an insinuation that Fitzgerald would become that kind of player. Let’s face it, though, wideouts can be high maintenance. More importantly, Fitzgerald is entering the final year of his contract constructed by agent Eugene Parker and the club needs to find a way to re-sign him or face losing him in free agency and getting a compensatory draft pick in return.
Reports indicated that Fitzgerald lobbied for Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb and Marc Bulger, who is set to become a free agent.
“Larry is obviously not making the decisions," Whisenhunt told Somers. "There's a lot of things that guys want that they don't necessarily get. That's why I have individual meetings with them to get their ideas.
"It would make sense to at least talk to some of your players."
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