Cardinals have to get Larry Fitzgerald the ball, says new OC Byron Leftwich

Larry Fitzgerald’s performance through the first seven games of the season hasn’t been impressive, but new Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich believes the veteran receiver is capable of more if the team gets him the ball.

“Larry Fitzgerald is a uniquely talented human being,” Leftwich said, per the team’s webiste. “He’ll catch everything that comes his way. We have to do a better job getting him the ball and putting him in position to make plays for us. The plays are still there in him. I don’t think he’s dead yet.”

The 35-year-old has just 26 catches for 255 yards and one touchdown this season, but Fitzgerald is being patient and knows Leftwich can’t completely change the playbook in Week 8. 

“You can’t just overhaul everything in the middle of the season,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s unfair to everybody.”

“We’re judged on numbers. Win-loss-tie, if you have a good day you have a good day. It’s not like I play offensive line where there are no stats. As a receiver, you’re never going to quit, you’re never going to lay down, because there is a catch or a touchdown that might be coming your way.”

The Cardinals recently promoted Leftwich to offensive coordinator after the team dismissed Mike McCoy a day after a blowout loss to the Broncos in Week 7. 

Arizona (1-6) will host San Francisco (1-6) on Sunday with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET.