Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to make decision on future ‘shortly after’ new coach is hired
The Arizona Cardinals are in the midst of some drastic changes after another disappointing season which ended without a playoff appearance. It wasn’t that long ago that the Cardinals were considered a force to be reckoned with in the NFC, but now the team looks much different with more changes to come.
With head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer retiring, the future of the franchise hangs in the balance. Along with the need for a new head coach and a plan for the quarterback position, veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald remains uncertain about his future in the NFL and will wait until after the team has hired a new head coach what he plans to do, via ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.
“I don’t have a head coach right now so, I mean, there’s a lot going on,” the 34-year-old said. “I’m going to take some time, figure it out. Our owner and president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim are out right now interviewing head coaches.
“So, I’m interested to see what’s going to happen. I’ll make a decision shortly after, I would imagine.”
Although Fitzgerald hasn’t been able to win that elusive Super Bowl title at this point in his career, it would be safe to assume he’ll be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when the time comes. Despite being 34 and at the tail end of his career, the veteran wide receiver had another solid season in Arizona catching 109 catches for 1,156 and six touchdowns.
Fitzgerald can still produce at a high level. The longtime Cardinal was able to put up solid numbers even with a shaky quarterback situation meaning his decision may weigh heavily on whether the team can compete in what may be his final season in the NFL.
The Cardinals brass isn’t wasting any time as they have already interviewed numerous candidates to be Arians’ successor, via Weinfuss.
The Cardinals have interviewed eight candidates for their vacant head-coaching job: Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and linebackers coach Brian Flores, Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher and Falcons special-teams coach Keith Armstrong.
Only time will tell whether Fitzgerald has played his last down or if the Cardinals will have their face of the franchise back for at least one more season.