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Larry Fitzgerald is the Peyton Manning of receivers, claims Bill Belichick

Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, Peyton Manning, Bill Belichick

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a huge fan of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. So much so, that Belichick considers Fitzgerald to be the Peyton Manning of wide receivers.

Belichick made his statement ahead of New England’s highly anticipated matchup against the Cardinals on Sunday. According to the long-serving Pats coach, he considers Fitzgerald’s football IQ as second to none:

“Larry’s a very dedicated football player, he works extremely hard,” said Belichick. “He’s very knowledgable in all phases of the game but particularly the passing game and techniques, training, fundamentals. He’s, I would say, to receivers what Peyton Manning was to quarterbacks in terms of that type of total obsession of knowing everything about the position and how to do things and convey those to his teammates.”

That’s some high praise coming from one of the best coaches in the NFL today, and in truth, something that we can easily get on board with. At 37, Fitz is no spring chicken, but he still remains to be one of the most important players on the Cardinals squad. Manning is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time, so for one to be compared to the five-time MVP is indeed some compliment — especially coming from a guy like Belichick.

Be that as it may, Belichick and the Patriots will surely have a game plan in place for Fitzgerald for Sunday’s contest. This is just one of the many narratives this compelling matchup brings forth, and on paper, we should all be treated to a great, competitive game on Sunday.