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Larry Fitzgerald has been 'more vocal' lately because he sees his window closing

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Fitz apparently sees his window closing. (US Presswire)

At the age of 28, Larry Fitzgerald is still very much a young person. And though he's still in his athletic prime, he's not necessarily a "young" football player.

He's becoming aware of this, and told Jim Rome on "The Jungle" that the notion of his window closing has "crossed his mind" and it's why he's been "a little more vocal" lately.

"Yeah, I'd be lying to you if I said that thought had not crossed my mind. I think that's really why I've been a little more vocal than I have been in the past," Fitzgerald told Rome. "I normally never said anything, just tried to lead by example. I think it's important as a veteran to let the young guys know that time is of the essence. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. I remember walking off the field after the 2008 Super Bowl loss thinking we'd be back here again, that it's only a matter of time. But that's a lot more difficult to do."

Is the Cardinals window closing? Is it even open? Well, the original window they had with Kurt Warner under center already slammed shut. This is a different team, and they've got Fitz under contract through 2018, so I'm not sure the window's even started to close just yet.

Arizona has a very good -- and very underrated -- defense and can compete. But it's hard to see them as a real champion Super Bowl contender without a legit quarterback.

And this is the problem: Fitz being vocal, depending on what you believe, is how the Cards ended up in this position. Speculation's been rampant that the receiver pushed the Cards to get both Kevin Kolb (via trade with Philly, plus a monster extension) and Michael Floyd (in the 2012 NFL Draft). The Cards have denied that speculation, of course.

Whatever, Kolb's been an outright disaster thus far with the Cardinals either way. He's 3-6 in nine starts, completing 57.7 percent of his passes and throwing just nine touchdowns to eight interceptions.

Fitz has every right to be vocal as a leader on that roster, but if it was him pushing the Cards -- either directly or indirectly -- towards their current quarterback situation, it's hard to get to upset about a window closing.

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