The Arizona Cardinals begin a new stretch of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. It is after the bye week and the first game of the season with Drew Stanton starting at quarterback. He takes over for Carson Palmer, who suffered a broken arm in the team’s 33-0 loss in London to the Los Angeles Rams. Palmer’s season might be over.
While many outside the organization, especially fans, are far from excited to see Stanton start, he has filled in ably before. The Cardinals are 6-3 when Stanton starts.
But receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn’t concerned. He trusts Stanton and his ability. He also knows worrying about the quarterback position isn’t his job.
“As a player, you start worrying about who is playing right guard and who’s playing running back and who’s playing quarterback, you lose focus on what you need to be doing,” Fitzgerald told reporters Thursday. “I need to be getting open and I need to be getting separation and I need to be catching the ball when it is thrown my way.”
The Cardinals have had enough problems this season without having anyone worry about other players’ jobs. And that doesn’t seem to be happening with the team.
“You need to let professionals be professionals and do their job and you need to do yours,” he said. “I’m not worried about Drew. No one is worried about Drew. We have won with Drew and we will win again with Drew.”
Cardinals fans might not be all that excited, but Stanton’s teammates trust him and believe they can win with him at the helm.
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