Against an overmatched Bears secondary Sunday, Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald had a career day as he caught eight receptions — three of which went for touchdown scores. Despite an underwhelming performance by his defense as a whole, coach John Fox said one player ‘earned’ the right to be out there.
I don’t know if it was a matter of one particular player sitting down, Fox said on Monday. We actually had the guy [Terrance Mitchell] playing for Alan Ball as well. It’s just a matter of keeping guys fresh and putting a guy in that’s earned the right to do that.
Mitchell, a former seventh-round pick, first garnered the coach’s attention in the preseason. Against the Indianapolis Colts, Mitchell came down with this difficult interception.
What a pick by Terrance Mitchell.. https://t.co/VoJucIxevw— NFL_Central (@Central_NFL) August 23, 2015
However, it didn’t matter who the Bears put on Fitzgerald; he was in rare form Sunday.
OMG Larry Fitzgerald DESTROYS Terrance Mitchell #Bears #Cardinals https://t.co/aO1XCsztuk— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) September 20, 2015
While the Bears secondary certainly needs to make some improvements, Fox wouldn’t put the blame on one group for the team’s 0-2 start. “I think as a football team we need to execute and play better and we have to coach and prepare them better.”
The Bears play the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 3.