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Fox on secondary: Terrance Mitchell 'earned' playing time late in Cardinals loss

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.

Via ESPN:

“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.

However, it didn’t matter who the Bears put on Fitzgerald; he was in rare form Sunday.

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.