New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is at it again.
The Patriots coach is doing his usual pre-game ritual of praising his opponents through an extraordinary amount of praise. His target this time?
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Belichick is famous fro talking up his opponent leading up to the team’s next game, only to then go out and rip them apart on the field. Belichick is great at telling everyone how talented the Patriots’ next opponent is to get the media to focus more on them, and then he leads New England on to what more often than not turns out to be a blowout.
With Arizona traveling to Gillette Stadium this Sunday, this should be no different.
But it is not stopping Belichick from hyping up Fitzgerald, who he says is one of the best the NFL has ever seen take the field.
“[Fitzgerald] does everything well. He’s a great receiver. He’ll go down as one of the all-time greats. He might end up as the best one ever, I don’t know,” Belichick said in a conference call. “You have no idea where he’s going to line up from play-to-play. He has a very big route tree. He runs all the routes … one route sets up another. It’s very hard to find him. It’s very hard to defend him.”
Belichick does have a point. Fitzgerald is extremely difficult to defend, and has earned his reputation as one of the best wide receivers in the game today. But as far as being the best receiver ever, I feel that Jerry Rice may have something to say about that.
And as good as Fitzgerald is, in my opinion, he has a long ways to go if he is going to be mentioned in the same sentence as Rice at the end of the day.
In fact, I would still rank a few players aside from Rice ahead of Fitzgerald, including – but not limited to – Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Steve Largent, Tim Brown and others.
With that being said, where would you rank Fitzgerald today? Does Belichick have a legitimate case?