We head into Easter weekend with not a lot happening; the scouts and many coaches headed out for a long weekend. Coach Ken Whisenhunt is out at the Masters in his hometown of Augusta. I too had part of the day and so I probably – barring breaking news or something that begs commentary – won't be blogging again until Monday.
That said, on the home page there is a look back at Larry Fitzgerald's huge playoffs. In talking to Fitz, there was a couple of things he said that caught my attention, including this gem: "There are so many facets I can improve upon. I took minor steps last year."
One of those steps, he said, was raising his game as a leader, admitting that in previous seasons "I did kind of sit back and do my job."
"I realize at times, people around you need to know how important (the game) is to you," Fitzgerald said. "There were times in the playoffs when I expressed that and guys were able to see that."
Fitzgerald said a couple of veteran teammates had come to him during the postseason, impressing upon him that "Guys look up to you -- You might not see it, you might not recognize it, but people watch you, they watch what you are doing, they watch what you say, the young guys. Sometimes it's all it takes to motivate."
Fitzgerald said he never did anything out of character or overboard, but he did voice his opinion to his teammates more – a crucial step, in my opinion. Having watched Fitz since he arrived in the league, he has indeed grown into more of an integral role within the framework of the team.
"I am 25 now," said Fitzgerald, who will turn 26 Aug. 31. "I am going into my sixth year. In terms of my age I am still relatively young, but I have a lot of game experience. I have played a lot of football. I think I have come to that point."
I asked if that meant he was a grizzled vet. It drew a smile. "Nah. I'm not grizzled. That's Kurt. I have to have grays in my beard for that."