In a way that likely underscores just how good he is, when he’s asked about Belichick’s praise, Fitzgerald declared he’s far from a finished product, as is his team.
“I have a long way to go,” he said. “We’ve only played one game this year. We were in the same position (1-0) last year and we dropped the next six. That’s something that we’ve talked about all this week; attention to detail is something that we’re really been stressing. The New England Patriots are a team that if you make a mistake against them, they will make you pay for it.”
Fitzgerald said the memory of a 47-7 loss to the Patriots in 2008 the last time they visited Foxborough lingers, despite Arizona going to the Super Bowl weeks later.
The Cardinals’ only score that day was a 78-yard catch and run by Fitzgerald, which remains the longest touchdown of his career.
As the receiver hasn’t forgotten the embarrassment and disappointment of that day, as he called it, it’s likely Belichick hasn’t forgotten that score — possibly the only negative in an otherwise dominant day.