Larry Fitzgerald says Cardinals offense needs to improve

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Veteran wide receiver criticizes Arizona's ground game.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald spoke bluntly about the team's offense while doing a radio interview with XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix to discuss last week's loss to the St. Louis Rams, 17-3.

Fitzgerald, Airzona's most seasoned veteran, said the team's performance – especially on offense – was "not the way we want to go out there and play." The 6'3, 220-pound wideout, who has 30 receptions for 337 yards and two touchdowns this season, also spoke about the Cardinals' lack of a run game through five games, which has made their offense one dimensional:

"There's one thing I would say that we haven't been doing well offensively, and that's getting in short, manageable third downs. You look at the good teams throughout the league – the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans – whenever they're in third down, it's third-down-and-two. So at third-down-and-two you have the ability to either run the football or throw the football. When you're sitting third-and-eight, third-and-nine, third-and-10, your options are a little bit out the window and you know that you have to throw the football at that point. So we have to do a better job at getting manageable down-and-distance, and I think running the ball effectively is only going to be a help to that."

Arizona has averaged 63.4 yards per game on the ground, which is the second-worst mark in the NFL. The only team with a worse average is the Oakland Raiders (60.8).

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