Larry Fitzgerald backs Ken Whisenhunt after 58-0 loss

Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 at 07:36 a.m.
By Kevin Patra

Larry Fitzgerald has his coach's back.
The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver doesn't believe Ken Whisenhunt should have been the one apologizing to fans after Sunday's embarrassing 58-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"I don't know why coach should be apologizing," Fitzgerald told Jim Gray, Monday night on Dial Global Radio Networks. "It's the players that were out there, put that up there. Last I remember he didn't throw any passes or catch any balls or make any tackles. Us as players should be apologizing for that performance. It was disgraceful."

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said Monday the team will not fire its coach before end of the season. Fitzgerald said he enjoys playing for Whisenhunt and isn't looking to leave Arizona.

The All-Pro receiver is in the midst of his worst statistical season since his rookie year -- 652 receiving yards through 13 games. He had just one reception on Sunday and six grabs in the Cardinals' last four games.

"It's been a rough year, not only for me, but for all of us," he said. "To start off so promising and drop nine consecutive games, it's been a difficult stretch for all of us. We're all professionals here.... A lot of guys have suffered through a tough season, but that is what makes us a team, we are going to stick together and continue to keep battling."