"You have to ask the quarterback," Arians said Tuesday, via the team's official website. "(Larry) is going out for a pass every time. I don't look at that. We don't design plays for guys to get the ball. That's interceptions waiting to happen."
"But I'm not interested in anybody's numbers other than the 'Ws,' " Arians said. "Those days are long gone."
Palmer explained that he "learned some lessons" early last season about taking too many ill-advised risks by forcing the ball to his No. 1 receiver.
"You want to get him involved, but it can bite you in the butt," Palmer explained. "We weren't going to do that (Monday night)."
Whereas former Lions receiver Nate Burleson said on NFL Total Access Tuesday that Calvin Johnson can get open regardless of game-planning and double or triple coverage, Palmer's actions and Arians' attitude tell us Fitzgerald is no longer at that level, even after showing flashes of his old run-after-catch explosiveness in the preseason.