About the Author
Recent posts by Dan Arkush
Still reeling from his team's dreadfully ugly 41-10 loss to the Chargers in Week Four, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that he wants to look at more reels of film and have more discussions behind closed doors with his staff before deciding on his starting quarterback this Sunday against the defending Super Bowl-champion Saints.
"Maybe we'll run the 'Wildcat,' " Whisenhunt said jokingly, showing that he hasn't lost his sense of humor after a debacle that would have made most grown men cry. Observers on the scene believe the Cardinals' head coach will probably decide between Derek Anderson, who was pulled from the San Diego game late in the first half, and undrafted rookie Max Hall, who fared no better than Anderson in the second half, on Wednesday, when the team has its first practice of the week.
The PFW spin
Considering the way Anderson continued to stink up the field as the starter in San Diego, one would think a switch to Hall, who is a fan favorite in the desert, is a no-brainer. A strong case can be made for the second interception that Anderson threw on Sunday — which was returned for a TD by LB Shaun Phillips, giving the Chargers a 28-7 lead before halftime — being his last pass in a starting role the rest of the season.
Anderson completed 7-of-14 passes for 64 yards with two interceptions before being replaced, which translates into a pathetic 23.2 passer rating. Earlier in the game, he continued his disturbing trend of either overthrowing or underthrowing open receivers when he overthrew a wide-open Stephen Williams, who would have scored a TD if the pass had been on the money. Anderson's first interception of the game ended a promising drive for the Cardinals, who ended up with only 124 yards of total offense. Not having two of the team's top three receivers due to injury (Steve Breaston and Early Doucet) certainly did not help Anderson's cause, but his inability to develop any kind of chemistry with star WR Larry Fitzgerald, who by the way can opt out of his contract after next season, is reason enough to turn the job over to Hall.
It could be that Whisenhunt is worried about shattering the confidence of Hall, who was sacked an ungodly six times in the second half Sunday. But the word on Hall is that he is made of strong stuff, and it says here the Cardinals don't have much to lose by making him the starter in a really weak division that the team can still win in spite of itself.
It's worth noting that the Cardinals' defense was also flat-out terrible, surrendering at least 41 points for the fourth time in the last six games. But that's fodder for another "spin" down the road, as coordinator Billy Davis' future is starting to look increasingly shaky.