Monday, December 6, 2010
Around the NFC West: Cards' QB carousel
By Mike Sando
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt isn't sure which quarterback will start against Denver in Week 14. Derek Anderson will undergo tests for a possible concussion. Max Hall expected to miss three or four weeks after suffering a dislocated left shoulder. John Skelton had taken few practice reps before finishing Arizona's 19-6 home defeat to the Rams. Whisenhunt: "We'll see how it goes this week." The team could sign Richard Bartel, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA910 radio in Phoenix. I'm not sure if the Cardinals' quarterback situation could have played out much worse this season. The team relied too heavily on unheralded rookies, and then nearly everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. It's not like keeping Matt Leinart would have saved the season. I doubt he would have handled the team's struggles very well. But it's no stretch to say Leinart would have been the best quarterback on the Cardinals' roster this season.
Also from Urban: "When Hall came in, he ended up passing three straight times despite the Cards being down just 10 points and the Cards running well. The first play, a play-action call, ended in a sack. The second play was a near-sack and an incompletion, and the third was an interception. It was an inauspicious sequence, but Whisenhunt said the Rams’ constant blitzing called for such plays. Whisenhunt: "We thought there would be easy, easy throws. One of (passes) got tipped and we missed the protection. The same play we ran to start the game (an Anderson 16-yard pass to Fitzgerald), we got the same blitz. We picked it up on the first play, we didn’t pick it up on Max’s first play."
More from Urban: Darnell Dockett showed heart Sunday.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic offers notes and thoughts following the Cardinals' seventh defeat in a row. Somers: "The Cardinals have scored one touchdown in their past three games, and that was on the last play of the blowout in Kansas City."
Also from Somers, with Bob McManaman: more postgame notes. On Larry Fitzgerald: "Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught four passes to tie Anquan Boldin as the franchise's all-time leader in receptions. Fitzgerald has 586 receptions and is still two touchdown catches short of Roy Green, who has the franchise record with 66."
Also from McManaman: Anderson wasn't available after the game Sunday.
More from Somers: Whisenhunt summed up the Cardinals' performance simply. Whisenhunt: "I thought we did some things at the start of the game that showed we have a chance to be a pretty decent team, but then, obviously, we didn't get it done at the quarterback position through the course of the game. And that really hurt us."
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says it's time for the Cardinals to start evaluating young players with an eye toward next season. Bickley: "Have you ever seen a quarterback erode over the course of a game like Anderson? The Cardinals posted 125 yards of offense in the first quarter, and by the game's end, the team still had managed only a pair of field goals. Have you ever seen a quarterback excite a defense more than the diminutive Hall? When he replaced Anderson, it was like throwing chum over the side of a boat near Seal Island. The sharks were circling in moments, and in five passes, Hall was sacked three times, intercepted once and dislocated his shoulder while recovering his own fumble."