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Whisenhunt Tight-Lipped About Decision to Start Hall

Whisenhunt didn't have much to say about the reasoning to start Hall over Anderson this Sunday, but Hall displayed his usual confidence and self belief, which he will need in abundant supply

The all-time leader in wins at Brigham Young University is poised at the gate, ready to start his NFL career.  It wasn’t too long ago that he watched seven rounds and 224 selections go by during the 2010 Draft without hearing his name called.  That name, however, now appears first on the Cardinals quarterback depth chart ahead of Derek Anderson and John Skelton, who did hear his name called in the fifth round of the draft.

Aside from the obvious, that being Anderson’s terrible play, Ken Whisenhunt refused to expound on why exactly Hall was tapped over Anderson, even when the media pressed him.  Darren Urban reported on what little detail Whisenhunt would provide:

Whisenhunt said there were a ‘number of factors’ that led him to choose to go with Hall heading into Sunday’s home game against the defending Super Bowl Saints.  He didn’t want to get very specific as to why he demoted veteran Derek Anderson and went to Hall, other than ‘we were missing some things on offense,’ Whisenhunt said. ‘We just weren’t making enough plays. ‘This,’ Whisenhunt added, ‘is an opportunity to see if we can do that.'”

While Hall may be short on experience he has confidence to spare, which is something that the Cardinals players noticed immediately.  “Everyone knows about Max,” center Lyle Sendlein remarked.  “He’s a little fiery competitive guy and I am sure no one ever gave him a chance.  He is real assertive and very confident.”  That sounds like a quarterback to me.  Tim Hightower expressed similar feelings about Hall.  “As a free agent rookie, you wouldn’t know it,” Hightower said.  “He demands your respect from the time he steps in the huddle.”

Based on Whisenhunt’s comments, I suppose the hope is that Hall can be a game manager, while taking advantage of the clearly wide open opportunities when they are presented.  The latter is something that Derek Anderson proved incapable of doing time and again.  It would be surprising if the Cardinals go out and attack the Saints through the air.  If that’s the case, however, it seems Hall would not shy away from the challenge.

Here’s Whisenhunt’s press conference regarding the decision to start Hall, with some comments by Hall himself.  If anything comes across in Hall’s remarks it’s that he’s not intimidated by the situation and he believes he’s ready to lead.  At this point, you really can’t ask for more.

Other Bird Business:

  • Beanie Wells and Whisenhunt met regarding Wells’ recent comments that he wasn’t getting enough carries.  Apparently, the matter is behind the two already.  Whisenhunt expressed that he wished Wells would have come to him first, but understands that Beanie just wants to contribute.
  • It seems that there’s a small chance that wide receivers Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (groin) might play this weekend.  Whisenhunt stated that the team will know more about their status later in the week, but I don’t expect either to play considering they are facing the Saints and there’s a bye next week.  It seems it would be better not to rush them and let them have another two full weeks off.
  • Darren Urban reports that there may be a shake up in a few spots on the depth chart depending on what Ken Whisenhunt sees this week in practice.  No further detail is available yet regarding who exactly is under the microscope.
  • It’s reported that the offensive line had their best practice of the year yesterday after getting totally embarrassed by the Chargers’ defense.

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