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QBs, Turnovers, and Coaching Blunders Plague Cards

Deciding whether Hall or Anderson will start at quarterback on Sunday is just one of the issues Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinals must sort out to stop their season from running off the rails

Talk about stating the obvious.  It’s just too bad that the answers aren’t as obvious.  Apparently, Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t have the answers either.  Darren Urban reports that “Coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn’t making any quarterback announcements the day after his team fell to the Buccaneers, 38-35.  He wanted to watch video with players and mull who might be the best choice this weekend in Minnesota.”  Eventually Whiz is going to have to send a quarterback onto the field, though.  Neither option is that appealing.

Against the Buccaneers, Derek Anderson played well right up until he threw the game away.  He finished the game 16/24 for 234 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs.  Not considering the game ending interception, it was clearly Anderson’s best effort since Week 1 and it was the first time a Cardinals’ quarterback approached a passer rating of 80.0 this season.  It’s unclear whether the effort was enough to give Anderson another shot as the starter this week against Minnesota.

During Whisenhunt’s Monday press conference, the head coach refused to answer questions about Anderson’s decision to throw to Fitzgerald, which of course lead to the interception, because it would be “counterproductive…If you analyze every decision a quarterback makes in a game, there’s going to be a lot you question or ones that were great decisions,” Whisenhunt explained.  That honestly sounds ridiculous to me.  I’d absolutely question Anderson about throwing into double coverage with the game on the line and a field goal in place.  I’d also ask Anderson why he didn’t even go through his reads on the play.  If he had, he would presumably have seen an uncovered Early Doucet.  Whisenhunt’s comment, therefore, seems like a tacit admission of Anderson’s failures as a quarterback in the “What are we going to do with him?” so of way.

Other than the quarterback issue, the number one concern around the Cardinals’ camp seemed to be mistakes, specifically turnovers.  Arizona has turned the ball over 16 times in seven games, which is good for 2.3 turnovers per game.  Clearly these mistakes must be corrected.  The head coach, however, has made plenty of mistakes himself, which I covered in the Week 8 Recap.  What’s worse, though, is that no one seems to be challenging Whisenhunt’s decision-making.  Maybe Arizona should have looked into an offensive coordinator; just a thought.

Stay tuned for the weekly Wednesday game preview tomorrow.

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