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Anderson Apologizes for Press Conference Outburst

On Wednesday (12/1), Derek Anderson spoke with the media for the first time since his Monday night press conference tirade.  As a part of his weekly media session, the quarterback took the opportunity to apologize for his role in the incident.  “OK, let’s try this in a manner that doesn’t end up on YouTube,” he began in an effort towards good humor.  Anderson continued:

I’d like to apologize for my actions after the game.  There is a more professional way I could have handled that. I wasn’t raised that way.  My Mom and Dad didn’t raise me to act like that in times of adversity. Obviously I was very frustrated by what had happened during the game, and I let the emotions get the best of me.

As far as the business playing football goes, Anderson remarked that he is “moving forward from that, and I am trying to put that in the past and focus on what we have this week, which is a big game for our team at home.”

One thing that has developed out of this incident is the revelation that Anderson has supporters on the team.  Tim Hightower, for example, explained that “people don’t realize exactly how much pressure he has on his shoulders.  For people to point the finger at him and say he’s the problem, it’s easy to point out the problem when you haven’t walked a mile in that guy’s shoes.  You have no clue the preparation that he does on a day in day out basis…I was going through the same thing when I was fumbling. … All I can do is support him.”

Assigning Blame:

Whether Anderson is primarily to blame for a Cardinals offense that ranks 31st in the league is, I suppose, a matter of debate.  There’s talent at running back and receiver to spare,  but the offensive line is terrible, which would create problems for most quarterbacks.  Even Aaron Rodgers had to adjust his game mid season due to a shaky offensive line in 2009.

To make matters worse, It’s not just one position on the line that’s a problem for Arizona.  It’s pretty much everyone, which will require Arizona to make some nifty moves in the near future to fix all the holes.  Levi Brown is not a starting tackle, let alone someone to cover a quarterback’s blind side.  It’s become pretty clear that the Jets saw the writing on the wall in Alan Faneca as he’s no where near what he used to be.  Deuce Lutui has been up and down and Brandon Keith made some progress this year, but he’s on IR after his season ending injury.  The only solid performer on the line has been Lyle Sendlein, as usual.

Problems Moving Forward:

Obviously finding a solution at quarterback is right there on the top of the list for Arizona.  The offensive line, however, also needs immediate attention.  If they don’t at least start fixing the offensive line they won’t make much progress no matter who they find to call the signals.  I doubt there are too many quarterbacks with a lightning fast release and other worldly blitz-beating, pressure foiling, defense reading capabilities lying around to compensate for a terrible line the way Warner did.  Basically, it doesn’t seem like there’s a quick fix coming for the Cardinals in the near future.  There’s just too many needs to fill, all of which were exposed in one awful season.

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