Tag:Derek Anderson tirade
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:47 pm

Derek Anderson apologizes for postgame tirade

Posted by Will Brinson

Derek Anderson went b-a-n-a-n-a-s in the postgame press conference Monday, after the Cardinals got demolished by San Francisco in primetime.

He was upset that Jon Gruden caught him laughing, and more upset that Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic kept asking him why he was laughing on the sideline. On Wednesday, he apologized.

"I'd like to apologize for my actions after the game," There's a more professional manner I could have handled that. I wasn't raised that way. My mom and my dad didn't raise me to act like that in times of adversity. I obviously was very frustrated by what happened during the game and I let the emotions get the best of me."

There was a TON made of Anderson's blowup -- people either rushed to Anderson's defense (how DARE a reporter question his dedication and antagonize him like that?!?) or to Somer's ("Um, Derek, you get played to play football -- if you're losing, don't smile.").

Even some famous people got in on the act. Like, say, Magic Johnson, who said would have cut Anderson for smiling like that.

And Dwight Howard, who mocked the speech following the Magic's game on Tuesday.

So, yeah, come down on it either way you want, but we can move past it now -- Anderson freaked out and probably overreacted a little bit and he's apologized, so it's time to just get ready for the next game (St. Louis at home, with a chance to get even more awkward!) and get this man a Coors Light commercial.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:55 pm

Anderson to remain starter in Arizona

Posted by Will Brinson

Derek Anderson had a little bit to say following Arizona's Monday night loss after being asked why he was smiling in the middle of a blowout.

On Tuesday, though, coach Ken Wisenhunt stuck for both he and Deuce Lutui, at whom Anderson was smiling.

"Those guys have worked hard, they want to win," Wisenhunt said, via the Arizona Republic. "I'm not going to read too much into a couple of seconds of what you see on video. I'm going to base it on what I know about those guys and their demeanor and their approach."

That's a pretty fair assessment -- even if Anderson did FLIP OUT and scream at Kent Somers, it's not like smiling on the football field, even amid a nasty public beatdown, is worth cutting someone and moving on, provided they're at least trying.

Anyway, some good news: Anderson's shoddy performance Monday (15/35, 196 yards, no TDs, one pick) won't cost him his job according to Coach Ken Wisenhunt on Tuesday.

Wisenhunt indicated that Anderson gives the Cardinals the "best chance to win" and while that's debatable given his level of play, it's at least excusable because the other options involve throwing either John Skelton or Max Hall under the bus.

The Cardinals are probably out of contention (though not technically) and risking the development of those guys when Anderson's available just seems like a silly proposition. So in good news -- five more weeks of really awkward postgame interviews!

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:46 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 1:23 am

Derek Anderson tirade is all kinds of funny

Posted by Will Brinson

Late on Monday night, amid an embarrassing loss to San Francisco, Derek Anderson got caught laughing with lineman Deuce Lutui. In his postgame press conference, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic asked him why he was laughing (and Somers actually tweeted about asking him before the presser). Anderson's response was straight out of a Coors Light commercial and we've got video. 

Here's the transcription for those that are curious:
"It wasn't funny. I wasn't laughing about anything ... Okay, that's fine. That's fine. That's fine. That's fine. That's fine. I'm not laughing about it -- you think this is funny, I take this f----- serious. Real serious. I put my heart and soul into this s--- every single week. I'm just telling you what I do right now what I do every single week! Every single week I put my freaking heart and soul into this! I study my a-- off! I don't go out there and laugh! It's not funny. Nothing's funny to me. I don't want to go out there and get embarrassed in front of everybody. I'm telling you right now -- Deuce and I were talking!"
Somers then tried to ask another question and Anderson just yelled "I'm done!" and stormed away from the podium.
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