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Tag:Derek Anderson
Posted on: August 29, 2010 10:32 am

Cards quarterbacks both don't look totally awful

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Before Saturday, the Cardinals didn’t have a great option at starting quarterback. Matt Leinart seemingly had lost his job – or had fallen far enough to make him even with backup Derek Anderson – and Anderson hadn’t been overly impressive in trying to take Leinart’s job from him. Basically, it was not an ideal situation for Arizona.

Then, you had Leinart making national news by complaining – though he said he wasn’t really complaining – about not getting enough snaps and about how hard he’s worked and about how he feels he’s been pretty efficient on the field.

Against the Bears on Saturday night, both quarterbacks looked pretty decent. Now, maybe there actually is a quarterback competition instead of coach Ken Whisenhunt having to choose the quarterback that sucks the least.

Anderson, who started the game, was 7 of 12 for 94 yards and a touchdown, and as the Arizona Republic points out , he provided a spark in the second quarter by converting on three third-and-long situations and throwing a 27-yard touchdown to Stephen Williams.

Leinart, meanwhile, was extremely efficient, completing 9 of 10 passes for 84 yards and a score. For the record, he still hasn’t committed a turnover in the preseason. He also looked good leading the team during a 2-minute drill late in the second half.

Predictably, Whisenhunt said he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback, though’s own Pete Prisco believes it will be Leinart’s job.

“It's a good problem to have," Whisenhunt said after the game. "(Saturday) it worked. Not necessarily because we made the change at quarterback. It was good to see us move the football, get some first downs, make some plays … I don't have to make any decisions right now.”

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 3:26 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2010 3:59 pm

Full-fledged QB controversy in Arizona

Posted by Andy Benoit

We finally have a quarterback controversy: the Cardinals are planning on starting Derek Anderson ahead of Matt Leinart against the Bears this week.

"I don't think we performed the way we want to perform on offense this preseason and we're going to look at a number of different players in different spots," Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

This is as pure as a quarterback controversy gets: Anderson will play the first quarter, then Leinart will come in for the second (and some of the third) quarter. Thus, just like this past Monday, both players will get time with the first unit.

Anderson has not been especially impressive this preseason, but Leinart has been especially unimpressive. In short, this is almost the worst case scenario that the Cardinals have been fearing.

UPDATE: There are rumors starting to pick up that Leinart could be done in Arizona. Obviously, this is just speculation at this point, but the benching is a very gloomy sign for him.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year at this time, the Browns were staring at a mess. Their quarterback choices were Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. WR Braylon Edwards would soon be on his way out of town. RB Jamal Lewis was getting old.

New head coach Eric Mangini already was facing problems within the organization. And as Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “Mike Furrey was one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Yes, Mike Furrey, the possession receiver.”

Life is different now in Berea, Ohio, though.

Jake Delhomme might only be a slight upgrade – if that – but at least the QB spot isn’t in question, though if the coaches wanted to make things interesting, they could throw in Seneca Wallace every now and again (I’m not sure what the deal is here, but Grossi also mentions third-round pick Colt McCoy needs to play well in the final two preseason games in order to make the roster). Rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have performed well in the secondary during training camp, and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season.

Of course there are still plenty of questions in Cleveland and there’s almost no chance they won’t finish last in the AFC North, but life just seems a little bit better for the Browns. At least compared to last year.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:42 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 11:43 am

Leinart's starting job is in jeopardy

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After another subpar performance in what has been a career of subpar performances, people are questioning whether Arizona QB Matt Leinart’s starting job is in jeopardy. As Andy pointed out last night, Leinart was 4 for 6 for 28 yards against the Titans on Monday, and he led his team to a trio of three-and-out possessions.

Here’s Leinart’s response, as recorded by the Arizona Republic , and it’s part obvious and part … sorta … ridiculous.

"You want to move the ball better, obviously," Leinart said. "It falls on the quarterback. … You guys critique every play and think I'm not very good because we don't move the ball. I understand it falls on the quarterback. The game plan is small. I'm not worried about it. I know I need to play better."

I like that he thinks people think he’s not very good because he’s having a tough preseason. No, people think he’s not very good because he allowed Kurt Warner – true, possibly a future Hall of Famer, but he was an old future Hall of Famer in Arizona – to take his job in the 2008 preseason and because he’s completed 57 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career.

And because if Warner wanted to play another season instead of retiring, Leinart, once again, would be relegated to the bench.

That being said, I don’t know how the Cardinals organization could give the ball to backup Derek Anderson, who was absolutely horrendous last year for a bad Cleveland Browns squad.

Listen, I know Anderson was playing in a system that didn’t highlight his strengths – mainly his big arm – but if Leinart can’t keep the starting job that was thought to be his, I’d say there’s no hope Leinart will ever be a starting quarterback in this league.

"I think we had opportunities from all of our quarterbacks to make plays tonight," Whisenhunt said after the game, intimating that his quarterbacks didn’t actually make those plays. "I'm not panicked about it. It's a process you have to go through."

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:09 pm

Is Leinart really The Guy in Arizona?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Actions speak louder than words. This in mind, should we really believe the Cardinals when they say that Matt Leinart is their starting quarterback? Yes, Leinart started against the Titans Monday night. But Derek Anderson took over early in the second quarter. The Titans starting defense played through the second quarter; more importantly, so did the Cardinals starting offense. Thus, Ken Whisenhunt was deliberately getting Anderson reps with the first unit.

In the first half (i.e. playing with and against starters), Leinart was an unimpressive 4/6 for 28 yards. He quarterbacked three three-and-outs. Anderson was 9/16 for 98 yards with a small handful of costly inaccurate throws.

What stood out no matter which quarterback was under center was how much quicker Tennessee’s defensive line was than Arizona’s remade offensive line. The Cardinals offense has a lot of work to do.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:44 pm

Jake Delhomme looks quite sharp for Browns early

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's been a running joke for interception funny-makers ever since his playoff meltdown against the Cardinals in 2008. The level of attention his failures received only increased when he joined the Cleveland Browns, an organization not exactly associated with success.

Throw the "Come on, it's the preseason!" flags at me all you want, but he looked really sharp on the Browns' first possession against the Packers Saturday night, going 6/7 for 66 yards as the Browns marched down the field before Jerome Harrison punched the ball in for Cleveland's first touchdown of 2010.

Delhomme's only incompletion was a pass intended for Brian Robiskie -- and it was only incomplete because Nick Collins made a very nice play on it. Otherwise, Delhomme spread the ball around, hitting Evan Moore and Mohamed Massaquoi twice each.

He worked once out of the gun and once out of an empty-back set (on fourth down no less) and generally looked as comfortable as he did during his heyday with the Panthers.

That's not to say that Carolina should immediately regret their decision, but based on (very) early returns, it seems like Cleveland won't regret theirs. At the very least, he's an upgrade over the Derek Anderson - Brady Quinn debacle that was 2009.

Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:31 pm

How safe is Leinart's job in Arizona?

If you haven’t had a chance to read Pete Prisco’s recent article on the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback situation, do so. Prisco asked Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt about rumors that Matt Leinart’s place ahead of newcomer Derek Anderson could be in jeopardy.

"I don't know where that came from," Whisenhunt said here Wednesday after a practice round for the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament. "That's not the case. He's the starter."
M. Leinart (US Presswire)
There, he said it.

But he also added an addendum.

"I think people say that because we have competition at every position," Whisenhunt said. "I'm not going to discount that Derek Anderson is a good football player. If he plays well, he'll have his opportunity. My expectation is that Matt will continue to improve and do the things he's been doing."
Hmm. Solid? Or not?

Leinart’s hold on the starting job is anything but solid. People forget that the Cardinals begged – BEGGED – Kurt Warner not to retire this past offseason. They even offered him a Brett Favre-like offseason schedule. Fortunately for Leinart, Anderson is a turnover machine who is easy for defenses to figure out on film. But it’s not great when your starter is the starter in part because the backup isn’t formidable.

--Andy Benoit

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