QB Derek Anderson Now Infecting the Arizona Cardinals Organization

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson passes during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on August 28, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via NewscomThere are times when I want to contact someone within the Arizona Cardinals organization and say, “Don’t fall into the trap! This is Derek Anderson we’re talking about here!” But that’s just because I like the Cardinals. Other times – which is most of the time – I’m perfectly willing to sit back and get ready for the implosion that will ensue.

Anderson was the starter in the Cardinals’ preseason game against the Chicago Bears last Saturday, which was a 14-9 win for the Cards. The former Browns quarterback completed 7 of 12 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, giving him a quarterback rating of 111.1. Anderson was given the starting role after Matt Leinart was underwhelming at the position, earning him a demotion and paving the way for Anderson to attempt to destroy the Arizona Cardinals.

Browns fans have seen this before from Anderson. He shows initial glimpses of promise, especially in situations with little to no pressure, and begins to endear himself to fans by providing a spark to an offense with his cannon arm. The spark, however, does not last. It is soon doused by poor decisions, which includes interceptions and an inability to put a soft touch on short passes.

Sure, Anderson was a Pro Bowler in 2007, but much of that success was achieved in the first half of that season. He rode that success through a disappointing second half that saw the Browns lose important games to the Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals that helped put an end to the team’s playoff chances. While no loss can be pinned on one player, the quarterback does inherit more criticism than most, and Anderson had plenty of issues.

Through three preseason games, the Browns are enjoying reliable play from the position in the form of Jake Delhomme. Should he falter during the regular season, it’s at least better than being strung along by Anderson. He could very well go on to do big things in Arizona, but Cardinals fans shouldn’t count on it. And for once, Cleveland fans will be the ones who can finally sit back and feel bad for another team.

Topics: Cleveland Browns, Jake Delhomme, Preseason, Quarterbacks

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  • Bernie Dawkins

    It kind of makes you wonder just how bad Matt Leinart is?

  • Hamfist

    I’ve said it all along: after game 7 other teams had GAME FILM on Anderson.. A lot of fans want to blame others on the team, coaches, game plans, etc. But it was simply the other teams watched the film, learned his ‘tells” and exploited them.

  • Gary Miljour

    I have to agree with you. I am a season ticket holder of the AZ Cardinals, and our bandwagon fans are willing to run out Leinart before he was given a chance. I feel that Anderson will get the starting job, Leinart will ask for a trade or be released and we will be left with Anderson and 2 rookie QB’s. If Anderson does not live up to the hype which I think he will not, it could be a very disappointing season for the AZ Cardinals. I personally blame the AZ Cardinal GM for not going out in the off season and getting a franchise type quarterback. I like your insight and I am not sold on Anderson. Not a huge Leinart fan either, but at least if they started him, we would then have Anderson as a back up potential, now we will not have that option. At least that is the way I see this situation playing out.

  • Tularockstar

    I can’t say that I was impressed with both Leinart or Anderson–just yet. I think both Max Hall and Skelton did real well, and will do well if given the chance in regular season. I agree about Anderson, as how he imploded with Cleveland as the QB. I never saw a guy gotten picked off more in a game, other than Jay Cutler. He scares me.

  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    Gary – welcome to the world of QB competitions. They NEVER help the Team in the long run. Leinart should be declared the starter, period. Done. Anderson will stay as the back-up. The other way around, Leinart will be traded – guaranteed.

    Quarterback ratings are only legitimate statistics when the pass attempt numbers are high enough to reasonably assess – 12 attempts, most of them very short yardage, are not enough.

    The Cardinals are desperate to replace Kurt. Anderson is a new face who appears fresh in the huddle. But all he has is that, and a strong arm.

    Just as I hate players like Braylon who feel the need to consistently bash and taunt their former teams, I loathe those who wish failure for former Browns who have moved on to new squads. I wish Derek nothing but success. I also wish I could win the lottery tonight. The latter has a greater chance of happening.

  • Gary Miljour

    Clayton- I agree, if the Cardinals are smart, they will start Leinart. I feel Anderson, is like a new shiny penny to this organization, or hope for gain. I also wonder if the $$$$ factor is going to be a play in the decision. I would rather take a quarterback who wants to play it a little safe then a dangerous cannon. My vote is with Matt. I also want the Cardinals to do well, but I think DA is just too big of a risk.

  • http://twitter.com/JimmyCTown Jimmy Weinland

    Even if Anderson has a good season, I am just so happy this isn’t an issue for the Browns anymore. The back and forth, the wondering if one guy is better than the other. Seeing one guy play good one week, then bad, then the next guy playing good, then bad.

    DA’s actually in a better spot too. The Cardinals play in a weak division, Rams and Seahawks for 4 games, plus they play in warm weather most of the time. The 49ers have a pretty good D, but they’re no 2007-2009 Ravens or Steelers.

    Even still, the Cardinals needed to give Leinart a whole season to learn on the job and make mistakes, now he can’t do that. Regardless of how well DA plays, he is a cancer.

  • http://www.verticalmeasures.com ArnieK

    I live in Phoenix and totally agree with Clayton. Name your starter, stick with him, and give him a legit shot. Unfortunately bringing in Anderson only deflated Leinart. His body language shows it. Now it is time to trade or one of them.

  • alan

    Anderson lost his supporting cast in a big way, and on top of it he is made for an offense that goes downfield, not one that dinks and dunks (but on top of this, of course, post-Winslow we didn’t even had a tight end that could hit the ball when it hit him in the chest–I still remember that). I wish Anderson well, and think he could do well in that schema and with that talent around him. He wasn’t going to fit in the dink and dunk, and there wasn’t enough talent around him last year to spit at: or, I take it back, there *was* but it is uncouth to spit.

  • http://dawgpounddaily.com Steve DiMatteo

    And now the worst part is that Matt Leinart is most likely going to be traded. Wouldn’t it make more sense to still have two viable quarterbacks on the roster? Not only is Leinart getting a raw deal, and if he gets traded, it will just feel like a brash decision.