Derek Anderson talks to his offensive line during Sunday's loss.
Ken Whisenhunt was quick with an answer about his quarterback Monday.
“I think we’re going to go without one this week,” the Cardinals’ coach joked.
Not true, of course. Who it will be against the Saints remains undecided for now. As he had said Sunday, Whisenhunt still wanted to mull the decision on whether to go with
It isn’t strategic – “To be quite honest with you, I really don’t think New Orleans is scared who we play there at quarterback,” Whisenhunt admitted – as much as deliberate. To that end, neither Anderson or Hall spoke in the open locker room session, not that there was anything new to say.
The rest of the Cardinals, however, were talking. For obvious reasons, they weren’t taking sides in the quarterback situation. Knowing there needs to be an overall improvement, however, was quickly pointed out.
“The quarterback? It’s way bigger than that, man,” running back
Whisenhunt reiterated such an “execution” sentiment. That’s why the open but incomplete bomb from Anderson to
The opening drive was another example. The Cards marched from their own 25-yard line down to the San Diego 22 efficiently, including conversions on two third downs. But then came the holding on Hightower’s touchdown run, and, on the next play, an ill-advised Anderson throw on second down that was intercepted.
“This team needs something,” injured wide receiver
Whisenhunt said the coaching staff is considering changes beyond just quarterback. That, however was clarified with the idea he does not have a problems with practice or preparation from the current starters – just that it isn’t translating to the games.
Whisenhunt also wants to tread carefully before making any moves. “I don’t want to hit the panic button,” he said. “I’m not anywhere near that point. But (changes) are something you look at.”
As for the quarterback, Whisenhunt must decide if Hall is ready to be dropped into a unit struggling all around, including the offensive line – “We didn’t play good,” guard
Someone will be the quarterback.
“It’s part of the game, I guess,” wide receiver
“I think Max would do a good job. He’s not a 23-year old rookie. He’s got a lot of poise and I think you saw it in the preseason he has a lot of fire. … But it’s Monday and coach hasn’t made any decisions yet.”
“It’s tough to be a guy on the sidelines that wants to play,” Wells said. “No discredit to Tim – Tim is a great football player – but I hate sitting there watching, I want to be contributing to the team. That’s something I am not pleased about. Obviously I can’t do anything to change that right now.”
Asked about certain short-yardage plays he was out, Wells said, “It’s crazy. I have no clue what they are thinking upstairs. I would like to know, but hey, but I am definitely not pleased about it.”