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John Skelton Makes Debut for Cardinals Replacing Max Hall, Derek Anderson

The way the Cardinals went through quarterbacks Sunday against the Rams, you would have thought they were working guys out at the combine. Arizona let “You think this is funny?!” quarterback Derek Anderson start the game. He proceeded to play like Derek Anderson and go 7/20 for 93 yards and an interception. Apparently losing six games in a row wasn’t enough for coach Ken Whisenhunt to decide Anderson wasn’t the right man for the job, but going 7/20 did the trick.

The Cardinals turned to Max Hall for their 3rd drive of the 3rd quarter. The undrafted rookie quarterback was intercepted on his second pass attempt and then got knocked out of the game on his next drive. Hall was sacked and seemed to get his hand hurt on the play and was replaced by another rookie, John Skelton.

Skelton, a 6’6″ 240lb rookie 5th round pick, showed immediate promise completing a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The Fordham product went 3/6 for 45 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive. Anderson was already close to losing his job as Arizona’s starter and you have to figure the Cardinals know they can’t win with him. Max Hall certainly isn’t a better option to win games, but the Cardinals may turn to Skelton to see what he can do. At this point you have to figure the Cardinals actually would have been better off keeping Matt Leinart — they are a serious mess.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Dwight Howard Makes Fun of Derek Anderson’s Rant (Video)

Poor Derek Anderson.  Not only is he the quarterback of a 3-8 team and a guy who had to answer questions about smiling while he team was getting smacked around — he’s now the center of jokes across the sporting world.  Following a 90-79 Magic win over the Pistons on Tuesday night, Dwight Howard decided to have a little fun at Anderson’s expense.  Check out the video of Dwight Howard making fun of Derek Anderson, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel:

If Dwight wasn’t about 7 feet tall, 265 pounds, and one of the strongest guys in the NBA, I’d say Anderson should call him out.

Derek Anderson Tirade Video Dropping S-Bombs on Kent Somers After Loss

Following Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers on twitter, you could tell he had something brewing for the postgame press conference on Monday night. The Cardinals got spanked at home 27-6, losing their 6th straight game. Quarterback Derek Anderson was his typical below average self, going 16/35 for 196 yards and an interception. Making matters even more frustrating for Arizona fans was Anderson getting caught on camera smiling on the bench late in the game. Jon Gruden ripped Anderson for showing positive emotions while his team was getting crushed.

During the game, Somers tweeted “Anderson is back in after yucking it up on the sideline with Deuce Lutui. will have to find out what was funny with 6th consecutive loss.” Well Somers was a man of his word, asking Anderson that exact question in the postgame news conference. Anderson was busted and did not react well. Here’s the Derek Anderson tirade video as he dropped several s-bombs on Somers:

Normally I don’t like reporters who try raking up the muck, but Somers was right on point with his questions. The Cardinals were getting killed on national television and have been embarrassing themselves all season. The line of questioning was within reason and Anderson needs to realize in addition to playing better, he needs to act the part of a professional quarterback. So far he’s 0-for-2.

Cardinals Don’t Seem Comfortable With Quarterback Situation

As we inch closer and closer to training camp and NFL rosters start shaping up, we get a better sense of teams’ needs — or at least their perceptions of their needs.  At this point in the off-season, it would appear the Arizona Cardinals aren’t exactly feeling confident with the quarterbacks they currently have on their depth chart.  Matt Leinart’s motivation is questionable, and he was terrible in place of Kurt Warner last season with no touchdown passes and three interceptions to go along with an embarrassing passer rating of 64.6.  Leinart has never thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a season with the Cardinals, and his passer rating has never exceeded 80.2, which he finished with in 2008 after only playing in four games.  Whether or not he’s ready to take the next step remains to be seen, but thus far the former Heisman winner has an unimpressive resume.  I highly doubt his attempt at MMA training is going to get him there.

Derek Anderson — who the Cardinals signed to a two-year free agent deal in March — has been a model of inconsistency throughout his young career.  He followed an impressive 2007 — in which he threw 29 touchdown passes — with passer ratings of 66.5 and 42.1 in 2008 and 2009.  If 2007 Derek Anderson were to show up, he’d almost certainly be the starter in Arizona.  The chances of that happening seem slim at this point, and if the season started today the Cardinals would seemingly be best off flipping a coin to decide on a starter.

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Derek Anderson Crushes Browns Fans

There was no doubt that the Browns would cut Derek Anderson before paying him the $2.5 million roster bonus they owed him for the upcoming season. The only question was when. Tuesday was that day and the one-time Browns Pro Bowler wasted no time sharing his thoughts on the Browns and more specifically, their fanbase:

“The fans are ruthless and don’t deserve a winner,” Anderson wrote Tuesday in a terse e-mail when asked for a reaction to being released. “I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured.

“I know at times I wasn’t great. I hope and pray I’m playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them.”

Those are some darn strong words from D.A. and I hope and pray he never finds himself out and about in the Cleveland-area without bodyguards. Browns fans are entitled to boo Anderson for his numerous interceptions the past two seasons every bit as much as they cheered for his numerous touchdowns three years ago. The difference is what he pointed out: cheering when a player gets hurt is downright mean-spirited. The interesting part about Anderson’s comments is that they would apply to many other NFL cities so I’m sure several other quarterbacks feel the same way. For good or for bad, most other quarterbacks probably would have kept that to themselves. And as a Bengals fans, I’m not so sure I can disagree with his comments!

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D.A. blasts Browns fans [The News-Herald]

Derek Anderson Is Playing Like a Star

As much as I’ve verbally dry-humped Randy Moss, the Patriots, and a few other players this year, there’s one man to whom I’ve devoted a tremendous amount of praise. If you saw my week 10 picks, you would know that it’s none other than Browns QB Derek Anderson. A few weeks ago, I proclaimed that Derek Anderson was playing like a star this year. Naturally, I drew a few blanks from the crowd with the statement. I gave my argument, but it’s been hard to win people over. So let me just say it here for all of you: Derek Anderson right now is the third best quarterback in the league behind Manning and Brady.

Crazy, right? Sure, you could make an argument for Romo, Favre, Roethlisberger, but no, in my opinion, you would be wrong. The same player who was apparently beaten out in the preseason by Charlie effing Frye, has developed into an elite quarterback in the NFL. I’m not saying he’s going to keep it up the rest of the season, but I think it must be acknowledged that he is straight up balling right now. The Browns have become a scoring machine, and Anderson is connecting with receivers Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., and Joe Jurevicius on the regular.

My man Michael David Smith had a great article this week pointing out that the Ravens originally drafted Anderson but waived him. Clearly neither they nor the Browns realized what they had. Now I’m not anointing him as the next great NFL quarterback, but I’m comfortable saying that Brady Quinn can only aspire to be as good as Derek Anderson has played over the past two months. The Browns have the best possible problem on their hands.