Tag:Derek Anderson
Posted on: September 12, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Beanie Wells officially inactive for Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Beanie Wells, the Cardinals starting running back, is inactive for the team's game against the Rams on Sunday afternoon.

Wells had been considered "probably doubtful" (or some such term) for most of the week with a knee injury that's been called at times a "bruise" and at others a "sprain." Clearly the injury is worse than a "bruise" if he's being held out of the game, although the news that he won't play is hardly shocking.

It is pretty tough for the Cardinals, however, who will have to lean heavily on Tim Hightower ... or Derek Anderson. (So, yeah, Tim Hightower.)

Wells being out is also a tough blow for fantasy owners, who should have watched Fantasy Football Today (it starts at 11 AM every Sunday!) in order to figure out who to start instead of Wells.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 9:57 am
 

Leinart headed to Houston

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Matt Leinart has a new home, and once again, he’ll be a backup to another quality starter.

The much-discussed former Cardinals backup, who couldn’t beat out Derek Anderson for the starting job in Arizona, signed a one-year deal with Houston this morning, various outlets – including ESPN.com and the Houston Chronicle – are reporting.

And heck, he might not ever be the backup to Matt Schaub quite yet. Chris Mortensen of ESPN writes he’ll be the No. 3 quarterback behind Schaub and Dan Orlovsky for the time being – at least until Leinart can learn the offense.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:37 am
 

Giants don't want Leinart either

Posted by Will Brinson

The third spurning of Matt Leinart -- the Giants, who seemed like a decent fit , apparently aren't interested either -- may finally put an end to the two-day saga revolving around the ex-Trojan's inability to win the Cardinals starting job or be good enough to warrant a trade to another team.

At least until he's cut on Saturday anyway. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Giants GM Jerry Reese listened to what the Cardinals had to say re: trading Leinart, and then politely declined to continue discussions.

Basically, it boils down the Giants not wanting to give up anything in exchange for getting to pay $10 million to someone who doesn't know their offense. That's smart: by choosing not to trade for Leinart (who, bear in mind, doesn't want to be a backup) there's a pretty good chance they can always swoop him up if/when he gets cut.

And worst case, it appears they'll just avoid overpaying for a really expensive clubhouse cancer that doesn't have the talent/dedication to become a starter in the NFL.
P.S. Yes, we DID find a team who may want him after all. See: right.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:24 pm
 

Boldin unsurprised by Leinart situation

Posted by Will Brinson

If anyone has a good idea of what's going on in Arizona without being muffled by a "no comment" situation (a la Larry Fitzgerald), it's Anquan Boldin.

And he's not at all shocked by the news that Ken Wisenhunt and Matt Leinart might not get along so swell.

“Honestly no. That’s just because I’ve been there and witnessed the relationship between both Matt and Coach Whisenhunt. So I’m actually not surprised. I don’t really want to speak too much on that because it’s not my problem. If it doesn’t refer to anybody in black and purple, I really could care less.”

I love a good quote like that -- Boldin doesn't want to talk about the situation, but he'll let you at least know what the deal is.

And clearly, the "deal" = "they don't get along."

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:46 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Here's who's intererested in Leinart

Posted by Will Brinson

Update2: Kent Somers reports that the Cardinals are indeed open to trading Leinart AND guard Reggie Wells, and have been talking with teams. The Raiders, according to the Raiders, are not one of those teams, having said on their website that "Adam Schefter is once again making untrue statements." Mercy.

The Raiders axe to grind aside, it makes a LOT of sense that the Cardinals are trying to deal Leinart (and would be relatively open about their interest). After all, they only have a few days to make something happen before they're forced to either keep him or cut him; keeping him would involve either dumping one of the rookies they like or holding onto four quarterbacks.

One big problem, though, is that Leinart wants to start, and there just aren't a lot of starting spots out there.

Update: The Bills are now denying their interest in Leinart , but Schefter is also reporting that the Cards and Bills talked this summer. It's not convoluted at all.

Last night we discussed the fact that the Cardinals had placed Matt Leinart on the trading block -- now we know who's interested.

Jay Glazer writes that "several teams have confirmed" that they've chatted with the Cards -- Adam Schefter points out that the Bills, Giants and Raiders are very specific possible destinations for the former first-rounder.

All three spots make a lot of sense: Eli Manning and Jason Campbell both suffered preseason injuries, while Jim Sorgi and Bruce Gradkowski remain injured. The Bills, for their part, are being forced to start Trent Edwards again, and that's no fun.

Leinart is probably hoping -- provided he actually wants to start and play football -- that Buffalo can pull something off. There, he'd have at least a chance of starting.

The downside, naturally, is that Buffalo weather isn't exactly on par with Southern Cal, brah.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Derek Anderson to start once again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember all that squawking by Matt Leinart about how he should be the starting quarterback in Arizona and about how nobody has outplayed him and about how is he supposed to win the job when he’s not given a fair opportunity to compete? So, how did that work out for him?

Not very well, apparently.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told ESPN Radio today that Derek Anderson will start the team’s fourth and final preseason game.

Click here for a link to the podcast of the Scott Van Pelt Show.

Whisenhunt, when asked about Leinart, said the quarterback job was the toughest position on the field but that he needs a little more from the former USC standout.

“There is a certain quality that you have to have in that position and that is all part of the evaluation process. And I think, more importantly, is how your team responds to that player and how you handle that role. I’m not talking about Matt. I’m just saying I feel like he has made great progress in that area, but, for whatever reason, we have not performed the way we have needed to perform as an offense. We have not made the progress that we as a coaching staff felt that we needed to do. So it’s not so much about that person as it is about trying to find the right combination. Once again, I believe Matt can play. I’m not saying that at all. I am just trying to find the best match for our football team.”

Jeez, when he says he’s not talking about Matt, it sure sounds like he’s talking about Matt, huh?

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:17 pm
 

Leinart: 'I really want an explanation' on AZ QBs

Posted by Will Brinson

Matt Leinart should, by all accounts, be excited that he has an opportunity to take over a professional football team. Injury and poor play derailed his first chance and, worst case, he could be in Tavaris Jackson's shoes.

Actually, scratch that -- worst case is he could be given this chance and decide to make things with head coach Ken Wisenhunt personal. Which is exactly what he did with some recent comments. (No, not the ones he made last week -- he actually kept giving Wisenhunt reasons to not give him playing time after "Whiz" announced that he wasn't sure who was starting yet.)

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic , "I feel like I've outplayed the competition, training camp, preseason," Leinart said. "I think my plays speaks about that. For me, this goes beyond the football field."

Well, gee -- that's aggressive. Not aggressive, however, is choosing not to go to your coach with his problems (which he is pretty clearly airing in the press).

"No, it is what it is," Leinart said. "Like I said, I think I've done enough. I need to get better, like I said last week. But I don't know if there have been equal opportunities. Obviously, I haven't played as much as I'd like."

Darren Urban of the Cards' official blog quotes Leinart as saying, "I really want an explanation."

Here's a piece of advice: just ask.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
 
 
 
 
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