Coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked point-blank if he could stick with QB Derek Anderson the way he is playing or if he needs to improve.
“Obviously I think Derek needs to improve,” Whisenhunt said. “That’s something he would tell you. I think he played a little better in the second half. He missed some plays in the first half that we have to improve on. We can’t leave them on the field. But the thing I like about Derek, he seems to make plays, especially later in the game, that are big plays for us. … We’ve got to get more consistent play out of Derek, but I think that’s a process we have to go through.”
Whiz added it is hard to have adjustments for certain plays and personnel groupings when all the receivers are on one level and Anderson is playing catch-up. What bothers Whiz is that there were “big-time plays,” plays that would have had big yardage or maybe a touchdown that the Cards missed. “When they come up in a game, you have to capitalize,” Whisenhunt said.
For example, there was the play in which Larry Fitzgerald was left in coverage with Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Had Anderson taken his time — there was little pressure — he should have been able to put some air under a throw and let Fitz go get it. But Anderson rushed himself and threw more of a line drive over Fitz’s head.
— Whisenhunt said the Cards came out of Sunday’s game in better shape health-wise than any game this season. I’d guess WR Steve Breaston still is going to be careful with the knee bruise he already had, but he played Sunday and I don’t expect him to miss the game in San Diego either.
— Whisenhunt said he is “not down” on rookie Andre Roberts as a punt returner. Roberts was hurt missing two weeks of preseason, when he would have worked more at the position. These are growing pains, Whisenhunt said, and it was “horrible’ that the defense was put in a position to make a stop and then twice have to go right back on the field after the punts hit the ground and bounced off Cardinals. Whiz even said the first one was just a fluke. The second has to be played better.
— He said the pass interference on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a good call, since they called that penalty “fairly the whole day.” “We have to know in that situation we can’t arm bar or get in hand fights with the guy going down the field,” Whisenhunt added. “I’ll say this, if they are going to throw at someone at the end of the game, I hope they throw it at Dominique.”
— The Cards may continue to roll Anderson out, since it seemed to work pretty well yesterday.
Tags: Andre Roberts, Derek Anderson, DRC, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston
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