Coach Ken Whisenhunt said it plainly today: Derek Anderson will remain the starting quarterback. Whisenhunt said it was because Anderson gives the Cardinals the best chance to win. I know it wasn’t/isn’t what fans are looking for right now. On the subject of quarterback, Whisenhunt also made it clear that John Skelton was unlikely to play this season barring injuries that would force him to.
“You run the risk of damaging a young guy,” Whisenhunt said.
I know that’s not what a lot of people want to hear either.
Whisenhunt was also asked pointedly about how the fans are hoping to hear him say something other than that the team will just continue to work and doing what they have been doing.
“Sometimes those things are misinterpreted when you say you are going to continue to do what you’ve been doing,” Whisenhunt said. “What I mean by that is we are going to prepare like we are going to prepare and we are going to continue to have our expectations for players because that’s what I know works. As far as making changes as far as with players or with schemes, absolutely we will look at that and continue to try and put our guys in the best positions to win.
“When I talk about doing the same things we have been doing, I am talking organizationally, as far as how we prepare, how we practice. To me, it doesn’t make sense to change the time you practice or the routine, because that is not the problem. The problem is we are not performing up to expectations on game day. When that is the case, then you do have to look at changes, personnel changes, scheme changes, and those are all things we look at on a weekly basis. Hopefully we will improve.”
Whisenhunt then went on to say he understands the fans’ frustrations.
“Hey, listen — nobody likes this,” Whisenhunt said. “If people think we are content, that’s wrong. It hurts. It hurts to lose games like that, it hurts to hear our fans boo, especially with everything we have done to make some progress (the last few years). … You feel like you have worked hard to get your fans’ trust. Nothing is going to be easy in this league. We are working to try and get back to where we feel we represent our city and our fans well.
“I’m not going to sit here and ask for patience because people pay money to come watch us play and their expectations are for us to be better than what we have done. I am just telling you, there is everyone here in this organization, from top to bottom, to make sure that happens. I believe we are going to get it right.”
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