Cards bring back Maui’a

Posted by Darren Urban on September 14, 2010 – 11:50 am

The Cardinals made a roster move Tuesday, bringing back — yet again — fullback Reagan Maui’a and releasing fullback Jerome Johnson, who lasted all of a week. I’m not 100 percent sure they think Maui’a will be the answer but obviously they like him better than Johnson. The Cards didn’t start with a fullback alignment in the first game — using two tight ends instead — but Johnson did get a normal amount of fullback work in this offense (one pass thrown to him was errant and didn’t connect).

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51 Responses to “Cards bring back Maui’a”

  1. By R Robles on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Really Man Mauia’s Terrible Go Contact Dan Or Terrelle Former Cards Not Mauia Hes Slow & Cant Move Anybody I Thought He Proved That In preseason Cmon Man

  2. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Good to see him back, hopefully he can do well enough to keep him on the active roster?

  3. By nor cal cards fan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    An errant pass by DA? Never heard of such a thing…

  4. By Blair on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t you say that about half of DA’s passes?

  5. By tRiGiDy22 on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome Back Juggernaut! Go Bigred

  6. By Eric on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    How is “Errant Pass” Anderson doing this week?

  7. By nor cal cards fan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Unfortunately Urb, although i’m sure it was unintentional, u just gave DA his new nickname with this blog. He is no longer Derek Anderson. He will now be known as “Errant Anderson.”

  8. By nor cal cards fan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    But don’t get me wrong…i love his guts, leadership, and willingness to stay in the pocket and take a hit. He just can’t hit the broad side of a barn, that’s all.

  9. By Ron on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Put Herman Johnson in as fullback and let 370 lbs come at a 240 lb. linebacker. None of these fullbacks can catch out of the backfield so a body who can block is what is needed.

    The best fullback block the Cards had last yr. wsa #90 taking AJ Hawk back 5 yds against the Packers.

  10. By chad d. on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    errant anderson, hahah. man, that’s funny. he’s tough though. i think warner would have been down for the count after a third of those hits and matt would have benched himself from so much pressure

  11. By Brad ONeill on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    i like the herman idea. imagine a line backer meeting that man at full speed. sure a few might get around him but the ones that didnt would be testing the leagues concussion policy.

  12. By Eazy E on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply


  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Eazy E —

    He signed with the Eagles.

  14. By BLOOD RED on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Put Wolf in at fullback!

  15. By Jon L on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    is Byrd still available? I would rather see him back there as an H back because he is such a big target with good hands.

  16. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Jon L —

    Byrd isn’t a blocker.

  17. By BLOOD RED on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    My father worked security at training facility when cards fist came to Az.I was fortunate enough to meet wolf at the age of 14,and it not only changed my game but made me look at football in a whole new light.That man had the right mind frame for the game and still does!I will never forget when he told me and my father (He liked to hit people so hard snot bubbled out of their nose)Now that is what the cards are all about!

  18. By Don't Take Losses on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I like 90 as the fullback blocker too.

    WoW, how good were A-Dub and Baby Steve? Unimaginable games.

    Big bravo, huge admiration for what they bring to this Club.

  19. By Ccongrove on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Nor cal cards fan…actually Errant Anderson can hit the broad side of a barn with that big arm of his….he just can’t hit the door in the hay loft! A Big arm is useless if it can’t hit what it’s aiming for. Can’t be real good for Fitz’s knee to be hopping, jumping, rolling and falling all over the field. Also I seem to remember Matt being pressured and hit all the time too….maybe the QB isn’t the real problem…except for that accuracy thing Errant has going on.

  20. By NJAzCardsFan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Where is Terrell Smith now??? The Lions released him last season.

  21. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    NJAz —

    I think TSmith has moved on with life.

  22. By Eric on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I like the name Derek “Wild Thing” Anderson. But “Errant” is good also.

  23. By cody on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, why are most Cardinals fans against whoever is the starting quarterback at the time? when Warner was here, people were calling for Leinart. When Leinart was here, people were calling for Anderson. Now Andersons in and everybody wants Max Hall. why cant Cards fans just trust that Whisenhunt is doing whats best for the team?

  24. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Cody —

    RE: Fans and the QB

    Because they are fans. And there are always some fans looking for something else. Even when Warner was doing well, you had some fans who couldn’t wait for Leinart to get a shot. That’s just what fans do. It’s just easier to notice than 10 years ago because it’s easy to see on the internet.

  25. By card62 on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    All right Cardinal fans now we are getting somewhere coming up with a game plan for the coaches and nick names for the players. Good work to all.

    Good Idea Ron play Herman, Ben, and Rex at fullback to protect Errant Anderson and hopefully he can earn a new & improved nick name from us the fans. Falcons have 3 good DEs and the OLB we all liked rookie Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri. so Brown and especially Keith will need help blocking plus TE Patrick should be able to get open against Falcons to give Anderson a good target. I think the only way we lose to Falcons are turnovers and Anderson getting hit too often in the pocket.

    nor cal cards fan – Errant Anderson nice, very nice

    Okay Darren your job is to sell the coaches on the 3 new fullbacks and Patrick playing TE most of the time with a little Spach thrown in.

    Nor cal cards fan and other fans it is your job to make up Errant Anderson posters for the home opener against the Raiders. Now remember make the posters tasteful and with a positive message so we can view them during the game. Errant Anderson from worse to first in one year. Errant Anderson aim for the guys with the Cardinal on their helmets. Errant Anderson do not hit the mascots or the ball boyzzzs!!! Errant Anderson my dads a scientist and he will install a laser sighting on top of your helmet. Just some quick ideas to get you guys started on your posters

    Darren off subject but which nose tackle do you think will be inactive this week. Robinson, Williams, or Watson? I hate the NFL inactive list. Guys work so hard to make the 53 man roster and then you make I think 8 players sit every week. You explained the leagues thinking on this rule to me last year, but I hate this rule. Not good for team morale or the players confidence. Now remember sell that fullback idea..

    Go Cards beat those dirty bird Falcons.

  26. By Darren Urban on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Card62 —

    RE: This week’s inactives

    Too early. Someone could get hurt this week and change the thinking.

  27. By johnnybluenose on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    i think ron has a good idea. get an offensive lineman to play fullback. i suggested in training camp that deuce should be our fullback. why not? these guys are all quick for 10 to 15 yards and that’s all we need. this revolving door at fullback is a bit of a joke. afterall, this is the NFL not some rinkydink sandlot league.

  28. By tom birchard on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah Reagan – Represent University of Hawaii!!!!!

  29. By Agarcia on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles….not quite sure what preseason games you were watching but Maui’a did just fine. Maybe you could line up across from him & see if that changes your opinion??? 🙂

  30. By Brad ONeill on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    i think you guys are being a bit unfair to derek. the guy had decent numbers with every receiver except the rookie who just wasn’t ready for the pass and the veteran that was at 75%.

    I think we should wait until the bye week to come up with nicknames for mr. anderson.

    derek started out right on the money with his passes and they fell off after he was hit a few times and had been in for some long possessions. I think it is possible that he reverted a little to his old form when he got tired and hurt which is a very normal reaction. it takes people a bit to learn new techniques and they tend to revert back when people are under stress.

    My guess is derek will be a 65%+ thrower consistently by mid season. i think he will make up for the missed check downs with some deadly bombs down the field.

  31. By nor cal cards fan on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I’m glad a few people got a kick out of the nickname. I do want to make one thing clear though, i fully support DA as the starter over Max Hall, without a doubt. With the “Errant” reference, i was just pointing out the obvious, and that would be that DA has been an extremely inaccurate passer his whole career and that was the case again sunday vs. the Rams. This is where Quarterbacks Coach Chris Miller earns his money. If he can somehow just get DA to throw the ball with a little better accuracy, we will be going back to the playoffs. If he can’t, then we have a very long season ahead of us and we don’t make the playoffs. It really is that simple. Does everybody agree?

  32. By EricJB on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah Nor Cal I agree. I also like the nickname.

    Rex Hadnot for a blocking fullback is a great idea too. He showed he is a pretty darn good pulling guard during the preseason.

  33. By andy on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I sure you guys were joking about bringing Herman Johnson up from the practice squad to play fullback, but it would take just one series of play before his 6’8″ body gets snapped at the knees. Take those 380 lbs and put them in a 6′ frame, now we’re talking.

  34. By RogerH on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Brad Oneill,

    I agree with you on Derek. I started out thinking that Matt L should start due to what Whiz had been saying, also I didn’t think the situation was handled very well when Whiz decided to start Derek and still don’t think it was. But will support Whiz’s decision to start Derek instead and I never questioned that.

    Right now I am a little more optimistic on Derek after analyzing the whole picture on offense and seeing how Derek put forth effort and courage in trying to get the job done in spite of some obvious deficiencies and turnovers by the offense.

    I was never really in either QBs camp as I could see some problems with both of them. But I just want the Cards to win and let Whiz make the personnel decisions.

  35. By Haggis Bob on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I think if DA stumbles too much coach has to think about putting in Max. Who knows, maybe more QB drama by mid-season. DA has to get his head on good and straight, there is a line forming behind him, and they don’t look too patient…

  36. By Steve Lee on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Get Dan or Terrell, or even Wolf for FB.

  37. By NotSOfast on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Nor Cal — I agree about Errant Anderson.
    I just don’t think it will happen with DA though. Miller has had him all of training camp and the best comp. % is high 50. (Most of that against 2nd string DB.) On top of that, half the throws he completed last week were great catches made by our great WR. They were catching balls at their feet or behind them all day long. DA only really got going at the end of the game when he started to hit his check downs.
    AND We all know who was famous for hitting his check downs. He is no longer with us.
    Brad Oneill – you are for sure a glass is half full type of guy. Dreaming that DA will be at 65% by mid-season.
    I just hope that Hall is not playing by mid-season.
    DA id our only hope for making the play-offs this yr

  38. By GO BIRDS!!!!! on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    I’m telling you, by the end of this season most are gonna be in love with DA then realize… this was they guy they talked all kinds of crap about. Wiz is not a idiot. He’s not gonna take a team who was lead by one of the best QBs to play the game, a team who’s won back to back divisions, a team who went to the superbowl and made another run at it the next year… to… (deleted). He sees something in DA and out of all the QB he could have gotten, he went after him. We own the west and will continue to do so under his arm. Even if DA is average at best (which I don’t believe) will still have deep talent on the team to win games and be a threat in the post season. GO BIRDS!!!

  39. By R Robles on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    Agarcia I Watch Every Single Play & Analyze It & Krieder & Smith Are Free Agents & Can Do A Much Better Job Than Him When The Running Back Has To Push The Fullback front Its Not Good & Dropping Passes Is Even Worse Cmon GTFOH With That BS Man

  40. By Mr. Know It All on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    You spoiled brats,

    Yes Future HOF QB K Warner sure made the QB position a must see.

    The stats show that QB D Anderson is 5th in the league, that’s right.

    NFL Passing Yards

    R Player____Team Yds Att Cmp__TDs Ints Long Rating
    1 P Manning IND__433 57__40___3___0____73___109.8
    2 J Cutler CHI 372 35 23 2 1 89 108.3
    3 C Palmer CIN 345 50 34 2 1 51 92.5
    4 P Rivers SD 298 39 22 2 0 59 98.0
    5 D Anderson ARI 297 41__22___1___0____35___85.1

    and that is with a new team and system, a less than 100 percent WR L Fitz (12 incompletions, no it won’t happen twice), and a revamped O-Line that is still working to get on the same page.

    So look at the bright side. If I were QB D Anderson I would not have tried to throw that much to the hobbled WR L Fitz who by the way was getting open with a banged up knee. Take note that was Amazing Larry given em Fitz. Get the timing down and a 100pct WR L Fitz and watchout cause you still got to deal with WR Steve The Wonder B who is also ranked 5th in the league. I will buy his Jersey.

    NFL Receiving Yards
    R Player_____Team Rec Yds Avg__TDs Long
    5 S Breaston ARI__7___132 18.9 0___35

    and we still have WR S Williams. Look at his preseason stats. WR M Komar enjoyed a solid preseaon, yes he had a rough 1st game but he has great upside as well.

    NFL Receiving Yards Preseason
    Rank Player Team Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
    1 Victor Cruz NYG 15 297 19.8 4 64
    2 Matt Willis DEN 13 263 20.2 1 39
    3 Adrian Arrington NO 11 245 22.3 2 51
    4 Max Komar__ARI__12 200 16.7 1 36
    5 Deon Butler SEA 15 191 12.7 1 36
    6 S Williams ARI__11 187 17.0 1 37

    The Cards Defense is fun to watch. That bend but don’t break style is over. I mean 81 plays is a true test of endurance and they held up. That SS A Wilson is NFC Player of the Week. A blocked FG and 2 ints, that last one sealed the win. He is proving that you pay these athletes the big bucks for a reason and FS K Rhodes had that int and could have scored but 65yrds on the return was needed, that was so important also the difference once RB Tim fumblitus H put the ball on the ground forcing the defense to run enough distance that WR Steve B could catch up and make the strip of the ball and the 3 OL C Lyle S who had the game saving (maybe season saving as far as mentally) Fumble recovery and RT B Keith and LT Levi B all hustling down field.

    There goes that man breakout CB G Toler
    NFL Defensive Backs, again 5th in the league in tackles for DB’s.
    Player__Team Gm FF Tck Solo Ast
    G Toler ARI__1__1__13__13___0
    That is 13 solo tackles!!!!!!!!

    Last year if we had that many turnovers it was a loss. This team showed heart and wouldn’t accept defeat and that is a great sign of things to come.
    Cards Defense is top 10 after game 1. During preseason top 5. This year is going to be special.

    Go Cards!!!!!!!!

  41. By Mr. Know It All on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Oh yeah SS ADub had a sack to during his Monster Sunday.

  42. By Mikel AZ on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    what about quin johnson, fb from packers, the cards should trade for him!

  43. By AndyM on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, yeah, fans will be fans and there will always be detractors–especially of the quarterback. Your adjustment of putting the Re: in your replies is excellent and really helps with the flow for the reader. For the fair weather fans: the major disconnect of the Rams game for DA was with LF. Nobody’s fault; they just had not put in the time together and Larry was seriously sub-par, physically. We can, however, expect to see teams blitz until the Cardinals’ offense is able to make their opponent pay. That was one of Warner’s strengths–the ability to quickly counterpunch pressure. Until then, DA is going to take a pounding.

  44. By NotSOfast on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Mr know it all you are so Wise! I mean did you watch the game or are you looking at stats? Almost all of DA completions were check down and passes less the 10 yards in the second half. He was not putting the ball anywhere close to his WR.
    STOP with the Preseason stats. That does not make Max a great player.

    Our D is Solid and will win us more then a few games. Hopefully Whiz and coach Miller will help DA and make sure that he does not cost us too many games. I think we will make the playoffs if DA is our QB all 16 games.
    If Baltimore can win a Super Bowl with Dillfer as their QB we might be able to win with DA as our QB,

  45. By C'mon Man on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles-
    Clearly you haven’t been watching and analyzing all the games because Maui’a only had two passes thrown to him in preseason and caught both. Whiz knows what he’s doing and wants to see him perform on the main stage. He did a good job of opening up holes in the preseason and I’m glad to see him back. GO CARDS!

  46. By Agarcia on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles…I too like to watch & anaylze the games. I belive it was the preseason game v. texans where Maui’a was thrown 2 passes & CAUGHT 2 passes for 11 yds. Go back and watch the bears game where he layed a guy out and his helmet came flying off! How about v redskins where he again had good blocks & had 3 tackles on special teams. Listen to the commentary about him, they liked what they saw. Guess I wasn’t watching the same games.

  47. By Eeyore1 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Maui’a is the man. Whiz needs to let him alone and let the boy play.

  48. By Eric on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    It’s funny how Whiz specifically said that the stats didn’t matter when picking Anderson over Leinart and the only argument now for Anderson is the quality of his stats.

  49. By Mr. Know It All on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply


    What did you expect more than 300yds passing. You take what the defense gives you. You can’t throw down the field every play. Especially when the OL is having issues protecting the QB and the fumbles.

    As far as the Rookie WR’s they made the team. The Cards had other WR’s in the fold O Jones, E Gant, D Byrd who had been here for years and cut them.

    Just looking at the bright side.

    We all will see soon, the Atlanta game should answer lots of questions.

  50. By Conor on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    So many keyboard critics. An “errant” throw as it has so lovingly been dubbed, is better than an intercepted throw of which DA has none thus far. I suppose its human nature to judge that which we do not understand. Most people will never understand how fast a 4.3 forty is, let alone when a person with that speed is trying to jump your slant route. DA was getting smashed,and its amazing that none of his passes went the other way. I get that we shouldn’t have the confidence for a super bowl shuffle remake, but desensitizing and making excuses this early is a bit much. I’m going to roll the dice on getting hurt and believing in this team. Pain is a huge part of an AZ sports fans’ life. That’s made even tougher by living in Long Beach and being surrounded by 9ers fans. But they’re way better than the Lakers fans

  51. By Toadcorp on Nov 3, 2011 | Reply

    ’bout time they brought Mauia back, he was solid in the pre-season, and improved 100% from last year. If anyone noticed, when he was in the game, they made yards on the ground AND in the air….watched him closely pre-season, and couldn’t believe they let him go…..

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