Cardinals Notebook

After being used sparingly against the Chargers, RB Beanie Wells isn't a happy camper. The problems at quarterback will be difficult to overcome this year.

The main storyline coming out of Week 4 is the potential change at quarterback. Derek Anderson was benched following a dismal performance in San Diego after completing just 7 of 14 passes for 64 yards while tossing two interceptions.

Undrafted rookie Max Hall relieved Anderson in the second half, finishing 8 of 14 for 82 yards but was sacked six times. There is no clear cut starter for this week's game against the Saints and coach Ken Whisenhunt isn't expected to name one until later in the week.

When asked if he's made a decision at quarterback, Whisenhunt joked about the situation: "Yeah, I think we're going to go without one this week. I think we're going to go with all wildcat. No, actually we haven't. We have not even watched the tape with our players yet. We're going to game plan for New Orleans and then we'll make a decision that we feel like gives us the best chance as we go forward."

"You got to factor everything in, not just this one game. You got to factor in a body of work over time. There's a lot of things that are involved with this decision that effect more than just the quarterback position. It effects your team. It's not something that you just make a quick decision on. I wouldn't say that it's fair right now to know where I'm going to go with that decision."

When asked when he will name a starter: We'll let you know. I don't think I have any restrictions about when I have to do that. To be quite honest with you, I really don't think New Orleans is scared who we play there at quarterback. I don't think it really makes a factor in that. I'm not trying to do it from a strategic standpoint. I'm trying to do it out of fairness to everybody that's involved and what I thinks best for our team."

When Whisenhunt was asked if he's looking outside of the organization for help at quarterback: "That hasn't even been a thought, to be honest with you. If you guys can convince Kurt (Warner) to come back then we'll consider it."



RB Beanie Wells sparked the Cardinals' offense two weeks ago against the Raiders but received few opportunities in San Diego. Wells tallied just five carries for 19 yards as Arizona was playing from behind for most of the afternoon. Wells wasn't shy about expressing his feelings to the Arizona Republic following the 41-10 blowout loss against the Chargers.

Wells on his role on offense: "I'm not really worried about the quarterback situation. I'm worried about my situation."

"I didn't get into the game until there were four minutes left in the second quarter and I have no clue as to why. I'd like to think I'm a big part of this thing, but right now, I don't feel it."

When asked if he'll talk to Whisenhunt about the situation: "Oh, we're definitely going to have a talk."

"It's crazy. I have no clue what they're thinking upstairs. I would like to know, but hey, I'm definitely not pleased about it."



The Cardinals' defense was expected to be the strong point of the team this year but their performance has been very underwhelming so far. Arizona is allowing 388 yards and 29.5 points per game, both ranking in the bottom five of each category. The team's biggest playmakers haven't been immune to the struggles. Pro Bowl DT Darnell Dockett didn't even show up in the box score against San Diego as he failed to collect any reportable stats.



Rookie DT Dan Williams was inactive for Sunday's game in San Diego because he didn't meet his mandated weight limit. Williams, the Cardinals' first-round draft pick this year, tipped the scales at 329 pounds – two pounds heavier than the limited set by Whisenhunt and the coaching staff. In his place, DT Gabe Watson suited up for the first time this year after being inactive in the first three contests.


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