Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks quarterback Max Hall will improve dramatically as the season progresses. He never expected the process to go smoothly, and he's been right.
Whisenhunt has often cautioned that starting a rookie quarterback, especially an undrafted one, is fraught with pitfalls, and Hall hit one last in Seattle.
He completed just four of 16 passes for 36 yards and an interception. He was sacked once and lost a fumble, getting knocked from the game when he suffered a concussion.
"I'm excited to kind of prove I can play better than that," Hall said. "When you win, you get the credit, and when you lose, you get the blame. I definitely deserve the blame for that one. I didn't play well. I'm looking forward to fixing it."
Hall passed neurological tests Tuesday and was cleared to practice Wednesday. Barring a setback, he will start Sunday against the Buccaneers in Glendale, Ariz.
To help Hall, Whisenhunt and his offensive staff have simplified the game plan, paring it back to plays with which Hall feels comfortable. The idea is that Hall played his best in the preseason, when the playbook was razor thin.
"I think we're going to kind of simplify things a little bit," Hall said, "eliminate some of the thinking so I can just go play. The game plan we've installed so far this week is good. I like it and feel comfortable with it."
A lack of production from the quarterback position is the main reason the Cardinals rank 32nd in four offensive categories, including yardage per game. Derek Anderson played poorly to start the season, and Hall has struggled in two starts.
But Hall's teammates continue to profess a belief in him. The reasons could be varied: They are being sincere, they realize Anderson is worse, or they have placed their trust in Whisenhunt.
"It's going to happen in the league," left tackle Levi Brown said of poor performances. "My rookie year, I had a game where I gave up four sacks. You go out there and keep working hard. (Hall) is going to be fine. There is no reason for him to panic."
Cardinals Still Confident in Hall
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