Cardinals have quarterback conundrum

The Vikings won't have a Pro Bowl quarterback to prepare for this week. In fact, they might not even know which bad option they will be facing against the Cardinals.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is contemplating another quarterback change, but this time, he might be going back in time.

Rookie Max Hall has been ineffective in three starts, and Whisenhunt is considering replacing him with Derek Anderson, who started the first four games.

The coach said Monday he had not made a decision and wanted his staff to go over video of the game with the players before a decision was made.

In his last two games, Hall has completed 12 of 32 passes for 107 yards, three interceptions and only one touchdown. He admitted Monday he's never seen such complicated defenses.

"We're not getting what we need out of the quarterback position right now," Whisenhunt said. "Obviously, you can't have two turnovers that lead to touchdowns and two other interceptions. We're going to take a hard look at it."

The problem is the coaches have been looking hard at the position, but they have few options. A free agent available at this time of year isn't going to help. The trade deadline has passed.

The only thing the Cardinals haven't tried is starting rookie John Skelton, the third quarterback. But he's behind Hall for a reason.

With a game in Minnesota this week, Whisenhunt likely will go back to Anderson, a veteran who has experience playing in noisy places.


  • Running back Tim Hightower touched the ball just twice Sunday after losing a fumble the previous week in Seattle. "It was frustrating," Hightower said. "You work hard all week, practice hard, prepare. I don't think it was something that caught me completely off guard. A competitor wants to be on the football field making plays, especially when his team is struggling out there."

  • Rookie linebacker O'Brien Schofield played in his first NFL game Sunday after being activated from the non-football injury list.

    Schofield played on special teams.

    "The game speed is definitely a lot different than practice," said Schofield, a fourth-round pick from Wisconsin. "On my first play, I kind of got a little beat on a kickoff return, and after that, I'm like, 'OK, I'm ready to go.' I got my speed up, and I think I did some good things out there."

  • Cardinals players had mixed reaction to the news that they won't be facing Randy Moss this Sunday in Minneapolis. Moss is expected to be waived by the Vikings.

    "I'm not heartbroken," safety Kerry Rhodes said.

    Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was looking forward to the matchup. "That's like playing Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. As a corner, shoot, you are always looking at that matchup. I like matchups like that; it brings the best out of you as a defender."

  • Receiver Steve Breaston had a career-high 147 yards receiving against the Bucs but wasn't celebrating afterward. "It all gets washed out in the loss," Breaston said. "You just have to win the game. That is all I really cared about."

  • OLB Clark Haggans missed last week's game with a groin injury, and he could miss this Sunday's game in Minneapolis. Will Davis would start in his place.

  • RB Tim Hightower lost his starting job to Beanie Wells and barely played Sunday against the Bucs. Hightower had one carry and one reception. He gained a total of one yard.

  • ILB Gerald Hayes could move into the starting lineup this week after playing a part-time role last week in his season debut. Hayes would play the strong side, while Paris Lenon would move to the weak side.

  • RB Beanie Wells is averaging just 2.78 yards a carry in his last three games.

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