Call For Hall Came Too Late

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall made his NFL debut today in garbage time.  He entered with a little more than two minutes left in the game against the Atlanta Falcons.  I was more than happy to see what the young man from BYU could do when given the chance this season.  However, did the move come too late?

Sure Derek Anderson was struggling.  Yes Anderson had two interceptions and the offense was pretty stagnant for most of the day.  However, down 41-7 at that point in the game, only slightly more than two minutes, why throw Hall in there like that?  This game was pretty much decided by halftime.  Why not bring Hall in earlier to let him run the offense for a little while?  The Cards had nothing to lose at that point.  If Cards head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s thinking was they were still in the game, well, he was wrong.  If his thinking was he didn’t want to throw Hall into the fire that soon, but see what Hall could do running the two-minute offense, then it was the wrong move.

Hall completed his first pass to Steve Breaston.  His second pass was completed as well.  Unfortunately, he completed it to Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks.  You can’t blame Hall though in that situation.  He was asked to run a two-minute offense.  That means a lot of passing.

Now the questions will come this week.  Will it be Anderson or will it be Hall?  For me, the answer is simple.  The answer is Derek Anderson.  Anderson still hasn’t been given much time behind center to get a flow with the first team.  He didn’t get away with missed interceptions today, however I still believe he has not done enough to warrant a loss of his job to Hall.

There are several reasons why Anderson should still be the starter.  First, it’s way too early to hit any panic buttons.  Secondly, Anderson may perform better at home.  He also may have the benefit of a more balanced attack if he gets Beanie Wells back.  Wells has missed each of the first two games. Perhaps the most important fact is, the Cardinals are still going to be in first place in the division after all is said and done in week two.  The Seattle Seahawks lost.  The St. Louis Rams lost.  The San Francisco 49′ers are 0-1 heading into their Monday Night Football match up against the New Orleans Saints.

The decision should be an easy one for Whisenhunt.  It’s not Max Hall’s time yet, no matter how many of you Arizona Cardinals fans are wishing for it.  I realize there aren’t many Derek Anderson fans in this town.  Your comments and your tweets have made that fairly clear.  Right now though, there is no better option with a lot of the season still yet to be played.

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  • Ellis

    Am I missing something? How would Beanie made a difference! Hightower ran for over 100 yards and is a better pass blocker

  • Annie O’Connor

    I don’t think that there aren’t a lot of Derek Anderson fans so much as the fact that Max Hall is a local boy; related to a hometown hero (Danny White) and has a compelling story. If Anderson puts together a couple good games, people will settle down. Cards fans are now spoiled and don’t want to return to the apex of mediocrity that the Cards once were.

  • Scott Allen

    Ellis – you are missing something. Beanie brings more balance. Tim Hightower was great today and those comments about needing Beanie was more from a team perspective rather than a Tim Hightower perspective. However, we only carried the ball as a team 13 times today. 21 times last week. With Beanie in the lineup, it allows the Cards to carry the ball 30-40 times. Hightower can’t carry the ball 30-40 times a game on his own. He’s not that type of back.
    Annie – your comments do carry some validity, but people were not happy with Derek Anderson PRIOR to Max Hall being signed as a free agent after the draft. Yes, he is a good story locally. However I truly think people see what he did in the preseason and have hit the panic button way too early. He is going to be a good quarterback in this league. It is amazing how Cards fans are spoiled. Is Derek Anderson the long term answer? No, probably not, but he is the best option right now. BTW, I could care less about him being from here. I hate Mountain View LOL I went to Brophy. Also, I don’t care about Danny White – I’m a U of A guy! LOL Ok, seriously though, people need to calm down. Anderson is not Kurt Warner. We all know that. He threw 2 INT’s today, sure. However he was not the reason we lost. We might want to stop committing costly penalties that continue drives. Oh and the defense might want to learn how to stop the run. I’m just saying!

    Thanks guys for commenting!

  • Ken

    Glad to see that the Cards made the right move at QB.

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  • IDon

    Derek Anderson is horrible, Max Hall must start now, there is no sense waiting any longer, needs the experience, by mid season he will be a star, something Anderson will never be, just wasting your time and season starting him, only to get benched when? when your out of the playoff race? stupid!

  • jwimmer2

    IDon is 100,000 % correct. If you’re waiting around to see if DA improves, you’ll burn out your patience batteries. Let Hall make his rookie mistakes in a year already apparently set aside for team re-examination. Let him play. Derek is awful. Good O-line protection or not, Derek can’t connect with receivers, and that’s just not going to win games. Take away an improbable missed FG from one of the league’s most accurate kickers, and an equally improbable kick off return for TD (which is rare, and nothing to ever count on) this team loses this game. How many points did Oakland leave on the field? Arizona didn’t leave any, because frankly they never got close enough to make the mistakes the Raiders did on their way to giving this game away to the Cards. Big Red has no field general. Let Hall give this team some hope for the future.