Max Hall Throws Three TD’s in First Half, Two of Them to Tampa

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Max Hall threw three touchdowns in the first half.  Unfortunately, two of them were thrown to the Tampa Bay Bucs.  Those picks, sent Hall to the sideline and brought back Derek Anderson, which has led to a Tampa

Anderson’s presence was immediately felt.  He threw a long down field pass to Steve Breaston to set up the potential game-tying score in the second quarter.  The Cards eventually failed to score on 4th down.  Hall did throw a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald to start the scoring.

The question is, does Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt stick with Anderson at least for the rest of this game?  I say he has to.  Hall, although looking improved in areas today, simply can’t be giving the ball away for pick six’s every time you touch the ball.

The Cards offense moved the ball well and really controlled the time of possession.  Again though turnovers played a key role in the Cards demise in the first half.  The Cards are going to need to hold onto the ball in the second half if they want any chance to win this again.

The Cards defense had a chance to get the ball back with under two minutes to go, but Tampa kept the ball moving, going 94 yards down the field and just ran out of time to score a touchdown, instead having to settle for a field goal, going into the locker room with a 24-14 lead.  As Bucs coach Raheem Morris said earlier this week, stats are for losers.  Cards may win every stat on the sheet but the only one that matters is the final score.  You only win if you have more points than the other team after 60 minutes.  After 30 minutes, Tampa has that distinction.

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  • John Charles Fremont

    The elephant in the living room needs to be addressed frankly. A lot of us have seen this for a long time, but said nothing about it because we very much respect Coach Whisenhunt, and acknowledge that he is the greatest, or at the very least, second greatest HEAD coach in the team’s entire history. What he is NOT however, is an offensive play caller. Everyone could see the difference last year in losing Todd Haley. The effect is much worse this year. There is no Kurt Warner to overcome the plodding, non-surprising, very predictable, anticipatable (for defenses) calls. They are non-sequential, show no creativity, innovation or anything else that places the defense off balance. And often they call for the extremely difficult pass–the kind that only Warner and perhaps three or four other quarterbacks can pull off. The problem this year is not Hall, or Anderson–though neither is a top-flight NFL quarterback. The problem is that we need at least a 2nd tier play caller as the offensive coordinator. Coach Whisenhunt is terrific as a head coach (and sadly, he’s too close to the situation to see/admit/realize that this is not his forte—and no one else in the organization has the guts to say that “the emperor has no clothes”) but he should put down those clipboards, charts and overhead photos, and not come any closer to any of them for the rest of the season than the mascot, the cheerleaders, or fans in the stands. We need the best playcaller available, and we need him right now.