The quarterback. It is, without a doubt, the most prestigious position in all of sports.
The Arizona Cardinals have enjoyed the luxury of having an elite quarterback in Kurt Warner over the last few years.
Well that time is over. Warner is gone and he’s not coming back.
Derek Anderson is now at the helm of this offense, at least for the time being.
In his five year career, Anderson has had one decent season in which he threw for 29 touchdowns and made the pro bowl.
Unfortunately he also threw 19 interceptions and only completed 56.5 percent of his passes that season.
His play in week 1 against the Rams, who had the worst record in the NFL last year along with the eighth worst pass defense, was anything but impressive.
Anderson under and overthrew receivers all game, missing an open Fitzgerald multiple times.
He also completed just 53.7 percent of his passes on par with the rest of his mediocre career.
The Cardinals had to come back from behind late in the fourth to a team they shouldn’t have had any problems with.
With two rookies in backups John Skelton and Max Hall, the Cardinals are in serious trouble at the quarterback position.
What was just a year ago one of the best passing offenses in the league, the Cardinals may now have to rely on the running game to take the pressure off Anderson.
Solid play from the defense and the health and production of Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower will be the key to getting the Cardinals back into the playoffs.