Cardinals: Postgame News & Notes

Max Hall (Bruce Yeung / Yeung Photography)

Rookie QB Max Hall's starting job is in serious jeopordy while LB Gerald Hayes and WR Steve Breaston made impactful returns.

--QB Max Hall had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and could find himself back in the No. 2 role next week. Derek Anderson could start, but he threw an ill-advised pass into double-coverage with the Cardinals trailing by three and driving inside the Buccaneers' red zone late in the fourth quarter.

--ILB Gerald Hayes was activated from the PUP list and played for the first time Sunday. He finished with five tackles, including one for loss, and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

--OLB O'Brien Schofield was activated from the non football injury list and played for the time on Sunday. Schofield played on most of the special teams and had one tackle. He could eventually see time as a situational pass rusher.

--WR Larry Fitzgerald continues to struggle. He had six catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, but Cardinals quarterbacks are having a difficult time getting him the ball consistently.

--WR Steve Breaston finished with eight catches for 147 yards, a career high. Breaston missed the previous three games following knee surgery.

TRENDING: The Cardinals lost consecutive games for the first time since December of 2008, and the club seems to lack leadership. The players are saying all the right things about staying together and there has been no finger-pointing. Yet, there doesn't seem anyone capable of rallying this group. Outside linebacker Joey Porter and guard Alan Faneca joined the team this year and don't appear comfortable doing it. Larry Fitzgerald is not a "rah, rah" person. The quarterbacks haven't played well enough to get anyone to follow them. Something needs to happen, however, to pull this group together.

LINEUP WATCH: Gerald Hayes is expected to start at the strong inside linebacker position soon. Hayes played in his first game last week after being activated from the PUP list. He performed well, finishing with five tackles, including one for loss, and he returning a fumble for a touchdown. When Hayes starts at the Mike linebacker spot, Paris Lenon will move to the weak side, or the "Will" position. Rookie Daryl Washington will become the rotational player and could play in sub packages. Lenon has played nearly every snap this season and coaches would like to rest him a couple of possessions each game.

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