Cardinals: Quarterback Carousel Continues
Derek Anderson (Bruce Yeung / Yeung Photography)
Derek Anderson (Bruce Yeung / Yeung Photography)

Posted Nov 5, 2010

After a three game absence backing up rookie Max Hall, Derek Anderson will be back starting under center against the Vikings.

The Cardinals continue their quarterback dance this week, benching Max Hall after three starts and returning to Derek Anderson, who started the first four games.

It has been clear coach Ken Whisenhunt has a quarterback dilemma: choosing between two bad alternatives.

In three starts, Hall completed just barely 50 percent his passes and had one touchdown and four interceptions.

Not that Anderson was better. He's completed 53.5 percent of his passes and has four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

He has made many poor decisions, the most recent coming last week when he forced a pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the final minutes. It was intercepted, ruining the Cardinals' chance to tie or go ahead.

The Cardinals' schedule had a lot to do with Whisenhunt's decision to go to Anderson.

Whisenhunt didn't want to start Hall in Minneapolis at Mall of America Field. It's a loud venue, and Hall has struggled at home. In two weeks, the Cardinals play in Kansas City.

So Whisenhunt chose to go with a veteran accustomed to playing in difficult places.

Anderson has better players around him than he did in his last starts. Last week was the first time he played with the starting three receivers since the second quarter of the first game.

Steve Breaston, a starter, returned last week after missing three games because of knee surgery. Early Doucet, the No. 3 receiver, returned the previous week.

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