That was some performance by Derek Anderson Monday night. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback had an awful performance on national television, was caught yucking it up with a teammate while his team was losing by three touchdowns and then lashed out at a reporter who asked him about it – also caught on camera.
It’s not a good week to be Anderson, but at least he has this going for him: He’s not going to be replaced, not this week.
Of course, coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t have much choice. His options are rookies Max Hall and John Skelton, neither of whom is remotely ready to step in for the struggling Anderson, who was 16 of 35 passing in a 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Whisenhunt told the Arizona Republic that the beleaguered quarterback, who has seven touchown passes and nine interceptions this season, has worked hard to improve in recent weeks, and that’s why he’s keeping his job. “That’s really what you look for,” Whisenhunt said.
And what about Anderson being caught on TV laughing with teammate Deuce Lutui on the sideline while the Cardinals were being shellacked by the 49ers?
Whisenhunt was in a forgiving mood.
“Those guys have worked hard, they want to win,” he said he said of Anderson and Lutui. “I'm not going to read too much into a couple of seconds of what you see on video. I'm going to base it on what I know about those guys and their demeanor and their approach.
“Listen, we've got a lot of issues that we've got to get corrected, and that's a small one compared to some of the other things we have to do.”
In case you missed it, Anderson blew up at reporter Kent Somers of the Republic after he was asked why he was laughing.
“You think I was laughing about something?” an angry Anderson responded. “I take this serious! Real serious! I put my heart and soul into this every single week!” A few moments later, he walked out on the postgame conference.
He can some comfort in knowing that Whisenhunt isn’t walking out on him.