Cardinals head coach, Mike Whisenhunt, has decided to bench Matt Leinart to for this saturday’s game against the Chicago Bears and start Derek Anderson. While this is the only the third preseason game, most NFL teams attempt to play their starters for the first half so a demotion now can only suggest that Whisenhunt wants to see what Anderson for the team.
“Well, I don’t think we’ve played really well enough offensively to make any determination other than we need to get better,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday. “We’re looking at different combinations of people.”
“I’m sure that nobody on this team wants to be in that situation. Once again, I think it’s not anything against Matt or the quarterback position. It’s we’re looking at different people and trying to find out what’s the best combination for our team now,” Whisenhunt said.
NFL.com’s Mike Lombardi made mention of that fact that the Cardinals may be ready to move on from their current options and look bring in someone who can stabilize their offense.
“I think what they’ll do here in the next two weeks is try to make a move for a quarterback that Ken’s [Whisenhunt] familiar with, comfortable with, bring him in [and] use Anderson as the starter, find a veteran backup and then have the two young players John Skelton and Max Hall standing behind them,” Lombardi said.
Despite the fact that Lombardi does make some reasonable points, it would still be fairly surprising to see the team bring in someone else at this point given that they have been grooming Leinart for this job since 2007.