Well, that whole Derek Anderson over Matt Leinart thing is looking like a genius move by Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, huh? Today Whisenhunt handed the team’s struggling offense over to an undrafted rookie, Max Hall.
The 25-year-old Hall was deemed to be so outstanding coming out of BYU that the 32 teams in the NFL used 255 picks to pass him up. There were 14 other quarterbacks deemed worthy of one of those 255 picks, and one of them was the horrendous Jonathan Crompton, so you know Hall had to be really freaking good to get passed up so that guy could get drafted.
Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy were obviously all drafted while Hall sat home waiting for his phone to ring. But so were these guys: Michael Kafka (Northwestern), John Skelton (Fordham), Crompton (Tennessee), Rusty Smith (Florida Atlantic), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan), Joe Webb (UAB), Tony Pike (Cincinnati), Levi Brown (Troy), Sean Canfield (Oregon State) and Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State).
Scouts Inc. rated Hall as the No. 19 quarterback in the 2010 class and gave him a rating of 30. Hall scored a 38 on his Wonderlic, which was the highest amongst all quarterbacks, but yet he still failed to get himself drafted. That says something about his ability (or lack thereof).
The funny part is, the Cardinals actually passed on Hall during the draft to selected Skelton, who is currently the team’s third-string quarterback.
So far in his young career Hall is 9-for-16 for 85 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. That puts him at a robust 45.1 quarterback rating.
But I’m sure Hall will do fantastically well, since he’s got a sieve of an offensive line blocking for him. You know, that same offensive line that allowed nine sacks to the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday? Yeah, those guys.
I’m sorry but this disaster of a situation should be the final nail in Whisenhunt’s coffin. He ran Leinart out of town, when frankly, he’s a better option than Hall as the team’s backup. He made his displeasure with Leinart public, when it didn’t have to be, and chose Anderson as his starter. No one wants Derek Anderson as their starter. That’s not to say Leinart would have been fantastic, but at least he had been with the team for a few years and probably had some knowledge of what he was doing within the offense.
Seriously, the Cleveland Browns went with a Jake Delhomme-Seneca Wallace combination instead of keeping Anderson. That should have been a clue to the Cardinals.
Now their entire season rests in the hands of Max Hall.
This should be fun to watch in a schadenfreude kind of way.