In the photo above, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson is hit has he throws against the Atlanta Falcons. Anderson's toughness has been questioned so far this season -- and he's surpassed the test. There's little doubt about that. Unfortunately for him, toughness doesn't always win games.
The Cardinals slipped to 1-1 after their crushing defeat. There's plenty of blame to go around, but a lot of it falls on Anderson's shoulders. He completed just 54% of his passes with a quarterback rating of 42.5. Numbers like that will rarely earn a win in today's NFL. Also, the Cardinals' defense did little to give Anderson a chance, allowing 444 yards of total offense.
Anderson, who suffered multiple crushing hits all game, had this to say afterwards:
"It was the frustration of the whole day. We laid an egg and they were beating us up. It’s never good to take a hit and he’s running his mouth and you can’t say anything."
Pain or not, he likely knows that he's one good hit away from losing his job to a rookie. Whether that rookie can do anything spectacular remains to be seen.
The Cardinals are only two games into the season and came out with a win on a two-game road trip to begin the season. We haven't seen this team at home yet, and a crowd
and referee ruling in your favor could be the spark that Anderson needs. If he continues his poor play however, don't think for a second that Ken Whisenhunt won't give someone else the opportunity.