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What is there to say? Last night was a debacle, and I don't think Derek Anderson deserves to be the starter anymore. Bring on Max Hall.

Also, I'm going to get the thing with quotes from the Gamethread up in a little while. And I will write up something about DA later tonight.

Arizona Cardinals suffer humiliating loss to San Diego Chargers
The downside to any journey of self-discovery is discovering there aren't many things to like.

Arizona Cardinals fail to contain San Diego Chargers' Antonio Gates
San Diego running Mike Tolbert was going with a pick-your-poison explanation of how the Chargers tore through the Cardinals' defense Sunday when he inadvertently referred to their cyanide for foes.

Another week, another debacle for diminished Arizona Cardinals
After a 41-10 loss to the Chargers, the Cardinals still are in first place. That's the result of good fortune, a beneficial schedule and an atrocious division. But the crowd around the punch bowl has cleared out, and no one's buying the mirage. Even the die-hards are at a loss for optimism.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter: 'We didn't play like we wanted to win'
The Cardinals shoddy defensive performance against the Falcons in week two prompted a players-only meeting where finger-pointing and desire were discussed. Those topics could be on the agenda again this week if defenders choose to have another meeting to discuss their performance in a 41-10 loss to the Chargers.

Changes Considered After San Diego Loss
As the Chargers scored early and often and the Cardinals did not, change was inevitable.

Defense In A Fix
The potential quarterback change grabs the headlines. But how the Cardinals address their defensive struggles may eventually direct the course of the season.

A Quarterback Decision
The ball sailed over the head of Stephen Williams, and that, more than anything else, might have crystallized what has been wrong with the offense of the Cardinals. Coach Ken Whisenhunt had lamented – more than once – missed opportunities. Then Derek Anderson couldn’t connect on what would have been a 40-yard tying touchdown.

Cardinals vs. Chargers - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
All it took for the San Diego Chargers to get a whole lot better was a visit by the Arizona Cardinals .

Larry Fitzgerald To Donate Money For Breast Cancer For Every Catch And Score - SB Nation Arizona
Larry Fitzgerald announced today via Twitter that he will donate $1,000 for every catch and $5,000 for every touchdown he scores today when the Cardinals face the Chargers. Larry Fitzgerald lost his mother to breast cancer in 2003.

That was quick: Max Hall Cards' QB - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' decision to replace Derek Anderson with Max Hall at quarterback after falling behind badly at San Diego comes as no shock.

Let the Max Hall era begin |
Somewhere, Matt Leinart is laughing.

Wrap-up: Chargers 41, Cardinals 10 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The Cardinals are 2-2 and tied for the lead in the NFC West, but they've got issues. Major issues. Quarterback issues. Max Hall took over for Derek Anderson in the first half, but the Cardinals still finished with only 124 net yards, by far their lowest total under coach Ken Whisenhunt. The schedule isn't doing Arizona any favors, either. Might Hall make his first start against the defending Super Bowl champs?

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - SD Review
Coach Whisenhunt reviews the Cardinals loss @ SD with Doug and Wolf on Sports 620 KTAR

Cardinals unhappy in 41-10 loss

Close Games Under Whisenhunt

NFL Videos: Cardinals vs. Chargers highlights
Highlights of the Chargers 41-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL Videos: Cardinals postgame press conference
Cardinals react following game with Chargers

Chargers aftermath
Where to begin … I write this about 10:30 p.m., with already some 90 comments on the blog waiting for approval/answers. I haven’t read them quite yet. I can imagine what most say. There will be talk about the quarterback, I’d guess, thank goodness Whiz went to Max Hall, etc. There will be rants about the defense – and honestly, I didn’t see their troubles coming – and the offensive line. The answers aren’t coming tonight. There are some significant issues to fix (and doing it the week of the Saints game seems a difficult chore). "It’s a bitter taste and no one around here really likes it," linebacker Joey Porter said. "Now it’s, what do you do to respond?"

Williams’ weighty message
Rookie nose tackle Dan Williams was made inactive this past game because he didn’t make weight. He is supposed to be 327 pounds. He was 329. It doesn’t sound like much, but this staff has had so many issues with such things in the past — not only was there the Deuce Lutui/Herman Johnson situation in the preseason, but defensive lineman Alan Branch and Gabe Watson have dealt with it in the past — the coaches wanted to nip any problem in the bud.

QB choice will wait
Coach Ken Whisenhunt just had his Monday press conference. He hasn’t yet decided on a quarterback — he joked the Cards were just going to go without one this week — although it sounds like it will be announced in the next couple of days. He’s not going to hold back to try some gamesmanship with the Saints.

NFC West QB rankings through Week 4 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
My weekly look at where NFC West quarterbacks stand (trending arrows indicate general direction, not necessarily a change in ranking from the previous week):

Whisenhunt's Mess: Max Hall In As Derek Anderson Yanked In First Half - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Remember when Ken Whisenhunt put all his eggs in the Derek Anderson basket and then showed Matt Leinart the door in favor of undrafted rookie Max Hall? How's that turning out so far?

Poll: Would The Cardinals Be Better Off With Matt Leinart? - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Three and half games into the Derek Anderson experiment, Ken Whisenhunt was forced to pull the plug and hand the ball to the great white hope, Max Hall. Turns out even he couldn't perform miracles and orchestrate a come back from a 28-7 halftime deficit. In fact, he couldn't do much of anything either which just goes to show this is in fact a team game and a team's problems.

Cardinals Defense Only Things Worse Than Cardinals Offense In Loss To Chargers, 41-10 - SB Nation Arizona
Blow outs happen and they've now happened in two of the Cardinals four games. The two wins were hardly impressive either with both games just barely sneaking into the W column on a some fortunate plays.

Whiz isn’t deciding on QB today
Real quick here as we drive to the airport, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said he didn’t want to make a decision on his starting quarterback until he watches the video. No reason to make a choice in the heat of the moment. I personally think Max Hall will get his shot, but as Whiz said, starting a rookie quarterback isn’t a simple decision. I will have much more in a few hours. Whether Whiz makes that decision tomorrow, it will be interesting. Maybe he’ll want to make the Saints think all week.

Think pink and the Suns
Most of the Cardinals are wearing pink today in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month (Andre Roberts is pictured below). Larry Fitzgerald said he is donating $1,000 per catch and $5,000 per touchdown this month to the cause, so that’d be a win-win if Fitz suddenly explodes here. Also below, Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash (shown below talking to Cards coach Ken Whisenhunt) and his teammates are at the game today after completing a week of training camp here in San Diego.

Dan Williams sits
As expected, rookie nose tackle Dan Williams is inactive today because he is overweight. Gabe Watson will take his place in the rotation backing up starter Bryan Robinson. The rest of the inactives contain no surprises: - Gates' 2 TD grabs lead Chargers to win
Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and the rest of the San Diego Chargers' offense have the flash. The guys on defense have the bash. - Doug: Notes from Cardinals loss to Chargers
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Cardinals at Chargers: Can Cards Upset the Bolts? | Bleacher Report
The Arizona Cardinals, though injury depleted, come in very happy to be 2-1. They would like to make it 3-1. That's much easier said than done, however.

Cardinals Vs Chargers: Derek Anderson Benched, Cards Go With Rookie Max Hall | Bleacher Report
The enigma that is Derek Anderson continues to plague NFL coaches as Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt benched his starting quarterback for rookie Max Hall in the second quarter.

Silver linings: Cardinals at Chargers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Post-game spread
There was a lot of rubble to sort through after the Chargers dismantled the Cardinals on Sunday. In the interview room at Qualcomm Stadium, coach Ken Whisenhunt put off naming a starting quarterback for this week. That could change as soon as this morning when Whisenhunt meets with reporters. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - No QB decision yet
Coach Ken Whisenhunt hasn't picked a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Saints, but it doesn't sound as if he is going to keep everyone guessing through the week.

Ken Whisenhunt not prepared to name starting QB for game vs. New Orleans Saints
Actually, I think we're going to go without one this week," Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said, adding with a chuckle, "Maybe we'll just run the Wildcat.

Arizona Cardinals Facing Major Problems: Quarterback Edition - SB Nation Arizona
Yesterday's blowout loss to the Chargers indicated that the Cardinals have a bunch of problems. Here, I'll address only the quarterback problem.

Former QB Kurt Warner On Current Cards QB Situation - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Kurt took a few minutes off from practicing the foxtrot to weigh on the current Cardinal quarterback disaster situation, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show. As the Cards continue to struggle, Kurt joked how this might be his Hall of Fame season.

Arizona Cardinals: The Good And The Bad From Week 4 - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
There really was not anything good at all about the Arizona Cardinals' 41-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers, so we'll just do ten bad things this week. - Whisenhunt won't name starting QB; may make lineup changes
With the Arizona Cardinals' second bad loss in three weeks coach Ken Whisenhunt may be ready to make some changes with who is on the field. - E: Cardinals never got wake up call in San Diego
It's amazing what an inopportune camera angle can present. At some point in the first-quarter, FOX cut away to a shot of the Cardinals' sideline. Standing behind Ken Whisenhunt was an overweight and not-so-coincidentally inactive Dan Williams. - Whisenhunt thinks Cards' didn't show true colors
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt believes the Cardinals failed to show their true abilities during Sunday's blowout loss to the Chargers. - Gambo: Quarterback concerns for bad Cardinals team
Maybe Cris Collinsworth will be right after all. Maybe two years ago when he said the Arizona Cardinals were the worst playoff team of all time it was just a premonition. Maybe he was predicting what would actually happen in 2011. - Ash: Will we give Max a Hall pass?
I can't believe how off I was during my preseason prediction on Derek Anderson. I said he would be replaced by Max Hall in Week 6 or 7 after the bye week. Oops! - Burns: The Cardinals have been exposed
I understand what sells. What moves the meter. What gets people talking. Ben Affleck's latest movie "The Town" isn't a hit because of the subtly good performances, the symbolism, plot twists or anything like that. It's a hit because it's got action, guns and pretty people. The fact it has all those other things is just an added bonus.

Ken Whisenhunt on QBs: "I think we're going to go without one this week" |
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has watched enough of Derek Anderson and Max Hall. There's only one logical move left to make.

The Designed Rush, Week 4: Could The Rams Really Be A Playoff Team? -
The Designed Rush takes a look at the surprising Rams, who may actually win the mediocre NFC West after losing 15 games last season. Plus: Josh Scobee's theatrics, the latest Manning Face and a highly bizarre Giants sack dance.

Power rankings revisited: Week 4 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Good luck finding a consensus No. 1 team in the NFL heading into Week 5.

Jay Cutler doesn't survive nine first half sacks |
Bears coach Lovie Smith doesn't fault Jay Cutler for holding the ball too long after taking a record nine sacks in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Giants. "If you were hit that many times, you'd be skittish too," Smith told NBC's Andre Kremer.

Jackson, Rams sense their time is coming - NFC West Blog - ESPN
St. Louis ended a 17-game NFC West losing streak and a 10-game slide against Seattle dating to Jackson's 2004 rookie season. At 2-2, the Rams are .500 for the first time since 2006. (Billy Devaney, the Rams' third-year general manager, seemed dumbfounded when I shared that one with him in the locker room Sunday.) They won consecutive games for the first time since 2008.

Wrap-up: Falcons 16, 49ers 14 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The San Francisco 49ers cannot catch a break or finish a game when they're in position to win. They've played New Orleans and now Atlanta tough, only to falter in the end. But they also would emerge from Week 4 only two games out of the NFC West lead if the Arizona Cardinals lose at San Diego later Sunday. The 49ers do need to win a game at some point, obviously, but this defeat sure beat the lackluster effort at Kansas City in Week 3.

Rapid Reaction: Rams 20, Seahawks 3 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
What it means: The St. Louis Rams will be tied for the NFC West lead after four games if the San Diego Chargers defeat the Arizona Cardinals later Sunday. They ended a 17-game losing streak within the NFC West and a 10-game streak against Seattle. They are .500 or better for the first time since 2006 and they have, by all appearances, the best quarterback in the division. For Seattle, this outcome suggests the team isn't good enough to win road games and if that does not change, the Seahawks will struggle to reach .500.

Week Four Quick Slants |
While we wonder if the NFC West will have a team finish over .500 this year, here's our quick slants from Week Four's early games.

Week Four Monday 10-pack |
It's Monday morning, the time when we look back at Sunday's game with a series of 10 takes.

Redskins vs. Eagles - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Donovan McNabb heard cheers and the home team got all the boos.

Seahawks vs. Rams - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Steven Jackson was a question mark until the first snap.

Texans vs. Raiders - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Arian Foster made up for lost time after an early game benching.

Colts vs. Jaguars - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Josh Scobee 's 59-yard field goal on the final play gave the Jacksonville Jaguars a 31-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Lions vs. Packers - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
For all their talent and high expectations, the Green Bay Packers still haven't turned in the kind of performance that proves they can play like one of the NFL's elite teams for a full game.

Bengals vs. Browns - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Another fourth-quarter lead was in danger of disappearing when Cleveland's offense met before taking the field.

Broncos vs. Titans - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Kyle Orton better stay warmed up. The Denver Broncos are leaning more and more on his right arm.

Panthers vs. Saints - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
John Carney could not have asked for a better start to his 23rd season as an NFL kicker.

Ravens vs. Steelers - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The Steelers were so close to being 4-0 without Ben Roethlisberger . Only close doesn't count in the Ravens-Steelers rivalry, where every game is tight and no lead is truly safe.

Jets vs. Bills - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Once LaDainian Tomlinson - remember him? - got going, he and the New York Jets had the Buffalo Bills on the run

49ers vs. Falcons - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
Roddy White 's best play came on defense, and it allowed the Atlanta Falcons to come up with another close-call victory. When 49ers cornerback Nate Clements intercepted Matt Ryan late in the fourth quarter and ran 39 yards down the left sideline, White had one goal in mind: Knock the ball out.

Bears vs. Giants - Recap - October 3, 2010 - NFL - Football -
The New York Giants knocked out Jay Cutler with a nine-sack first half and limited Chicago to 110 total yards in a 17-3 victory on Sunday night that left the NFL with only one undefeated team.