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Who saw the team going from Leinart being the Starter, to Hall taking over in Week 5 after Leinart was cut before this year began?  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Who saw the team going from Leinart being the Starter, to Hall taking over in Week 5 after Leinart was cut before this year began? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Hall is the starter now, nothing else to say.

Arizona Cardinals name Max Hall starting quarterback for Saints' game
Rookie Max Hall will start at quarterback for the Cardinals against the Saints on Sunday, according to a source.

Max Hall gets the call for Cardinals |
Ken Whisenhunt decided it's time for a permanent change at quarterback in Arizona. - Burns: Beanie's message was right; venue was wrong
On Monday, the Cards second year running back officially waded into waters that had typically been reserved for Matt Leinart. He professed confusion about his role and a strong desire to get more carries. - Undrafted rookie Max Hall to get start for Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals will host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints with a new quarterback under center.

Thoughts on Max Hall as Cardinals' starter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals switched from Derek Anderson to Max Hall during their blowout defeat in Week 4. They will not change back heading into Week 5.

Whiz talks Hall and other stuff
I will have a full story later on the homepage, but after coach Ken Whisenhunt officially announced Max Hall would be the starter, he spoke a little bit about why:

Beanie, Whisenhunt Talk
Running back was frustrated; offensive line has good practice

Whisenhunt: Derek Anderson was 'pressing' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two quarterback-related comments Wednesday from Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt stood out upon reading through the transcript.

Beanie Wells, Ken Whisenhunt discuss playing time
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells complained Monday about not getting enough carries and promised he was going to discuss the matter with coach Ken Whisenhunt. Wells found out the coach had a few things on his mind, too.

Starting a rookie QB in Arizona
The Cardinals have been in Arizona since 1988. Max Hall becomes just the fourth rookie quarterback to get a start for the team in that span. The trio before him included Jake Plummer, John Navarre and Matt Leinart.

Hall isn't your typical rookie QB
The Arizona Cardinals’ offense is now in the hands of an undrafted rookie. But Max Hall isn’t your typical undrafted rookie -- or your typical rookie, for that matter.

Cardinals Underground Podcast (Saints Preview)
Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban, and Ron Wolfley take a look at the elevation of Max Hall to starting QB and more.

(Some really good stuff about Hall is in here)

Whisenhunt, Hall On Starting against Saints

NFL Fantasy Football, Week 5: Beanie Wells Could Put Up Numbers, Drew Brees A Must Play Against Cardinals Defense - SB Nation Arizona
What to look for in this week's Cardinals-Saints game from a fantasy football perspective.

Report: Max Hall To Start For Cardinals On Sunday - SB Nation Arizona
After four games of Derek Anderson's erratic and often ineffective play, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt has decided to start rookie Max Hall against the Saints.

How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Derek Anderson, Cardinals QB. The Cardinals benched him only four games into the season. The move might not be permanent, but it was telling. Anderson had to know the Cardinals were entertaining other long-term plans at the position, but he probably figured to get longer than 14 quarters.

The worth of a wide receiver
Interesting today that, on the day Randy Moss was traded by the Patriots to the Vikings than Kent Somers addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to the Cards’ current quarterback situation — the future of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Hall named starting QB
The Cardinals are just getting practice started today to begin the week right now, and while coach Ken Whisenhunt is expected to formally announce his starting quarterback publicly after practice, a source has told it will be rookie Max Hall who will be taking first-team snaps today and will lead the team against the Saints Sunday.

NFC West: Injury situations that matter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona: The Cardinals haven't yet said whether receivers Steve Breaston (knee) and Early Doucet (hernia) will return from surgeries in time for Sunday. Neither practiced Wednesday. New quarterback Max Hall needs all the healthy targets he can get, but this would be a good week for the Cardinals to explore their running game. New Orleans has had some problems against the run. Arizona isn't healthy enough at receiver or far enough along offensively to win a passing contest with Drew Brees and the Saints. Hall will have had minimal reps with Breaston and Doucet, should they play. This seems like a good week to use two tight ends more frequently, in part because of injuries and in part because of the matchup. On defense, a pelvis injury limited inside linebacker Paris Lenon. The Cardinals need him to stay healthy. Depth at the position is a concern.

Kurt Warner returns to Arizona to broadcast Cardinals/Saints game for FOX Sports - Phoenix arizona cardinals |
Exactly nine months after leading the Cardinals to the Divisional round of the ’09 playoffs against the Saints, Kurt Warner will be in the broadcast booth calling this week’s matchup between the two teams. The former Cardinal will serve as color analyst alongside Chris Rose on the FOX Sports broadcast from University of Phoenix Stadium. - Whisenhunt says Wells is just a competitor
Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes that Beanie Wells was just acting out of frustration when he responded to being asked about his playing time on Monday. The Cardinals have not had a smooth start to the season, and Whisenhunt feels his running back is just a competitive person that wants the opportunity to improve the team. - Cardinals vs. Saints - Injury Report
The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints Week 5 game.

Cardinals-Chargers Aftermath: Five Changes Arizona Needs to Make | Bleacher Report
Sometimes writing about your favorite team is really fun. This is not one of those times.

Chat wrap: Which coach would fit best? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Al (Wausau, WI): Mike, do you agree with the Cardinals' decision to start Max Hall over Derek Anderson? Do you feel he gives the Cardinals the best chance to succeed?

A sellout and the Rage
It’s official: The Cardinals game has been sold out Sunday against the Saints, so the non-blackout streak stays alive and the game will be televised locally on FOX (CH. 10). Kurt Warner live for the Valley! (Remember, he is doing the color analysis for the network). It’s the 47th straight sellout for the Cards at University of Phoenix Stadium. blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Breaking down the sacks
The Chargers had nine sacks against the Cardinals last Sunday, tied for the second most ever by a Cardinals opponent (the Steelers had 10 in 1997).

Cardinals report (10.06): Whisenhunt keeps the faith
Following a disappointing start to the season, frustration is starting to set in for the Cardinals. One person not giving up on the 2010 campaign is coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt is yet to experience a losing season since arriving in the desert and isn’t ready to concede that streak just yet.

Hobbled Saints lose CB Porter
Another player who contributed to the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl run has to be replaced for a few games.

Saints-Cards preview - Fox Sports Arizona
B-Train on the QB Situation

NFL Picks and Predictions for Week 5 - National Football League - ESPN
Each week on, the brain trust of Bristol University convenes and our experts offer their predictions for the upcoming slate of NFL games. A green border indicates a correct answer, and a red border indicates a wrong answer.

(Adam Schefter really picked the Cardinals)

Yahoo! Sports - NFL - Expert Picks Week 5

PFT's Week Five picks |
For the second straight week, I held a one-game lead over Rosenthal entering the Monday night game. And, for the second straight week, Rosenthal got the Monday night game right and I got it wrong, forcing a tie.

NFL Week 5 Picks: Our Morons Are (Not) Smarter Than A Coin Flip - SB Nation Arizona
After kicking the spread right in the ass, our Morons are back with their Week 5 NFL Picks.

Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler (concussion) won't play vs. Carolina - NFL -
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will sit out this week's game at Carolina because of a concussion.

Figuring out Chris Johnson's 'struggles' - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
He’s the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher with averages that project to a 1,416-yard season and 16 rushing touchdowns. That would be the sixth-best season in 51 years of franchise history. But it wouldn’t be good enough for Chris Johnson, or the Tennessee Titans.

 Ravens up to No. 3 after big road win - Don Banks -
I was talking to a club official the other day about the lack of elite teams in the NFL and how most of the league is so evenly matched this season, and he made a very astute observation: "And it's all happening in the uncapped year,'' he said. "That was the great fear for so long, remember? That somehow parity would be lost with no salary cap, because some teams would just spend like crazy and create an imbalance of talent. But now, the reality is, it's the complete opposite. Everybody's bunched together in a clump.''

NFL power rankings - Week 5
Bob McManaman's NFL Power Rankings - Week 5: (Last week's rankings in parenthesis)

Kurt Warner: Quick QB decisions key to Chicago Bears' offense - ESPN Chicago
Kurt Warner sees the same Mike Martz offensive approach being run in Chicago, and that means extra blockers won't be the answer to curbing the constant pressure Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been under this season. The key in a Martz offense, according to Warner, the retired quarterback who won two MVP awards with Martz in St. Louis, is quick decision-making by the quarterback.

Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans deserve A grades at quarter mark - ESPN
With 13 teams at 2-2, it's easy to give out a lot of C grades at the quarter mark of 2010. - Phoenix ranks high on Sporting News 'Best Sports Cities' list
The metropolitan area of Phoenix gives a sports fan everything they could want and more from an availability point of view.

Colts' QB Peyton Manning Speaks Out on 18-Game NFL Schedule -- NFL FanHouse
Peyton Manning is still not thrilled with the idea of an 18-game schedule. news: While some QBs chase history, offensive balance has its place
With three quarterbacks on pace to break the single-season mark for passing yards, the perception is that teams have no regard for the running game in today's NFL. When you dig a little deeper into what is really going on, the pass-happy sentiment might not be a reality. news: Martz's high-return offenses put quarterbacks at risk
If you're an avid follower of the navy and orange, there's good and bad news. The good? Chicago is 3-1 and better than its pitiful offensive display against the New York Giants on Sunday night. The bad? Get used to Jay Cutler hitting the deck. news: Week 4 awards watch: Orton's fast start worth noting
In Denver, the legend of John Elway casts a large shadow over the quarterback position.