If you're a fan of the Arizona Cardinals or follow the NFL closely, then you've likely seen the bleak play out of Cardinals starting quarterback Derek Anderson.
Anderson, who was acquired this offseason to compete/back up Matt Leinart, was named the starter a week before the season began.
He played very average against the St. Louis Rams to open the season, clearly over-throwing his receivers on several occasions. The Cardinals and Anderson escaped St. Louis with a win, but couldn't carry their luck to the following week. This past Sunday, the Cardinals received a 41-7 beating by the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
In two games, Anderson has completed a measly 54% of his passes, throwing 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Obviously both games were on the road -- a tough scenario for most quarterbacks to succeed in. The Cardinals play against the Oakland Raiders in their home-opener this weekend. Anderson must show some promise. Either way, the future for Anderson with the Cardinals doesn't look inspiring.
Next I'll list my reasons why I'd like to see Michael Vick in a Cardinals uniform...
That brings me to my next point -- Michael Vick. Vick, who notoriously spent time in prison for dog fighting, continued the second chapter of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Up until this season, he hadn't looked like the Vick of old. That changed when the Eagles starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb, suffered a concussion against the Green Bay Packers in their season opener.
Vick entered the game and showcased his lightening-fast speed. He rushed for over 100 yards but also threw the ball well. Kolb wasn't cleared in time this past weekend, giving Vick his first start in years. All he did was play out of his mind and stirred up a quarterback controversy in the city of brotherly love.
Against the Lions, he threw for 284-yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 37 yards. Up until this season I had no interest in Vick to the Cardinals, widely because he never played like an NFL quarterback. From what I've heard, Vick has turned a new leaf and now takes time to prepare for his opponents. He may have even adopted the throw-first mentality -- but we'll have to wait to see for sure.
I'm not calling for Anderson to be cut or traded, or even assuming that he's done with the Cardinals. I am however, interested in my fellow Cardinals' fans opinions. If somehow the Cardinals were able to acquire Michael Vick, would you approve? Vick still has years left in his system and apparently football skill as well. His speed and elusiveness in the backfield could suppress the struggles of the offensive line. At this point, I'd take Vick's accuracy over Anderson's also. He has the arm strength and has thrown the ball extremely well so far this season to connect with Larry Fitzgerald and the receivers.
Andy Reid and the Eagles have already claimed that Kevin Kolb is still their starting quarterback. Vick has said all the right things so far, but I'm positive he'd like to start for someone rather then ride the bench all year. If the Eagles do give Kolb the reigns at quarterback, should the Cardinals attempt to make a trade for Vick?