|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Cardinal quarterback Derek Anderson apologized for his Monday night postgame tirade. Saying that his mom and dad didn't raise him to act like that in times of adversity. The quarterback's rant, now a nationwide spectacle, came after a series of questions from Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic's beat reporter, about why Anderson was smiling with teammate Deuce Luiti the sideline while the Cardinals trailed the 49ers by 18 points late in the game. The brief clip of the two grinning had been shown during the Monday night telecast.
Anderson said after the NFL game that it was no one's business what he and Lutui were discussing. As Somers persisted, Anderson lost his temper and shouted about how he had put his "freaking heart and soul" into the team and that there was nothing funny about it.
Anderson was low-key and contrite as he opened his weekly news conference Wednesday. The blowup came after the Cardinals lost their seventh consecutive game, 27-6 in a flat, listless performance against the 49ers.
The pressure has been on Anderson since coach Ken Whisenhunt named him the Cardinals' starter during the preseason, then released Kurt Warner's heir apparent. At one point, Whisenhunt benched Anderson but went back to him after rookie Max Hall struggled mightily. Whisenhunt said Tuesday that Anderson will start Sunday against the Rams.
Whisenhunt has brushed aside the smiling on the sideline, saying it's unfair to interpret anything from a few seconds of video. On Wednesday, Whisenhunt repeated his praise of Anderson's work ethic. Anderson entered the eason completing 52.9 percent of his passes for his NFL career. He's at 52.8 percent this season. Among starting quarterbacks, only Panthers rookie Jimmy Clausen lower at 50 percent.
When asked how he manages to stay calm, Whisenhunt replied: "You need to stay even and not lose your temper. Trust me, I get upset, players have seen that from me, it's tough. There's no way around it, we're working to correct it every day, and hopefully, we'll get it done.
Arizona's offense ranks 31st out of 32 NFL teams, and as always is the case with quarterbacks, Anderson receives the brunt of the criticism from fans. Anderson said he tries to avoid his critics. Running back Tim Hightower said he felt for his quarterback over the last two days.