Derek Anderson to Start Cardinals' 3rd Pre-Season Game

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced that Derek Anderson will be the starting quarterback for their pre-season game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

Whisenhunt characterized as simply flipping the script from last week, where Matt Leinart got the start, but few in the media appear to be buying it.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports that the coaches are curious to see how Leinart responds to this, while ESPN's Mike Sando thinks it'll be difficult for Leinart to recover from this demotion.

ProFootballTalk.com received a tip that not only would Anderson start this week's game against the Bears, but that Leinart was actively being shopped to the Seattle Seahawks and Leinart's college coach, Pete Carroll.

While I wouldn't be surprised if Leinart squanders an opportunity to be an NFL starting quarterback, I'm willing to take Whisenhunt at his word, and view this as part of the scripted approach to the pre-season. The Cardinals' offense is throwing the ball twice as much as they're running it this pre-season, and that will not be the case, no matter which quarterback is under center in September.

As for the Seahawks rumor, I'm not buying it.

Pete Carroll has shown, via LenDale White and Lawrence Jackson, that any and all USC scholarships have expired. I'm also highly skeptical of Whisenhunt trading a quarterback who has been in his system for four years to a division rival, or going with John Skelton and Max Hall as the back-ups to a statuesque quarterback who has looked fairly shaky himself this summer, and has a questionable injury background.

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