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Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Regrets

Did the Cards screw up the QB position this offseason?

FLAGSTAFF AZ - AUGUST 02:  Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome on August 2 2010 in Flagstaff Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FLAGSTAFF AZ - AUGUST 02: Head coach Ken Whisenhunt of the Arizona Cardinals during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome on August 2 2010 in Flagstaff Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Now that the Arizona Cardinals QB situation is a full blown disaster, Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves have to wish they could go back in a time machine and redo this offseason. 

If Derek Anderson plays halfway decent in his time with the first team against the Chicago Bears, it would be a shock if he wasn't named the starting QB. 

If you read my last column, you know my thoughts on Anderson as a quarterback. A quick synopsis: he stinks. 

To expand upon why Derek Anderson doesn't work as a starting QB in this league, if you turn the ball over in the NFL, you don't win football games. The last two years, the Cardinals were 0-5 in games when Kurt Warner threw more interceptions than touchdowns. With Derek Anderson as your starting QB, I guarantee there are at least five games this season he throws more picks than touchdowns.

The Cardinals had the opportunity before the NFL Draft to acquire Donovan McNabb, a proven veteran quarterback who had led the Philadelphia Eagles to numerous NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. 

The Redskins were in a similar position as the Cardinals this offseason. They had a QB they drafted in the first round with Jason Campbell, who they did not believe in, just like the Cards with Matt Leinart. The difference between the Cardinals and the Redskins is the Skins had the guts to admit it and went out and got McNabb.

The Cardinals pretended like they were fine with Leinart and did nothing but add Anderson and draft John Skelton

The Skins didn't even have to give up the farm to acquire McNabb -- the 37th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a third or fourth round pick this year. They gave up on him on those terms within their division!

Common sense tells me if the Cards made a similar offer or one giving the Eagles a little less value, the Eagles would have moved him to Arizona to not have to deal with McNabb twice a season.   

If the Cardinals bomb this season because of below average quarterback play, for the first time in his tenure with Arizona Ken Whisenhunt will be the one to blame for not pushing for the Cards to get a solution at the National Football League's most important position.