Found December 27, 2012 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
New England Patriots
Michigan State Spartans
TEMPE, ARIZ When the Cardinals name a starting quarterback each week, its wise to take the announcements with a grain of salt. As weve learned in the three seasons since Kurt Warner retired, each successive QB comprises no more than a grain in the ever-mounting pillar of failed replacements.
When coach Ken Whisenhunt handed the baton to recently signed Brian Hoyer for Sundays season finale in San Francisco, he insisted he wasnt just spinning the chamber in his season-long game of QB roulette.
I wouldnt put him in there just to play him and see what he is. This isnt a tryout, Whisenhunt said. I think he merited that based on the way he played in the game last weekend (against the Bears). It is an opportunity to see how he handles that with a week of practice.
There are two ways to view Whisenhunts comments. Hes either being kind to Hoyer, who was out of work for most of this season, or its an admission of how bad the two previous guys, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, were this season. Maybe its both.
Its no secret we havent gotten the production out of that position weve needed, Whisenhunt said. Weve got to get consistency at that position. This is an opportunity to see how Brian measures up.
But if youre expecting Hoyer to be the long-sought QB savior, dont hold your breath. Its questionable (at best) that he will even be with the club next season. And its doubtful that he will be able to showcase much to change the Cardinals minds against a talented and angry 49ers defense that is coming off a spanking in Seattle and is still hoping to secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.
What a good test and opportunity to go and play against those guys up in their place, Hoyer said.
Hoyer spent three seasons as a backup to Tom Brady in New England, but he was out of work for most of this season. The Steelers signed him when QB Ben Roethlisberger was injured, then released him three weeks later when Roethlisberger returned.
The way I kind of look at is my 10 weeks off was kind of like the summer, then I had a couple weeks of preseason, Hoyer said. Now Im in my sixth or seventh game.
Hoyer will be the fourth starter at quarterback for the Cardinals this year and the seventh to play in a game since Warner retired (Derek Anderson, Max Hall and Rich Bartel appeared in previous seasons). He takes over a 32nd-ranked offense that is minus its top two pass-catching tight ends (Todd Heap and Rob Housler), its starting left tackle (Levi Brown), its starting center (Lyle Sendlein) and one of its top two running backs (Ryan Williams).
In his career, Hoyer has completed 38 of 62 passes (61.3 percent) for 391 yards, a TD and two interceptions. He saw his first action of the season in the second half of Sundays 28-13 loss to the Bears, completing 11 of 19 passes for 105 yards with one interception and no TDs.
''He has a good knowledge of the game, good timing on his throws,'' Whisenhunt said. ''He did a good job in the game last week, making some accurate throws, some quick throws. Obviously the interception wasn't one of those, but it will be interesting to see how he stacks up with a week to prepare. I know he's going against a tough defense. It will be a tough situation, but it's a great time to evaluate him and see where he is.''
Its also a dream come true for the Michigan State product, who has waited four seasons to make his first NFL start.
''It's a crazy business, he said. I never thought it would come with the Arizona Cardinals in Week (17).
Neither did we, Brian. Neither did we.
Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
BEST OF MAXIM
IN NEED OF LOVING
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is known for his funny Twitter account, and he had quite a gem around Christmas.
Hoyer getting 1st career start just weeks after joining AZ...against SF (yikes) RT @kentsomers Hoyer to start in sf, whiz says— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) December 26, 2012I've been all over the Brian Hoyer news. From his trip to Pittsburgh to Arizona. The quarterback situation with the Cardinals is probably the worst we've seen in the NFL in a long time. Yes...
Brian Hoyer is expected to get his first NFL start this week after being claimed a few weeks ago by the Cardinals. We had said on the site that this move would be coming, because Hoyer is a gamer and they will want to see what he can do for them before the end of the season.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday the former Michigan State quarterback and New England backup will start...
According to Don Banks of SI.com, it looks like Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt will be fired after six seasons in the desert. General manager Rod Graves may also get fired or given a demotion instead. The Cardinals’ collapse after a 4-0 start this season is expected to lead to head coach Ken Whisenhunt and the team parting ways after six seasons, and general manager...
Arizona's Patrick Peterson is headed to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his two seasons in the NFL.
This one, he said, means more because he has been chosen as a cornerback. Last year, as a rookie, he made the Pro Bowl as a punt returner.
Patrick, as confident as they come in pro football, says he expected the selection and considers it a reward for the hard work he has...
The Arizona Cardinals have placed tight end Rob Housler on injured reserve and promoted wide receiver Kerry Taylor to the active roster.
Housler is the team's third-leading receiver with 45 catches for 417 yards and a touchdown. He injured his shoulder in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Taylor, who grew up in nearby Chandler, Ariz., and played for Arizona State...
It has been a long and grueling season for Darnell Dockett and the rest of the Arizona Cardinals. For many of the team’s players, Christmas likely served as a welcome distraction from a season in which they have lost 10 out of their last 11 games. Dockett, on the other hand, seemed like he was a bit lonely during the holiday season.
On Christmas night, Dockett took to Twitter to...
The Arizona Cardinals will give Brian Hoyer his first NFL start less than three weeks after the team claimed him off waivers from Pittsburgh.
Arizona running back Beanie Wells is using next week's game against San Francisco as an "audition for a job somewhere else."Fantasy Spin:It's pretty clear Wells wants out after another frustrating season for the listless Cardinals. Wells has been a fantasy disappointment this season (234 yards, five TD in eight games) but perhaps playing for a new team will rejuvenate him.
TEMPE, Ariz. Patrick Peterson was named to the 2012 NFC Pro Bowl roster on Wednesday, becoming the first Cardinal to earn Pro Bowl nods in each of his first two seasons since Vai Sikahema did it in 1986 and 87. He also joined Hall of Famer Rod Woodson as the only two NFL players ever to earn Pro Bowl selections as a returner and as a defensive player.
"It definitely solidifies...
Last week: 27 (+0)
Net points per drive: -0.34 (25th)
DVOA: -16.5% (26th)
Weighted DVOA: -23.8% (28th)
RE Calais Campbell: 1 sack and 3 quarterback hurries on 27 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 6 stops
QB Ryan Lindley: 17 of 30 for 141 yards and 1 interception, 2 batted pass, 2 drops, 69.7 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 8 of 32...
Arizona Cardinals (5-10) at San Francisco 49ers (10-4-1)
It’s usually a smart thing to take well coached teams off a loss. They’re generally extra focused in a bounce back game the following week. Bill Belichick is 35-20 ATS off a loss since 2000. Mike McCarthy is 22-13 ATS in that spot since 2006. Mike Tomlin is 17-13 ATS in that spot since 2007. Sean Payton is 20-12 ATS in...