Panthers Should Bring in QB Derek Anderson

I was a little skeptical of whether or not the Panthers should pursue the recently released QB Derek Anderson considering some of his 2009 stats:

Games: 8; Starts: 7; 81 of 182 for 888 yards for a paltry 4.9 yards per completion. Add in 10 INT's to 3 TD's and a 42.1 rating and it's way uglier at second glance. Yet as I read his parting shot at the Cleveland fanbase I can't help but think this guy is worth a shot:

"The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner," Anderson wrote Tuesday in a terse e-mail when asked for a reaction to being released. "I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured.

"I know at times I wasn't great. I hope and pray I'm playing when my team comes to town and (we) roll them."

As it happens the Panthers will travel to Cleveland this year. Even if Anderson rides the bench this could be good entertainment from the! It might provide a little motivation for the offense as well. I have to say that is pretty bad to boo a guy that hurt on the field. I can understand if he never got over that.

Seriously though I think Anderson might be a good risk. He is still young, has a big arm and has PB experience. I bet he would find the Panther situation attractive as well. Now if they could just work out the money...

more thoughts after the jump...

Here's some comments on DA's (as they call him) release from SBN's Browns blog Dawgs by Nature:

All in all it was a wild ride with DA. Big arm, questionable decision making and for one afternoon against the Chiefs, feet of Fred Astaire.

So long DA, and remember your personal mantra, if you can't throw it as hard as you possibly can, it isn't worth throwing.

He sounds more and more like a younger Jake Delhomme. Here are some less flattering comments:

Nah nah nah nah. Nah nah nah nah. Hey hey hey… goooooodbye!

A little more substance in this one:

I remember sitting in the Dawg Pound during the Niners game that year and being pissed at all the people holding up "In Sorgi We Trust" signs. I put a lot of blame on DA for that. 2007 is kind of like buying a Porche but never being allowed to put gas into it. No prize without the juice.

So they missed out on Sorgi because of Anderson? I find that confusing at best.

Honestly I didn't see anything negative outside of the 40% completion percentage and INT's. Of course those things are important but you can't discount that times he was getting hit and hit hard. Like I said I think he's worth the risk, he's only 26 and has significant experience.

Anyone agree?





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