Derek Anderson blows up over sideline comedy

Blame Matt Leinart.

The Arizona Cardinals were pummeled 27-6 at home Monday night by the San Francisco 49ers, sending them to their fifth consecutive defeat in embarrassing fashion.

Most troubling might have been a moment when ESPN cameras caught quarterback Derek Anderson and guard Deuce Lutui enjoying a light moment on the sideline when the Cardinals were trailing by 18 points. It appeared the teammates were having a chuckle while the defense was on the field getting, well, overrun.

Afterward, Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers and Anderson discussed the subject in a postgame press conference. Anderson began yelling and then stormed away from the podium in Dennis Green fashion.

“It wasn’t funny,” Anderson said at first. “I wasn’t laughing about anything.”

Anderson was then told by Somers that cameras showed him laughing and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden commented on the sideline banter. Actually, Gruden was very critical of Anderson.

“That’s fine,” Anderson repeated multiple times. “I’m not laughing about it. You think this is funny, I take this (excrement) serious, real serious. I put my heart and soul into this (excrement) every single week. I’m just telling you right now what I do every single week. Every single week I put my freaking heart and soul into this. I study my ass off. I don’t run out there and laugh. It’s not funny. Nothing is funny to me. I don’t want to go out there on “Monday Night Football” and get embarrassed in front of everybody. I’m telling you right now, Deuce and I are talking.”

Somers asked him what the context of that conversation was and then Anderson stormed off.

“I’m done,” he said.

Meanwhile, the rest of the league is finding Anderson’s meltdown quite funny. Perhaps it’s time for the Cardinals to turn back to Max Hall. After all, they’ve lost five in a row. That’s no laughing matter.

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