Derek Anderson Has His “Blow-Up On A Reporter” Moment (Video)
Those who decided to gut it out and watch the final quarter of the San Francisco 49ers blowout win over the Arizona Cardinals likely witnessed ESPN commentator and former NFL head coach John Gruden chew out Cards quarterback Derek Anderson for laughing with offensive lineman Deuce Lutui on the sideline as his team trailed 24-6.
And much to the chagrin of Anderson, that wasn’t the last that we would hear of this incident.
During his post-game press conference, a reporter asked Anderson, “Why was something funny when you were down 18 points in the fourth quarter?” That question was enough to spark the latest sports press-conference blow-up.
Anderson was initially adamant in his denial that he had been laughing on the sideline, until he realized that everyone had witnessed it. Hasn’t he learned anything from Mark Sanchez? When you are a starting quarterback in the NFL, the cameras are always watching you, whether you are on the field, or on the sideline.
Anderson then proceeded to turn things on the reporter, asking him if he thought it was funny, insisting that he puts his “heart and soul” into the game of football every week. And if that is in fact the case, it didn’t appear to show last night as D.A. completed a disappointing 16 of his 35 pass attempts for 196 yards and an interception. Perhaps he and Lutui were sharing a chuckle over that embarrassing stat line. Or maybe they were simply amused with Anderson’s laughable seven touchdowns, nine interceptions and 68.2 passer rating on the season.
Either way, things only seem to be getting worse for a Cardinals team that went from Super Bowl contender with Kurt Warner at quarterback, to laughing stock of the league with Anderson at the helm. Looks like the joke is actually on him.
Here is a look at Anderson’s press conference blow-up.
And for those who missed it, here is Gruden chewing D.A. out on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.