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Plugging the Holes: NFCWestImportant offseason questions about the Cardinals, Rams, 49ers andSeahawksOriginally Published: February 16, 2011By Vince Verhei | Football OutsidersJerry Lai/US PresswireDerek Anderson got a shot to start for the Cardinals, but wasn't the answer at QB.Last Wednesday, Football Outsiders began its Plugging the Holes series, in which it targets the offseason issues facing each team in the NFL by division. Vince Verhei continues with the NFC West.In this edition, Outsiders looks at the Cardinals' quarterback situation, the Rams' receivers, Alex Smith's future with the 49ers and the Seahawks' run defense.Arizona Cardinals: Who is going to play quarterback?Ken Whisenhunt entered the 2010 season with Matt Leinart as his starting quarterback, but for whatever reason coach and player could not coexist, and so Leinart was shown the door during the preseason. Apparently Whisenhunt was more comfortable with a one-year wonder and a pair of undrafted rookies than he was with Leinart. What could go wrong?As it turns out, everything. Derek Anderson, the one-year wonder, played as he always has outside of 2007 -- poorly. He completed only 52 percent of his passes, with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. That's right in line with his career numbers (53 percent, 53 touchdowns, 55 interceptions). He was so bad that he was subsequently benched for Max Hall, an undrafted rookie out of BYU. Hall showed why he went undrafted, completing half his passes with just one touchdown and six interceptions before going on injured reserve with a separated shoulder. Anderson returned to the lineup, but suffered a concussion in Week 12 and did not play again. Instead the Cardinals turned to rookie fifth-round pick, John Skelton of Fordham, who completed only 48 percent of his passes. By the end of the season the Cards were being quarterbacked by Richard Bartel, who was fresh off a stint as a backup (repeat, backup) in the UFL.(Leinart, meanwhile, made a reported $600,000 with the Houston Texans without throwing a single pass. As revenge goes, it's not Brett Favre leading the Minnesota Vikings to a win over the Green Bay Packers in his return to Lambeau Field, but it'll have canada goose parka to do.)It's unrealistic to expect any of Arizona's quarterbacks to improve in 2011. The Cardinals' best bet to upgrade will likely be the draft, when they pick fifth. The problem is that the first four teams all have question marks at the position. Do the Carolina Panthers believe Jimmy Clausen is the long-term answer? Is new Denver Broncos coach John Fox committed to Tim Tebow? Are the Buffalo Bills satisfied with the mediocrity of Ryan Fitzpatrick? Are the Cincinnati Bengals going to lose Carson Palmer to trade or retirement? To read the rest of Football Outsiders' analysis of the Arizona Cardinals, plus answers to key questions for every other team in the NFC West, you must be an ESPN Insider. Welcome!We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage. 1 Year Membership - $3.33 a monthIncludes a 1 YEAR subscription to ESPN The Magazine - Over 62% off the monthly price! 2 Year Membership - $2.50 a monthIncludes a 2 YEAR subscription to ESPN The Magazine - Over 72% off the monthly price!With Super Bowl XLV in the books, Football Outsiders starts looking ahead to 2011 and the biggest issues every NFL team will be facing.February 9: Plugging the Holes - AFC EastBuffalo Bills: How can they fix the run defense?Miami Dolphins: Is Chad Henne getting a bad rap?New England Patriots: Was the defensive improvement at the end of the season a mirage? New York Jets: What happened to the third-down defense? February 10: Plugging the Holes - AFC WestDenver Broncos: Who will play quarterback ... and how?Kansas City Chiefs: Can Jamaal Charles become the next Chris Johnson?Oakland Raiders: Will Tom Cable's firing delay the long-awaited turnaround?San Diego Chargers: Will A.J. Smith play "Chicken" again?February 11: Plugging the Holes - AFC SouthHouston Texans: Do they have the players to run Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense?Indianapolis Colts: Who's going to play with Peyton Manning?Jacksonville Jaguars: Can anybody here play defensive back?Tennessee Titans: What kind of team and quarterback does Mike Munchak want?February 14: Plugging the Holes - AFC NorthBaltimore Ravens: Can Billy Cundiff possibly have this many touchbacks again?Cincinnati Bengals: How much does Carson Palmer have left?Cleveland Browns: How will Pat Shurmur's offense differ from Brian Daboll's?Pittsburgh Steelers: Could age prevent another run at the Super Bowl?February 15: Plugging the Holes - NFC EastDallas Cowboys: Is it time to move on from Terence Newman?New York Giants: How can the second-half struggles under Tom Coughlin stop?Philadelphia Eagles: Should the Eagles trade Kevin Kolb?Washington Redskins: Can we please have a quarterback?February 16: Plugging the Holes - NFC WestArizona Cardinals: Who is going to play quarterback?St. Louis Rams: Can anyone around here catch a football?San Francisco 49ers: Is there any hope for Alex Smith? Seattle Seahawks: Can Red Bryant return to health? February 17: Plugging the Holes - NFC SouthAtlanta Falcons: Where's the speed?Carolina Panthers: Is Jimmy Clausen a franchise quarterback?New Orleans Saints: Is an excellent defense around the corner?Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Can the Bucs be the 2011 Packers?February 18: Plugging the Holes - NFC NorthChicago Bears: How can the offense cut down on sacks?Detroit Lions: What was real: the 2-10 start or the 4-0 finish?Green Bay Packers: How do they sustain success?Minnesota Vikings: What is the timetable for recovery?