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Leinart sitting down

Posted on: August 26, 2010 3:39 pm


NASHVILLE -- The Arizona Cardinals will start Derek Anderson at quarterback in Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

Don't automatically think it's the end of Matt Leinart.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is good at using the preseason to motivate players, and this is another one of those instances. He made the announcement here after the Cardinals practice at Vanderbilt University Thursday.

Whisenhunt wants to see more fire from Leinart. By sitting him -- Leinart will take over in the second quarter with the starters -- this is that chance. He also made it clear this isn't a decision on who will be his starter

Neither Leinart nor Anderson has lit it up this summer in camp, and neither played well in Monday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. But Leinart hasn't been nearly as a bad as he's been portrayed. The odds are that he still starts -- if he comes out of this change by making it a positive.

Leinart has to show Whisenhunt and the rest of the team that he is the man for the job. It's more than just with his play. There's the passion, the leadership, the desire to be a success.

If he can show that in his backup role, he will open as the starter at quarterback in the regular season. If he flops, and Anderson plays well, you just might see a change. If that happens, Leinart's career as a starter could be hanging in the balance.

I say he responds and Leinart will be the starter on opening day and the Cardinals will be the team to beat in the NFC West.


Category: NFL

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:25 pm

Leinart sitting down

Leinart will not play any better then he has in the past.  He may indeed start because there is nobody else, but he is not going to "wake up" all the sudden.  Get real Prisco!!!

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:19 pm

Leinart sitting down

I was thinking the same exact thing when i read that sentence

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:37 pm

Leinart sitting down

Skelton?? Why are we giving any credence to a quarterback from Fordham? The Cardinals have a top college rookie in Max Hall who played for a top 15 ranked college football team in BYU. He won big games last year against Oklahoma, Utah, and Oregon State (bowl game). He played in a pro style offense and is a mature player. He has played well in the preseason and can be a great QB. Give him a shot before Skelton.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 11:19 am

Leinart sitting down

At this point, there's only one thing Ken Whisenhunt can do to cover himself about Leinart: checkdown. Luckily, he has the players to do do that and lessen Matt's load: Tim Hightower and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Personnaly, I'm not to worried about the offense. Even with Anquan Boldin's departure, the Cardinals still have one helluva WR corps. Coupled with a solid O-line, that should be enough to cover up the deficiencies at QB... for a certain amount of time that is. Because let's be honest here, the playoffs have more than exposed their inefficiency on defense and now that the unit has lost both Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle, it's certainly not Leinart (poor arm strenght and very questionable commitment) or Derek Anderson (big arm but virtually no accuracy) who will maintain their team in close contests. Well, they better hope John Skelton reveals himself as the 2010 Draft steal for the birds...

Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2010 9:35 am

Leinart sitting down

In the Packers/Colts game last night, Packers backup QB Matt Flynn played one quarter, plus one play in the 4th quarter.  He was 8/13 (62%) for 80 yards, 2 TDs, 0 ints, and a passer rating of 118.  His first drive, starting the second half against a mixture of Colts starters and backups likely to make the team, went 15 plays and set up a field goal.  During that drive, Flynn completed a 7-yard pass on 3rd and 6, a 14-yard pass on 3rd and 8, and a 10-yard pass on 3rd and 5.  The Packers are obviously trying to groom him for a trade next off-season.  I think it's Matt Hasselbeck all over again.  I don't think he's quite ready to be a starter in the NFL.  On the other hand, he'd likely be an upgrade right now for the Cardinals.  I'm sure the Cardinals and Packers will at least have the conversation.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 6:39 am

Leinart sitting down

Derek Anderson is a better player. Matt Leinart will never amount to much in the NFL. He is weak between the ears, and somewhat of a girly man. His only claim to fame is being pushed into the endzone by Reggie Bush.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:17 am

Leinart sitting down

How many other starting quarterbacks are losing their jobs potentially?  Hasselbeck, Orton, Tavaris Jackson lost his to the original starter. Except for Orton. After a solid season (he has improved every single year), and with the likes of Quinn and Tebow as his competition, Orton will start as long as he's healthy.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:32 am

Leinart sitting down

If he flops? He already has.

Leinart is poised to join the illustrious ranks of previous QB Heisman trophy winners like Chris Wienke, Jason White, and Eric Crouch.

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:59 pm

Leinart sitting down

Yes Prisco Leinart will show his leadership and passion for the game all of a sudden.  He didn't when his job was taken the first time.  How many other starting quarterbacks are losing their jobs potentially?  Hasselbeck, Orton, Tavaris Jackson lost his to the original starter.  These guys are all on the well maybe pile.  Leinart was handed over the club and lost it again.  Trent Edwards is the closest player in this situation and he was not named the starter... Bye, bye Matt.
Hope the Cards play well and keep the rivalry alive, but I doubt it.

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:56 pm

Leinart sitting down

If it was purely a move to motivate, wouldn't it be a threat to pull him early if he doesn't perform?  This seems like an attempt to see if Anderson can perform because Coach Wiz doesn't think Matty Beerbong can get it done.  
"Leinart hasn't been nearly as bad as he's been portrayed"?!  His longest completion is 16 yards and he got Fitz hurt by staring him down for so long, who didn't know he was throwing to him?  
The Cards don't have a QB on the roster who will get it done this year.  The rookies have potential, but can't do it this year.  Both Leinart and Anderson haven't shown any ability to lead this team.
Gonna be a long year, I'm afraid

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