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Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:38 pm
Matt Leinart wonders why he's not the starter in Arizona, but he has bigger concerns. He might not make the team.

I'm serious. People in and around the Cardinals' ballclub tell me that the former No. 1 pick might be cut, not because he hasn't completed a high percentage of passes -- because he has -- but because the players there have no faith in the guy and don't believe they can win with him.

If that is in fact the case, it's over. He not only won't make it as the team's starter; he won't make it, period.

Leinart complained that he's outplayed Derek Anderson, and he has -- if you're talking pure numbers. Leinart completed 82.6 percent of his passes this summer to Anderson's 58.5 and has a higher passer rating (110.3 to 70.3). But several players on the Cardinals say they have more confidence in Anderson than Leinart, who sat behind Kurt Warner the past two seasons. So that pushes him to the backup spot, but then the Cards have a couple of rookies --  Max Hall and John Skelton -- who look good enough to keep.

Except for one thing: If one is released he almost surely is claimed.

That brings us back to Leinart, and why the Cards would go into a season with two rookies as backups. The reason, people close to the Cards say, is that he might not be a positive influence in the No. 2 spot and might hold Hall and/or Skelton back. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has said the decision will be based on more than just stats, with the head coach citing "chemistry" as a key component, and that's where Leinart comes up short. Morever, there's a feeling that the Cards have given the guy plenty of time to prove he can make it at this level and are so frustrated that he isn't farther along they're contemplating the improbable.

I'm not saying Leinart gets cut, but I am saying it's a possibility. Matt Leinart should be worried -- about a lot more than just the starter's job. 
Category: NFL

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:47 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Matt Leinart?   Hmmm...what comes to mind?   Gino Torretta.  Todd Marinovich.  Jamarcus Russell. 

The Cardinals HAVE given Leinart chances to be the starter.  Anyone who follows the game should realize that, and I'm not a Cards fan.  They named him starter and gave him the ball before, and then they replaced him.

Derek Anderson a one year wonder?  I think it's ironic that the same bunch of hypocrites who think Leinart should get another chance dismiss Anderson so easily.  Shouldn't one take into account what Derek Anderson AND Brady Quinn had around them in Cleveland as contributing to their inability there?  Leinart had chances with Fitz and Boldin, and still couldn't get it done.  Personally, I'd love to see them keep Leinart and go 2-14.  I think their best chances are in another direction.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:14 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Don't cut Leinart?  Let's analyze this! are saying....without Leinart they will collapse and win no more than 3 games all year, but with Leinart they can win one more.  GOOD ARGUEMENT! 

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:48 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

To be fair though, Anderson has had at least two Pro-Bowl WRs the three years he played in Cleveland and the Browns have posted really bad records.  Anderson was also released by Mike Holmgren who has developed good QBs if Anderson was worth developing Holmgren would not have released him. 

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:44 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Seeing that USC has the best NFL pipeline all time and the previous head coach had his QB's playing in a pro-style system and not some gimmic offense there is a reason why USC QBs have been highly coveted by the NFL the past few years.  They have read defenses, taken snaps from under center and have played for a former NFL head coach.  It isn't a guarantee they are going to be great but the NFL doesn't have to draft them and then teach them how to read a defense and drop back to pass. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:39 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Hmmmmm....who to chose???  A college star that is an NFL bust, getting beat out of a job by virtually everyone at his position or a former NFL all star that played poorly in Cleveland because he was afraid of losing his head on every play...Peyton Manning and Drew Brees would play as bad as DA last year if they had that Cleveland offensive line.  Put him into a good system and see what he can do.  ML has done absolutely nothing good as an NFL qb.  DA has been an all star with a crap team...that counts in my book.  He has the talent, he just needs to switch to a pocket passer ready to strike from a marked man getting killed on every pass play like he was in Cleveland.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:37 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

It kills me, when I read a post about QB's, RB's, DL, OL, etc, etc.... having little playing time.  If you watch them when they do play, then watch them when they play again, and they don't improve on their mistakes.... that's the key.  Each and every time that I watch this kid play, it's the same.... over and over and over!  Mistake after mistake with little to no improvement will get him booted out of the league.  One man's opinion.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:34 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Leinart cares more about being a Hollywood A lister with a playmate on each arm then he does about being a football player. I say good riddence. The curse of Bidwell remains! Go Rams!

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:29 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

TREZEDAILY your funny dude, try again......Warner won the Super Bowl in his rookie season? It was his 08-09 season (his 4th year there)...and he tried to play professional football since '94 with GB but got dumped and then played arena football till Rams picked him up.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:26 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut


Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:07 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut


I completely agree...Matt is David Carr with half the talent...Going to USC shouldn't garuntee you a starting NFL job...He was ok in college, and terrible in the NFL a la Rick Mirer.  I don't understand why he is getting all this support for basically doing nothing...If his name was Josh Johnson and he didn't go to USC, nobody would be whining that he isn't the starter.

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