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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
Comments

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:45 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Don't speak for all AZ fans. I know exactly what Leinart brings - a whole lot of expensive baggage.



Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:42 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

If you had read the blog a little more closely the reason that he may be cut is because the Cardinals don't want to risk losing their two rookie QB's that they like so much which has been the word out here in Phoenix for close to a week. I don't want to see them go either. I think I'm okay with cutting Leinart.



Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:25 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Why do you call him Leinhart when it's clearly printed Leinart in the article above? I have never understod why people think there's an h in there. I've heard multiple people call him Leinhart.  It's Leinart, dumbasses.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:44 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

HEy Warner was no spring chicken out off college,he put lots of years in football before playing in the nfl. ANd i can name 5 sucker qbs off the top of my head and so can you so i wont bother,give him a year to see what he can do,unlike Russel the usless if they release him it will come back to bite them in the ass.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:44 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Coming from a Buckeye fan. Beat them first then talk Sh**. You are an idiot



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:43 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I don't know if Anderson is going to be the answer, but Leinart isn't. His preseason numbers are based on bailing out, checking down and dumping short passes. He does not appear capable of leading or developing a premeir offense in the NFL, and if he cant do that, why hold on to him?



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:41 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Oh, by the way trezedail...Warner was 27 when he made it to the NFL. Late bloomer? Ya, I think that qualifies!



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:38 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

You just made yourself sound like a moron. Yes Warner was a late bloomer! Don't you pay attention or at least watch football? He played arena football for a few years before he came to the NFL. He still didn't get his chance until Trent Green tore his ACL. And as I recall, he had few decent players named Faulk, Bruce, and Holt. You are severly lacking in your NFL knowledge! LOL DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE MAKING DUMB POSTS!!!



Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:23 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Are you serious? First of all his track record is winning when given a complete opportunity. All he did at USC was win... And he never got a chance to be the starting QB with the full compliment that Kurt Warner had. I'm not saying that he's better than Warner because that would be ridiculous, but only because Warner has proven himself in this league already. Leinart really hasn't gotten the chance. I would be pissed too if I outplay someone for a job and the "cards,"--no pun intended--are already stacked against me. Leinart deserves a shot, a full year at the helm. The funny this is, while he'll have one of the best receivers in the game in Fitzgerald, he still won't have the same compliment Warner such as two elite receiver, a very serviceable 3rd wideout and an elite every down back. With that said, give the man a chance. The NFL has killed so many potential superstars by not giving them a fair shake. Start him or trade him to a team where he has a real chance at starting...



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:00 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

It's very obvious that Whisenhunt and Matt don't see eye to eye. Plus it takes a Coach that want to build a Team around a QB for that QB to be successful in the NFL. We've seen Top College QBs such as Matt, Russell, Quinn, and Simms (and his father Phil could not even help him be on a Team that Developing a Young QB was key.). It's not these QBs fault for not being Developed properly but the Pressure of a HeadCoach to Win by the Owner and Fans make it very Hard to Develop a QB. Most very Good QBs don't have a chance in the NFL, it's best to be a 2nd Round or 3rd Round Pick so you have that chance to pickup on the Passing Game in the NFL.


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