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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: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:33 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Weak comparison.  Rodgers can at least throw an out more than 10 yards downfield.  Leinart will be out of the NFL in 2 years.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:32 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Leinart and Quinn is actually a fair comparison.  Both were QBs of high profile college programs that had them surrounded by exceptional talent.  Success in college does not always translate to success in the pros.  You always hear of the difference in the speed of the game from college to NFL.  NFL QBs need that special something that instinctively allows them to read defenses more quickly.  They also need to be leaders to have success.  The entire offense needs to buy into them being the QB for there to be team success.  There is no way Matt Leinart, despite his "numbers", will EVER be a winner in the NFL.  Quinn at least still has a possible shot because of his leadership qualities, but Leinart is a waste of God-given talent.  Too bad, I was pulling for him when he came out of USC.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:32 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Leinart has created this problem for himself.  More worried about the Scottsdale Nightlife than being an NFL QB.  He does not have the tools to play in the NFL and does not have the guts to be a winner.  He has created a buzz int the Cardinal locker room and the Buzz is not a good one.  Anderson has both a higher ceiling and lower floor but WR's can live with a QB that can at least throw it far enough for them to even have a chance.  To compare Leinart and his locker room presence to that of Rodgers in Green Bay is Foolish.  Rodgers had little experience before starting a game where Leinart continually throws to his check down even though this is his 4th year in the offense.  Leinart will soon be hanging with Jamarcus Russell in the land of College Hero turned Pro Zero!

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:31 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Lolololol!!!  Yeah, and please leave D.A. alone.  He fits their offense alot better and has starting experience (2007 Pro Bowl).  You keep the two rookies and let 'er rip.  Anderson just can't get completions consistently, but is Zona's offense designed to be a prolific pass offense? I think not.  A Bill Parcell's kindergarden for Quarterbacks type it is, it's true, it's true.  Kurt Warner WAS in fact a veteran going into Rams camp for the first time.  I'm glad somebody pointed that out before me.  Wasn't Joe Flacco the first rookie QB to win two playoff games anyway...?

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:21 pm

Should Leinart be Cut..... Seattle or SF!!!

As a Bruin I hate Leinart, but this is not good going into this season.  I like Skelton and he is the future, but Anderson has been given chances and failed.  Leinart was injured and Kurt took over.  Leinart knows the offense, he gives the Cards a chance at 9-7.  Anderson / Skelton see the Browns record last year.  Actually, the running game hasn't looked good either.  The defense hasn't stopped a good offense.  16-0 versus Houston and then against the Titans.  Cards 2010 with Leinart 9-7, without 3-13, Whiz get ready for your first losing season!!!!  Maybe because of this whole pre-season situation!! Make a Decision, quit being on the fence.  You can do this with the O-Line, but QB's need confidence.  I don't think any of the QB's are benefiting from this indecision.  I hope he waits until the night before the Rams game!!  I then hope Bradford lights up the Cards!!

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:16 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Just like Tom Brady right?

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:13 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I agree to the point that Max Hall and John Skelton have both looked solid in their playing time.  Derek Anderson seemed to really gel with the first offense.  I wouldn't read into this latest preseason game too much, I'm a Chicago Bears fans and I think it could be a long season for us, especially on the defense end. Both looked good, but Matt Leinart has had way more time in this offense and you would think he might be able to make an Aaron Rodgers-like transition.  It's got to be somewhat disappointing for Cardinals fans because they did spend a lot of time and money on this guy.  
In my opininon, a change of scenery would be beneficial for Leinart.  He does have the talent and should have the experience, with him being Kurt Warner's understudy for several years.  I think he needs a team with some receiving talent and probably more of a running game.  Having the ability to play action can make him that more effective.  I know they have a glut of quarterbacks right now, but the Minnesota Vikings would be a good fit for him to try and replay his USC days.  Adrian Peterson could be Reggie Bush, and the Vikings probably have a more talented receiving corps.  That added onto the fact that their defense is still going to be formidible next year when Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson come off the books.
That may sound silly, but Matt Leinart does have talent and may even have a future with an NFL team.  In the right system this guy can succeed.

Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:09 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Other than the typical Shmuckeye fan who is upset about losing to the Men of Troy, let’s be serious.

I don’t know what else Matt can do and why the media is all over this guy. He has had fewer opportunities and done more with those opportunities than any other new starter.

I would like to know who these players are that have no confidence in him and learn what their concerns are with Matt. Is this that they love Anderson or that they miss Warner. Warner is a HOF guy and there is not another one of those out there to pick up.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:06 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I live in Arizona and I am a Cardinals fan. I am not a Leinart fan, but I say give the guy 3 games to prove whatever he is. Its not like we are going to win anything big this year anyway.

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:05 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I've been hoping for this since this worthless excuse for a quarterback was drafted.  Sure, the guy had a great college career...who wouldn't with the team he was on?  One of, if not the greatest offensive lines college football has ever seen, ridiculous wideouts, as well as running backs, and a phenomenal defense.  What else could you possibly need to be as dominant as the Trojans were?  Now enter his pro career.  Sure, he hasn't had all that much playing time, his fault mind you. Number one,  the guy is simply not a leader whatsoever.  Last time I checked, that is kind of a big deal if you intend on being a pro quarterback.  Number two, he has a certain lady part for an arm when it comes to arm strength.  I'll agree, he is very accurate, but so what?  You gotta throw that deep ball from time to time, and he/she simply can't.  Finally, number three.  His indecisiveness to get rid of the ball in a timely matter and his drop step takes WAY too long.  Sorry buddy, not in the NFL.  When a quarterback that was just brought in this year has already won over the locker room, that says quite a lot about your character Ms. Leinhart.  Not a team player whatsoever.  Send him to Seattle so he can reunite with his former "great" college coach.  Time to cut your losses AZ, this guy was a bust the moment you drafted and paid him.  Make some cap room for future football players.

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