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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. 
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Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

jfl....you obviously haven't watched a Cardinals game. The staff and team are down on him because he checks down EVERY throw. He doesn't read his progressions and checks down right away. Thus, the 80% completion percentage. The two times all preseason he went vertical they were wildly off the mark. He also is why Fitzgerald hurt his knee as he hesitated on the throw and led Fitz in to the hit. He has been given oppurtunities and has to this point failed to take advantage.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:24 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

See what happens when a player gets paid more at the college level, they just lose all desire to play the game.Tongue out



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:18 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Nah, he's a star in Div III but a bum in the NFL. Anyone remember John Huarte, Notre Dame, '64 or Gary Beban, UCLA, '67? Heisman winners, all, but bums in the NFL. Steve Sarkisian worked wonders with Leinert (and Carson Palmer before him) at USC, and Sark may do the same this year with Jake Locker at Washington. Leinert is a pretty boy with lots of money and the lure of California girls callin', but he's no starting NFL QB. If you keep him around, he'll go home with his millions and a still-healthy body, and we'll go home empty, again.



Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Leinart does not fit the Cardinals offense.  The Cardinals greatest strength is their wide receivers and stretching the field.  Leinhart does not push the ball down field enough to utilize the Cardinals receivers.  I do believe this is Fitz's contract year and the Cardinals are not going into the season with a qb that can't get the ball to the wide outs.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Leinart is not going anywhere...yet

Worst case scenario for Matt Leinart is that he is demoted to third string quarterback behind the rookie quarterback that the Arizona Cardinals keep (either Max Hall or John Skelton). There is no way Ken Wisenhunt has two rookies backing up Derek Anderson. That would be a bigger roll of the dice than that onside kick in the Super Bowl.

What this all screams out for, however, is a cap on rookie's salaries in the new collective bargaining agreement.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Makes me wonder who was a bigger bust: Joey Harrington who at least started 3 years, or Leinhart who couldn't hold the starting spot for more than a few weeks.  Of course, Leinhart had Warner on his heals while Harrington was (sadly) by far the best QB on his team at the time.  But still, 1st round draft pick.  Has only started a handful games.  And now he might not even make the team.  Pretty sad.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:14 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

2 Things.  First, put yourself in his shoes.  You are told by the coaches after last season when Warner retires.  Hey, this is your job to lose.  Go out and prove yourself and we will give you a second chance.  Well, based on his numbers, he has done that.  Then after you do so, you are told you didn't cut it in the clubhouse?  You would be smoking _issed too!  Wisenhunt does a good job, but he is wrong here.  At least this early, the guy took care of business in the pre-season, you have to give him a shot.  Secondly, the clubhouse not trusting him is no surprise, the coach apparently doesn't either.  This tends to direct the clubhouse as the coach is the overall leader. 

Secondly, Leadership comes over time, there is no way someone in their right mind could expect this guy after a struggling start to his young career to have gained "leadership" status over an off-season and pre-season, hello!  There is not a game here that matters, and winning a game that matters can change alot.

Really, I think he will start, I have a feeling knowing how Wisenhunt works, this could be a motivation thing.  Maybe not, but I have seen this stuff before.  It very well could be.  As far as the article goes.  LOL, there is no way Arizona cuts this guy.  One, you want something for him, like a veteran QB maybe?  You are just not going to go into an NFL season with a veteran who is shaky and doesn't know the system and 2 rookies.  Just not going to happen.




Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:10 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Hello Seattle anda coach that has faith in him... Carroll has no loyalty for his old USC players: Taylor Mays blowing up at him after the draft should demonstrate that.  Their focus is on bringing up Whitehurst atm.

In any case, they won't cut Leinart.  This is probably an attempt to give him an attitude-adjusting wake-up call, if anything.


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Since: Oct 19, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:00 pm
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