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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: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:33 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

He's another Trojan *ussy.   Cut his A$$ now and move on.   *ussy.



Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Anderson...really?

The Cardinals should know what they have in Derek Anderson: a one-year wonder who has not played well since his lucky season a few years ago. In fact, saying he hasn't played well is very, very generous. Then you have Leinart, whose played relatively little and has surpassed Anderson in terms of performance in nearly every preseason game (everyone looks at the second game where they failed to make a first down in three drives, key phrase: THREE DRIVES). Destroying Matt Leinart's career over THREE DRIVES is not the way to go; if he's going to fail, at LEAST LET HIM FAIL THE RIGHT WAY. I see the same thing with Brady Quinn: people are so quick to dismiss him even though he's played very little. Since when did preseason become a barometer of success in the regular season?





Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:31 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I'd love to see the list of 8-10 QB's worse than Leinart. After this I wouldn't be surprised to see the looser of Anderson Leinart get cut. You love it when you have a battle to push your starter but the worst thing is to have a divided locker room and thats the only thing Leinart is trying to do. Chemistry is huge when it comes to football, if your teams not together it doesnt matter who you have at QB your not going to be successful.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

A lot of you people are out to lunch. Leinart deserves a chance. Many people who don't like Kurt Warner don't realize how much he was to this team. THEY WILL THIS YEAR. If Arizona cuts Leinart, I can see them having a total collpase this year--like winning 3 games all year. If Anderson doesn't work and they have to go to a rookie--they are toast. As it is, with or without Leinart, I predict that Arizona will have a total collapse this year: 4 wins max.




Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:28 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

It is unlikely that he would be cut but I highly doubt any team would give up more than a 6th round pick for him.  He is also the worst starting QB or at least tied with trent edwards.  I can see how his team can't rally around him.  He is not a leader.  Anderson is a better QB than him and everyone on the cards sees it.  Leinart is not a starting NFL QB and probably never will be.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Good hes a baby and stinks

I would love to see Leinart leave. He has shown nothing in regular season games  to even hint at being capable of being an NFL quarterback, a good preseason against third stringers proves nothing. Hes a cancer in the locker room and has been ever since he was drafted. He has done nothing for the franchise but cause problems, hes a premadona, mommas boy. I dont care how great you are playing you should never complain about not starting. The only thing you should worry about is doing your job and if the coach thinks you can do your job better than the other guy then great, if not then prove him wrong when your oppurtunity comes. Leinart deserves to go, he will never be a great quaterback and its just not worth it for the franchise to put up with his cry baby attitude. The Aaron Rogers analogy doesnt even compare, Aaron Rogers was a great quarteback waiting to happen and he never said a word about being the starter. Aaron Rogers kept his mouth shut and did his job and proved the nay sayers wrong, Leinart should have done the same.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:19 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Umm, yeah, Warner was a late bloomer genious....Not getting drafted, Barcelona Dragons, Iowa Barnstormers, Green Bay Packers practice squad, CUT, and then onto the Rams....and if that was his rookie season why didnt he win ROY??

Check your records bro and then come hang with the big boys....that is all.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:16 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Kurt Warner, a late bloomer?  Didn't he win a Super Bowl and lead the "Greatest Show on Turf" in his Rookie season?  And name 8 QB's that are worse than Linefart.  He is a wasted roster space.  There are high school QB's that can go through their progressions faster than Matt.  Let it go.  He won't get any better.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:05 pm
 

Really?

Coming from the biggest Kurt Warner fan ever, I would like everyone to get the hell off this guy's back! He has had a great pre-season (what like an 80-85% comp %?) and I would be pissed too if I am getting passed up by the likes of Derek Anderson. Kurt Warner is a HOF'er and I know the Cardinals made the right decision starting him and having them as their leader, but now you owe it to Leinart to give him atleast a year WITH FITZGERALD in the lineup to see if he can make any magic happen!

It has taken other QBs time to develop and they have gone onto good careers (see McNair, Brunell, and even Jeff Garcia and Kurt Warner who were late bloomers.)

Cutting him is ridiculous seeing that he is more talented then about 8-10 current starting QBs, and who knows how much more he could improve if given the reigns of the team?

Ridiculous article!



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:05 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Are you serious? For one thing, as a football player the only thing you should worry about is that starting job and how you'll perform in it, even when your third string. If I remember right the Green Bay Packers locker room didn't start off with a whole lot of confidence in Aaron Rodgers either, look how that turned out. Trust has to be earned. Matt Leinart struggled his first time around so of course everyones nervous but to say they would cut him is just plain stupid. You don't go into a season with three brand new QB's to your system when  you've got a guy whos learned it well. Use common sense before you write.


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