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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: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Lienart stinks and so does Anderson......so who cares!



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:56 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Trojan *ussy? Really? Coming from an Ohio ST. fan no less. Since USC has whooped that buckeye ass recently, I'd guess that makes you *ussy whooped.



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Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:50 pm
 

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Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:49 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Anderson was great when his receivers were healthy.  Terrible when Jurevicious and Winslow fell off.  And Stallworth!  It's not just a coincidence that Anderson's best preseason performance was with the 1ST STRING against 1ST STRINGERS and Leinart's best was with the 2ND STRING vs. 2ND STRINGERS!!!!!!!!!!
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considering that Matt had only played 13 plays with the first team in his previous two preseason games before the switch that is hardly enough to judge him on especially since it is a well known fact that Whizenhunt doesn't give out any of the playbook during preseason. The Cards have been 3-13 the past four preseaons. Last Monday night the O-line play was terrible the first team runningbacks had -4 yards when they were in and Matt still completed passes without getting picked off he also had less than three seconds to get the ball out to his rookie WR who was still running his routes before he was getting sacked.  Whizenhunt also made changes to the o-line before the Bears game and they played better than they did the two weeks before.




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I don't get why the "chemistry" isn't there.  Unless, Leinhart has had a hard time adjusting to being #2 since winning a national championship and leading the team to another.  When you've been #1 and have to ride the pine to "learn" more, it can get to a person's head if he's not in a right frame of attitude.  What did he want, the Detroit Lions?  Sure, maybe he starts there right away but Detroit wasn't the team 'Zona was three years ago. 

I say give the guy a chance to go through a season as the starter.  They can't just cut their #1 pick of three years ago.  He has to have more time than one off season to "gel" with this offense. 



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

It's pretty easy to throw the ball to RBs all the time. He is throwing 80% or something like that. He is also under 10 ypc. That just shows how little a threat he is to stretch the field. These games don't matter in the standings, but if they didn't matter they wouldn't play them. Rosters wouldn't be adjusted if these games didn't matter. Players who seemed to be in line for lots of playing time wouldn't be looking for work right now if this time didn't matter. Coaches want to see how well a player is going to handle a game time situation and how is brain is working in a game. The Cardinals want to be a running team with a passing attack but it become pretty hard to open up lanes for a running back when you aren't attempting to throw the ball down the field. Defenders are playing down hill on you the whole game and things get very congested. As a niner fan I saw what a QB who will never throw the ball down the field can do for you. I would sacrifice some completion % for running lanes all day. 



Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Anderson was great when his receivers were healthy.  Terrible when Jurevicious and Winslow fell off.  And Stallworth!  It's not just a coincidence that Anderson's best preseason performance was with the 1ST STRING against 1ST STRINGERS and Leinart's best was with the 2ND STRING vs. 2ND STRINGERS!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

People keep bringing up the short passes why is that such a bad thing when ML has been so accurate with it and accurate without his starting WRs they are still producing touchdowns - ML has no interceptions. I am pretty sure Joe Montana and Jerry Rice had decent NFL careers with short to medium range passes.  I like Derek Anderson the person but I have watch Browns games where he creates game changing turnovers and throws longer passes right to defenders and his receivers are nowhere to be found.  No one has brought this up but in his entire career with the Browns Anderson has always had two Pro-Bowl receivers and still could not produce wins.  In 2007 he had Braylon Edwards and Josh Cribbs, 2008 he had Braylon Edwards and Josh Cribs and for half of 2009 he had Edwards and the entire season he had Josh Cribbs who went to the Pro Bowl last year because apparently when given the ball, he can do well because he had insane kick return and punt return numbers last year however Cribbs only had one receieving TD last year.  Cribbs should have been Anderson's best friend and go to guy but he never was.  Why people want to give Anderson the keys to the castle is crazy to me. 




Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:18 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

1. it was in his second year.

2. He played Arena Football for three years before the NFL.

So, I'd say it took him 4 years so become the NFL QB we know him as .  . .



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Even though I'm fresh off watching both Leinart and Anderson dismantle my hapless Bears, both are terrible. Anderson couldn't hit the ground if he threw a ball out of a tree. Leinart is afraid to throw the ball over five yards. Whisenhunt seems like a pretty good football coach...way too smart to fall for the DA experience. Put in tapes of him in 2009. Yikes. There's no way - NO WAY - he goes into the regular season with Anderson and someone named Skelton. None. Zero. Not in that horse's ass division.


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