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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: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:47 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Yeah, he's no Art Schlichter or any of those other banner qb's that are ex buckeyes. But then again I would be angry too if my team gets dominated every time they play Southern Cal!! No fat slow Wolverines on the Trojans.
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Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:39 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

His play isn't bad, it's his USC attitude....He thinks he's better than everyone else, but in the real world he's just a average QB with a lot of money.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:32 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Leinart was overrated at USC and he has been a disapointment in the NFL. I don't know if I would cut him, but I still don't think he will ever be ready to be a starter. He has been accurate but I just don't see the fire in him to be a leader. Who knows they thought the same thing about Eli Manning but he turned it around. I'm just a disgruntled Auburn fan that thinks he should of never been in the BCS championship. Overrated but I wouldn't cut him. Keep him on the bench.

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:31 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

thats funny!!! no way we trade Whiz for a 3rd Rd. draft choice... but you can have Rolle...

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:30 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

The poster didn't say there were 8-10 QB's worse than Leinart, he said less talented.  They would include:
- whoever starts in Buffalo
- Chad Henne
- Jake Delhomme
- David Garrard
- Vince Young
- Kyle Orton
- Matt Cassel
- Jason Campbell
- whoever starts in Carolina
- Josh Freeman
- Alex Smith

and, yes, Derek Anderson.

The problem isn't Leinart's talent, it's everything else.  He'll never be good enough to replace any of those QB's except whoever starts in Buffalo and Carolina, and maybe Garrard and Smith.  His head isn't in the game.  He's never gotten it.  Maybe it's a development issue, but it's more likely Ryan Leaf Syndrome.  Either way, it's a shame to see someone with so much talent not able to turn it into a productive career.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:30 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

This a joke from the Taratino sound alike! Leinart would be snapped up quickly by any other team if he was available. The Cardinals are a crappy team. We must remember that this is the same team that was not going to start Kurt Warner simply because Ken "I'm not really so wise" Whisenhunt thought that Matt was the franchise/future. What is most telling is if Pete Carroll does not get MAtt if he becomes avaliable then we can be sure that Matt really can't cut in the NFL. But I digress. Aaron Rodgers is often viewed as a QB who might not be able to win a game...but hey you would get that stigma too if you had to ride the bench in favor of an overgrown bearded baby who held the team hostage with his diva attitude. Packer fans...I'm talking about Brett "Don't call me Fahvernugen" Favre. Aaron Rodgers might suck, but we don't know for sure because he has not played enough. OF course having Mike McCarthy as the head coach certainly does not help. I remember when he was such a bad offensive coordinator (his 49er team was ranked near the bottom) that people were surprised that he found a job as head coach. Hey, apparently winning is too much for the Packers. Rather than try to follow in Mike Holmgren's winning ways the Packers decided to try a different approach. 
The problem with the NFL is that people get cut mostly because they are due a large bonus if they make the roster on a certain day. I think that this is the case for Matt. We will see him get "cut"...but then quickly resign with the Cardinals. 
I hate USC, but I think Matt is one of the better QBs that came from that system. Yes, I do believe that he is better than Mark "I'm only a one hit wonder" Sanchez. If only someone would give him a chance. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:13 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Dude, get your facts straight.  Kurt Warner was a rookie to the NFL at the age of 28, but not to professional football.  So yes...he was a late bloomer, but lets look at his early career.  The guy couldn't make an NFL team undrafted out of college.  He couldn't even beat out Ty Detmer for a roster spot.  Humble beginnings indeed, but he played pro ball in the arena league for 4 years.  When he went to the Rams he was 3rd string behind Tony Banks of all qb losers and Steve Bono???  3rd string behind those guys?  The Rams then signed Trent Green a year later to take over.  If it weren't for a preseason injury to Green would the legend of Warner even become known?  Let us not forget Warner eventually LOST his job to Marc Bulger and couldn't beat out Eli Manning for a starters job in New York.  I am a fan of Warner.  Class guy and great football player but let us not forget his failures before his great accomplishments.  In respect to Leinart, and in response to the question you asked.  Name 8 qbs that are worse than Leinart: I will start with Derek Anderson, 2- Jake Delhomme, 3- Matt Hasselbeck, 4- Jason Campbell, 5- Trent Edwards, 6- Kyle Orton, 7- Mark Sanchez, 8- Vince Young, all of whom are starting quarterbacks in this league.  Is Leinart a franchise quarterback? NO.  Is he a first round talent? NO.  Is he a capable back up at least worthy of a #2 spot on a team that has Anderson and two unknown rookies on their roster.... HECK YES!

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:11 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Warner was a 35yr old rookie!

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:07 pm

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

You should use a little more common sense yourself.  This isn't the first suggestion that he might get cut, and my money is on this becoming a reality.  Leinart is due a big roster bonus if he comes back again next season.  That said, if there is any doubt from the coaching staff and team that he can be the lead guy RIGHT NOW, then there's no reason to keep him and let a rookie with promise go.  Delaying the inevitable isn't the wise decision.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:07 pm

Leinart should be working in a gas station

Can't quite believe you're putting Leinart and Rodgers names in the same sentence.

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