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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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Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:53 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Wow.  I wonder what Coach Haley thinks about Leinart?  He spent a lot of time around the guy when he was in AZ.  I, as a Chiefs fan, would definitely welcome Leinart into the mix.  Maybe a fresh start in a new place would work well for this guy.  I have very little faith, if any, in Matt Cassell (a career backup even at USC) and Brodie Croyle can't last more than a few series without getting injured.  Cut him AZ, please.  Only completing 82.6% of his passes on limited attempts this preseason, that's awful.  Cool



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:41 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Is it really necessary to bring people's spouses into discussions like this?  By the way I am pretty sure Mrs. Warner was correct in her opinion. 



Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:32 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Very insightful analysis. They should give you mike freeman's contract.



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:19 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

The Packer locker room had confidence in Aaron Rodgers b/c of his play at Dallas when Favre went out and also his performance in practice on the scout team torching the defense. I am not saying they should cut Leinart, but he is check down city and afraid of throwing anything downfield.  He doesn't appear to be a playmaker.



Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:05 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

He should be worried. He still needs a season to show what he has. He will have Larry to work with but Anderson will always be looking over Matt shoulder. So he has to get it together quick or he will be hanging with Jamarcus and his boys. Leinart had the chance to learn from Warner. He has to show what he has learned. The pressure is on now. Reggie Bush has won his Super Bowl and now Leinart has to step his game up and show his skill. Derek Anderson will be a good QB to manage the offence but can he get them back to the NFC title game? Leinart has to man up and play ball. Bottom line.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:02 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Wow the biggest Warner fan. Im sorry for you. I pray he ISNT  a hall or famer, cause then we have to listen to his dumbass wife Brenda over and over AGAIN! She will not stop running her mouth. His numbers are close, but please NO!



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:50 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

He was in the arena league and bagging groceries.  I'd say he was a late bloomer.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:42 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Let them cut him the fools.  He will be picked up very fast.  Hopefully by the Buffalo Bills.
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Buffalo isn't a bad option for him at ALL - besides Seattle it might be the next best fit for him - could even be better than Seattle for him.  Matt has played really well when he has had two good runningbacks in the backfield -he had Reggie Bush and Lendale White as his runningbacks at USC. It appears the CJ Spiller is ready for football and Marshawn for all that comes with him is still solid and is going to be good for short yardage and goaline plays.  Buffalo is a smaller market which I am sure Matt personally would love so he isn't attacked for every little thing he does by the media. Buffalo seems to me looking in from the outside that the fans in Bufflao are QB friendly.   Chan Gailey appears to be a stand up guy who doesn't like fans narking on his QBs and has personally walked up to the fans about it so he may support Matt in a similar way to how Pete Carroll did when they were at USC. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:35 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Then they probably should have let him go sooner not 12 days before the opening season and create a situation that splits the team.
Good point, that would have made perfect sense to me.  The only reason I could see them waiting is maybe they were wanting to see if their other options for number 2 and 3 at qb could do the job? Maybe they were wanting to make sure they could stay healthy?  Other then that, I don't have any other logic that would justify waiting this long to drop the bomb on Leinart.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:25 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Then they probably should have let him go sooner not 12 days before the opening season and create a situation that splits the team.


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