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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: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:32 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I don't remember Leinart being a former #1 pick ever.. A first round pick yes, but not a #1 pick overall..

With that said, we all kind of saw this coming. He is a disappointment. Not a bust because he's never had his chance, but a disappointment. I don't think Arizona will be atop of the league anymore. I think that San Fran. is going to take the division. The Cardinals have lost Boldin, Warner, and Rolle. It will be interesting to see if they can even be 2nd or 3rd in that division. Right now, they don't look much better than the Rams or Seahawks.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:31 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Dude I live in Arizona he has never paraded Paris Hilton around town a single time.  I am also farily certain he has spent numerous extra hours at the Cards facilities going over just the playbook the past few off seasons.  Your comments are so 2006.  Put your People magazine down and come back with some real football facts about Leinart. 



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:26 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Clearly you are being so objective. 



Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:26 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

It'll give him more time to hang out with all of his friends out in Hollywood.  He's a pretty, party boy who should be on "the Hills", not on an NFL roster.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:23 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

ESPN the Magazine had an article about Matt last year and it clearly stated for the past three off seasons about 6 to 10 teams have asked the Cardinals if they would be willing to trade Leinart. 



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:21 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Dude Kurt Warner DID NOT win the Super Bowl his Rookie year. I repeate DID NOT.  He had been a journeyman back up QB  for a while I know he had a stint in Green Bay and he was bagging groceries the season before he went to St. Louis. 



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:21 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

BullSh!T....people in and around the Cardinals ballclub. "According to my sources", "My sources tell me". All irresponsible parts of journalism. Reveal your people, your sources, otherwise it's pure drivel. Speculation and assumptions are all parts of media creations to draw viewership and readers. This is tabloid journalism at it's finest.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:18 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

Its not like he's just randomly writing this Super.  He's talked to people around the team.  If I were a sports writer and found out that a high profile quarterback (because of USC of course)  is getting cut, I would definitely jump on it.



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:18 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

I agree with you.  This makes no sense.   Matt has a 110 preseason QB rating Derek Anderson has a 70 preseason QB rating.  I don't know why there is even a controversy.  Matt has produced better numbers with fewer opportunties.  He has had no intercepts and only 4 incomplete passes and that is without key starters in the line up. 



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:04 am
 

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut

He needs to use common sense? Maybe you should try READING the piece....

"People in and around the ' 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."

It's right there in black and white, this is coming from the ballclub, not from the writer. He is merely reporting on it, which is his job. Get off his back.



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