Tag:Ken Wisenhunt
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:17 pm

Leinart: 'I really want an explanation' on AZ QBs

Posted by Will Brinson

Matt Leinart should, by all accounts, be excited that he has an opportunity to take over a professional football team. Injury and poor play derailed his first chance and, worst case, he could be in Tavaris Jackson's shoes.

Actually, scratch that -- worst case is he could be given this chance and decide to make things with head coach Ken Wisenhunt personal. Which is exactly what he did with some recent comments. (No, not the ones he made last week -- he actually kept giving Wisenhunt reasons to not give him playing time after "Whiz" announced that he wasn't sure who was starting yet.)

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic , "I feel like I've outplayed the competition, training camp, preseason," Leinart said. "I think my plays speaks about that. For me, this goes beyond the football field."

Well, gee -- that's aggressive. Not aggressive, however, is choosing not to go to your coach with his problems (which he is pretty clearly airing in the press).

"No, it is what it is," Leinart said. "Like I said, I think I've done enough. I need to get better, like I said last week. But I don't know if there have been equal opportunities. Obviously, I haven't played as much as I'd like."

Darren Urban of the Cards' official blog quotes Leinart as saying, "I really want an explanation."

Here's a piece of advice: just ask.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 10:32 am

Cards quarterbacks both don't look totally awful

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Before Saturday, the Cardinals didn’t have a great option at starting quarterback. Matt Leinart seemingly had lost his job – or had fallen far enough to make him even with backup Derek Anderson – and Anderson hadn’t been overly impressive in trying to take Leinart’s job from him. Basically, it was not an ideal situation for Arizona.

Then, you had Leinart making national news by complaining – though he said he wasn’t really complaining – about not getting enough snaps and about how hard he’s worked and about how he feels he’s been pretty efficient on the field.

Against the Bears on Saturday night, both quarterbacks looked pretty decent. Now, maybe there actually is a quarterback competition instead of coach Ken Whisenhunt having to choose the quarterback that sucks the least.

Anderson, who started the game, was 7 of 12 for 94 yards and a touchdown, and as the Arizona Republic points out , he provided a spark in the second quarter by converting on three third-and-long situations and throwing a 27-yard touchdown to Stephen Williams.

Leinart, meanwhile, was extremely efficient, completing 9 of 10 passes for 84 yards and a score. For the record, he still hasn’t committed a turnover in the preseason. He also looked good leading the team during a 2-minute drill late in the second half.

Predictably, Whisenhunt said he hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback, though CBSSports.com’s own Pete Prisco believes it will be Leinart’s job.

“It's a good problem to have," Whisenhunt said after the game. "(Saturday) it worked. Not necessarily because we made the change at quarterback. It was good to see us move the football, get some first downs, make some plays … I don't have to make any decisions right now.”

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