Tag:Matt Leinart
Posted on: September 1, 2010 2:24 pm

Boldin unsurprised by Leinart situation

Posted by Will Brinson

If anyone has a good idea of what's going on in Arizona without being muffled by a "no comment" situation (a la Larry Fitzgerald), it's Anquan Boldin.

And he's not at all shocked by the news that Ken Wisenhunt and Matt Leinart might not get along so swell.

“Honestly no. That’s just because I’ve been there and witnessed the relationship between both Matt and Coach Whisenhunt. So I’m actually not surprised. I don’t really want to speak too much on that because it’s not my problem. If it doesn’t refer to anybody in black and purple, I really could care less.”

I love a good quote like that -- Boldin doesn't want to talk about the situation, but he'll let you at least know what the deal is.

And clearly, the "deal" = "they don't get along."

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:20 am

Hot Routes 9.1.10: September: also elite, I guess

Sorry these are so late (I know, I know, you've had more cups of coffee than Matt Leinart's had trade rumors this morning), but in the interest of NOT making them about Leinart, I tried to dig up some funkier links. Enjoy.

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  • John Clayton, whom I actually like quite a lot, has ranked the NFL quarterbacks before we start the season (in eight days - OMFG). He has 14 "elite" quarterbacks (yes, having FOURTEEN does destroy the meaning of the word), 8 members of the "Chad Pennington Division" and 11 in the "Hit/Miss Division." Now, Matt Ryan isn't elite (yet), Brett Favre isn't better than Aaron Rodgers and/or Philip Rivers (right now), and if Matt Moore has a 5 percent chance of being elite, how is he ranked one spot lower than Trent Edwards? There are LOTS of questions on this list.
  • Josh Wilson, the newest Raven after yesterday's trade from the Seahawks, says he "couldn't be happier." Duh -- he's a former  Terp so he's closer to home, and while Jim Harbaugh isn't as enthusiastic as Pete Carroll, his team certainly is better.
  • The Denver Post appears to be having some fun with their new toy, Tim Tebow, page/DEN">Broncos)&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">using the phrase "rise to top backup" in a headline about the depth chart. Or maybe I'm reading too deeply into it -- let's just say that when he "resurrects the Broncos red zone efforts" then it's officially awkward.
  • LOOK OUT, DALLAS! Here comes Houston, who has sold page/HOU">Texans+Football)&utm_content=Google+Reader" target="_blank">a record number of season tickets . Also, Gary Kubiak thinks that it's their time to win the AFC South .
  • Wade Phillips thinks Tony Romo is "ready." Well, that's good. Actually, I think he may means Romo is ready to "win this division, have a monster statistical year, take us to the Super Bowl and keep my job alive."
  • It's Clinton Portis' birthday today ! I actually didn't realize that until Jamie Mottram pointed out that he has the same bday as Portis which, considering Mottram is a Redskins' fan, is mildly awesome. My "athlete matchups" are Michael Vick, Chad Pennington and Derek Jeter. Lame. Who you got?
Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:26 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 11:21 am

Bills deny talks for Leinart, who wants to start

Posted by Will Brinson
For whatever reason, Matt Leinart is the dominating storyline this week. I mean, the reason is obvious, it's just weird that he's becoming a left-handed, less-talented, backup-worthy version of Brett Favre.

Or something. We mentioned that he's on the trading block -- that doesn't appear to be at issue right now.

What might be at issue is the Buffalo Bills' interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner: Buffalo Bills [dot com]'s Chris Brown has called the report that Buffalo is interested "erroneous." He states that the "Bills have not had any discussions with the Cardinals" regarding Leinart and that "the report is simply not true."

Jay Glazer adds an update to his his earlier report that "three teams" have talked to the Cards, saying he's spoken with Leinart, who tells Glazer that "he wants to start somewhere and not be a backup."

All of these reports create quite the conundrum: Leinart will NOT start in New York, he's unlikely to start in Oakland, and he could absolutely start in Buffalo. However, if the Bills aren't interested in Leinart, which they claim they are not, it's going to be tough for him to find a team where he can start.

Adding to the bizarre nature of all of this, Schefter responds to the Bills report on Twitter by saying that the "Bills are adamant they are not trading for Leinart, despite discussions they did have this summer with the Cardinals for the QB."

Emphasis mine, because if the Bills previously spoke with the Cardinals about Leinart (and I'm drawing a blank on that, honestly, but it's entirely possible), they DO have at least some interest, even if they haven't recently spoken with the Cardinals about the possibility for a trade.

And in an email to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk , Schefter clarifies the report: he "didn't report Leinart would be traded to Buffalo" but "simply reported that Buffalo and Arizona discussed it this summer. There's nothing erroneous in that."

In other words, when Schefter tweeted in the past tense, he didn't mean "yesterday" or "this morning" he meant "this summer."

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:46 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 4:48 pm

Here's who's intererested in Leinart

Posted by Will Brinson

Update2: Kent Somers reports that the Cardinals are indeed open to trading Leinart AND guard Reggie Wells, and have been talking with teams. The Raiders, according to the Raiders, are not one of those teams, having said on their website that "Adam Schefter is once again making untrue statements." Mercy.

The Raiders axe to grind aside, it makes a LOT of sense that the Cardinals are trying to deal Leinart (and would be relatively open about their interest). After all, they only have a few days to make something happen before they're forced to either keep him or cut him; keeping him would involve either dumping one of the rookies they like or holding onto four quarterbacks.

One big problem, though, is that Leinart wants to start, and there just aren't a lot of starting spots out there.

Update: The Bills are now denying their interest in Leinart , but Schefter is also reporting that the Cards and Bills talked this summer. It's not convoluted at all.

Last night we discussed the fact that the Cardinals had placed Matt Leinart on the trading block -- now we know who's interested.

Jay Glazer writes that "several teams have confirmed" that they've chatted with the Cards -- Adam Schefter points out that the Bills, Giants and Raiders are very specific possible destinations for the former first-rounder.

All three spots make a lot of sense: Eli Manning and Jason Campbell both suffered preseason injuries, while Jim Sorgi and Bruce Gradkowski remain injured. The Bills, for their part, are being forced to start Trent Edwards again, and that's no fun.

Leinart is probably hoping -- provided he actually wants to start and play football -- that Buffalo can pull something off. There, he'd have at least a chance of starting.

The downside, naturally, is that Buffalo weather isn't exactly on par with Southern Cal, brah.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:06 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 8:08 pm

Cardinals trying to trade Leinart; where to?

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Leinart (US Presswire)

Matt Leinart’s days in Arizona appear to be numbered. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Cardinals are shopping the former first-round pick. As you know, Leinart was recently benched for Derek Anderson. His response to the benching has been about as divisive as it gets.

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

"The philosophy is you want the best 11 guys to play. I feel like I've proved that with my performance. I don't really know what else I could possibly do, so it probably goes beyond football. For me, I just really want an explanation, and I haven't been given one."

The Cardinals have very little leverage in trading Leinart right now. Any team that acquires the fifth-year pro would be looking to make him a backup -- which, obviously, is a role Leinart would not be thrilled with.

If we were to speculate about landing spots…the Bills are always at the top of this list, given that they haven’t had a quarterback since Drew Bledsoe left. The Browns may want to look beyond Jake Delhomme; if they have doubts about Colt McCoy, might they be willing to give Leinart a shot? And, of course, given that Leinart is a disappointing former first-round pick, the Raiders are certainly a possibility. A darkhorse team might be the Texans, who badly need a backup for Matt Schaub.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:30 pm

Derek Anderson to start once again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember all that squawking by Matt Leinart about how he should be the starting quarterback in Arizona and about how nobody has outplayed him and about how is he supposed to win the job when he’s not given a fair opportunity to compete? So, how did that work out for him?

Not very well, apparently.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt told ESPN Radio today that Derek Anderson will start the team’s fourth and final preseason game.

Click here for a link to the podcast of the Scott Van Pelt Show.

Whisenhunt, when asked about Leinart, said the quarterback job was the toughest position on the field but that he needs a little more from the former USC standout.

“There is a certain quality that you have to have in that position and that is all part of the evaluation process. And I think, more importantly, is how your team responds to that player and how you handle that role. I’m not talking about Matt. I’m just saying I feel like he has made great progress in that area, but, for whatever reason, we have not performed the way we have needed to perform as an offense. We have not made the progress that we as a coaching staff felt that we needed to do. So it’s not so much about that person as it is about trying to find the right combination. Once again, I believe Matt can play. I’m not saying that at all. I am just trying to find the best match for our football team.”

Jeez, when he says he’s not talking about Matt, it sure sounds like he’s talking about Matt, huh?

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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 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
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