Starting Quarterback No Sure Thing

Sure Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says all the right things.  Matt Leinart is the starter heading into the 2010 season.  So was he in 2008 as well though before Kurt Warner won the training camp competition and early.

The Cards signed Derek Anderson to a pretty sweet deal a few weeks ago.  Coach Whiz annointed him the backup immediately.  Again, all the right things were said.  However, does anyone truly believe Whiz is 100% sold on Leinart as his starter?  I don’t believe it.

Anderson, to his credit, said he was told right away he would be coming in as the backup and still agreed to a contract.  I’ve got to think though he would not have agreed to a contract here if he didn’t think somewhere in the back of his mind that at some point he would get the opportunity to start.  He’ll never admit that publicly, however.

There is also the question about the upcoming NFL Draft.  Some have looked at Tim Tebow possibly being drafted by the Cards.  I say no way.  He’s not the right fit and I still heavily question his ability to perform in the NFL, at least as a quarterback.  The Cards may still draft a quarterback in the late rounds.  That I would not be surprised to see.

Then, there is the talk about one Donovan McNabb.  It’s funny to watch local media guess about the Cards thinking on him.  The Philadelphia Eagles are obviously dangling him out there, listening to offers.  He is a valley resident, which just adds fuel to the fire.  Bottom line is, I can’t see him coming to Arizona as much as some of us would like to see it.  He comes with a hefty price and the Eagles have said they will not accept anything lower than the 42nd pick in the draft.  The Eagles will ask for a lot and they can.

Whoever the man behind center is come September, we all know that person will have a lot of expectations behind him and anything less than the playoffs will be considered a failure.

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  • GeoMak

    Not sure why there’s so much confusion regarding this:

    So was he in 2008 as well though before Kurt Warner won the training camp competition and early.

    Warner wasn’t officially named the starter in 2008 until after the last preseason game (against Denver).

    Whisenhunt didn’t name Kurt the starter until the monday before their opening game in San Francisco.

  • ashen

    Nice writing. NOT! Where did you get your education? My God, if this is the best the Cards can do on their webpage I weep for the future of the franchise.

    “So was he in 2008 as well though before Kurt Warner won the training camp competition and early.”

    HUH?? How about, “He was also named starter in 2008 before Kurt Warner stepped up and easily proved to be the logical choice to start at quarterback.”

  • FRANK D.

    I don’t believe in drafting out of college a qualified quarterback that will immediately take a team to the superbowl.Absurd! Fran Tarkenton’s don’t grow on trees. Either you are immediately a success or a backdup…period!
    And Matt Linart is a permanent backup. He may have been good in college, but the NFL is not’s a professional business and owners of NFL teams must BUY an experienced quarterback that will immediately go to work. The cardinals put too much hope on Linart. The cardinals must buy somone-they should have got McNab. Let’s see what this guy from cleveland can do and make him the starter, of BUY somone else…spend the money for that important position, or are they like the chicago bears no money owners. The successful franchises are owned by successful businessmen who have big money, not family owned who don’t want to part with a nickel.

  • terry bradshaw jersey

    Oh, I even forget the former starting quarterback’s name. Ok, when Kurt Warner announced retirement, I though Leinart is for sure to take the starting job. So now what?