Aisle 5: Cereal, Peanut Butter, Matt Leinart

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 14: Quarterback Matt Leinart of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass during preseason NFL game against the Houston Texans at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 19-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

If you are an NFL team not currently named the Arizona Cardinals, good news for you!  Cards quarterback Matt Leinart is for sale!  According to reports , the current Cards quarterback is being shopped by your Cardinals.  From the sounds of it, not too many of you are disappointed by that either.

It's not really a surprise though, is it?  Derek Anderson is starting against the Washington Redskins on Thursday.  After practice yesterday, Leinart criticized the way his demotion this past Saturday was handled.  Now, Leinart and coach Ken Whisenhunt apparently cleared the air, however it may have been a case of too little too late.

At least the Cards are willing to see what they can get in return rather than just waiving Leinart outright, which is what they may end up doing anyways.  As Leinart is, I'm just disappointed in the timing.  I'm not sure Leinart was ever in the favor of Whisenhunt.  Leinart was more of Dennis Green's guy.  I think from a public relations standpoint, the only move is to allow Leinart some playing time this Thursday.  Unfortunately it's a case of too late for him.

I just hope after Thursday, they make quick work of a decision.  If Leinart is the guy, let him start and give him at least two to three games under center.  He needs some consistent work.  If not here, then dump him immediately following the Washington game.  It will be tough enough for him to catch on with another team.  Problem is, if he can't catch on here by now, my guess is he won't be able to anywhere else.

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  • Vee

    Hi Scott,
    I’m actually a Cowboys fan and I just came across one of the Cardinal sites that said that they are trying to trade Matt. Having gone through qb searches with the Cowboys and my parents sitting through the drama of Staubach/Morten I must say that I don’t agree with the decision. It’s not uncommon for qbs to struggle when they first get the job, Romo did. He eventually worked his way out of it because once we put him in, we left him in. Matt really hasn’t had a long enough chance to prove himself and from what I saw this preseason, he wasn’t awful. He’s going through the process because I didn’t hear anything about personal problems getting in the way. The coach should’ve told him why he demaoted him, stating a “jumpstart the offense” excuse was wrong because it implies that he was the main reason for everything. If he moves along, he is capable of a great career somewhere else because Steve Young and Brett Favre moved along and found success. I can tell he’s been working harder and he was correct to say what he did because he was owed a reason. Derk Anderson couldn’t keep his job in Cleveland so they should’ve left him in. I believe Matt has an upswing to his game and with proper coaching and guidance by a staff that believes in him people may be shocked by what can occur. People didn’t give him a chance to thrive. He made bad decisions early in his career, but he worked hard to change it. I tell people all the time Staubach and Aikman had bad starts to their NFL careers, but we stuck with it. Romo failed in the playoffs for a couple of years, but we stuck with it. When I see Matt, I don’t see washed up goods. I see a qb that needs the right guidance from the office down. Romo turned the corner because Jones believed in him. Someone within the Cardinals organization should’ve stepped forward and said they believed in him. I don’t believe the coach ever believed in him. That’s really a shame because I think he’s talented. I hope a team trades for him so he can find success because he has shown that he’s very serious about his career. A year ago he probably would’ve taken the demotion and closed his mouth , but he’s a more mature person and expects to be treated with some form of dignity.

  • Scott Allen

    Very well said Vee. Thanks for commenting! Yeah the difference with Romo is he got to be the full time starter earlier. Leinart lost his first chance to injury. You’re right, the Cards need to just be honest with him and move on. I think most likely he’ll be traded in the next several days and the Cards will pick up a veteran QB to back up Anderson next week. Hard to have two rookies backing you up.