Leinart Remains in Arizona, For Now

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart (R) runs for first down yardage during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix in Glendale, AZ, September 2,2010. Chasing Leinart for the Redskins is Chris Wilson. UPI/Art Foxall Photo via Newscom

The cuts came today. Not all of them, yet. What wasn’t done, will be done tomorrow.  One of the guys still on the roster of the Arizona Cardinals – Matt Leinart.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt in his presser this afternoon said he spoke with Matt to talk about a couple of things this morning.  One of those things was not to tell him that he had been cut or traded.  The team is still trying to figure out what to do with him.  So, for now, the Cards carry four quarterbacks on their roster.  John Skelton tweeted he made the team.  Max Hall played very well last night against the Washington Redskins.

Derek Anderson seems to be the starter in Arizona.  It is the result many thought would take place by the time preseason wrapped up.  Leinart didn’t play very well last night.  Then again, he only was in the game for a very short time.

So the big question remains, can Matt Leinart and the Arizona Cardinals co-exist?  The bigger question may be, if they can, can Leinart accept a backup role and how do the Cards fare with four quarterbacks on their roster.  Not many teams keep four.  So, a lot of questions to be answered.

Personally, I think Leinart is gone by the end of the weekend, one way or another.  Leinart won’t be happy continuing to be a backup. After Kurt Warner’s retirement, Leinart has been waiting to get on the field to lead this team.  However, it is clear he is going to have a tough time doing that.  Also, I will predict this…if Derek Anderson stumbles early, you might see some Max Hall in the regular season.  No, seriously I mean it!

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  • Vee

    I agree with your assessment about Leinart. This entire situation could’ve been avoided because if they didn’t want him then they should just tell him so he can start looking for somewhere to play. Once he’s free then teams will most likely start the round of calls-everyone wants to keep those precious picks it seems. I really don’t like how the Cardinals handled it because I feel they already knew what they wanted to do. No one could come off the bench and immediately throw for 400 yards a game after sitting 2.5 years. He is a west coast qb and there are teams that use it, why they are taking this route is strange. As they say, the back-up qb is the most popular person on the team when things go wrong. I really feel bad for him because no one really took the time to see the good things he did even though it was limited. He checked down good. He can find another chance because the west coast offense has been good to him. It’s really sad to hear alot of people call him a loser/bust when he didn’t have enough time to play. I still feel that he can have a productive career.

  • Scott Allen

    Vee, you are so correct. I’ve never been a fan of Leinart going back to his USC days (only cause he went against Notre Dame and cheated in the Reggie Bush push of 2005 LOL! ). Seriously though, he never was really given a chance. I think most of us felt this would be the end result, just not the way we thought we would get to it. No one also probably ever though Max Hall would produce as well as he has being an undrafted rookie. I just hop Leinart does get a chance somewhere and maybe he does end up proving the Cards wrong.