Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in the first half against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver defeated San Diego 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Leinart Not Impressed With Titans Whisenhunt Hire

Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback is not impressed with the Tennessee Titans head coach hiring of former Cards head coach Ken Whisenhunt.  He said Kurt Warner ran the team and doesn’t think it’s a good fit for Tennessee.  Hold a grudge much Matty?

You look at his tenure in Arizona, only two years he had success and in those two years Kurt Warner ran that football team

Wow.  I understand if he didn’t get along with Whisenhunt but I think he took his comments a little too far, even if he was only given 30 seconds to share them with Fox Sports.  Here is a guy who comes off as sour grapes.  He lost his starting job to Warner with Whisenhunt at the helm.  He basically lost it because of an injury.  While I’m never much in favor of a guy losing a job to injury, it was the right move given the rise of Warner and the inconsistencies of Leinart back in 2007.

Leinart is about the only person I’ve heard have anything negative to say about the hire.  I think these comments clearly show Whisenhunt was in the right to rid of him.  He became a distraction and would have been nothing but a disgruntled backup if he had stayed back in 2010 instead of being cut right before the season started.  I say that even now knowing Derek Anderson ended up being the starter.  We all know how that turned out.

It is a definite shot at Whisenhunt by saying Warner ran the team.  I would also dispute the two years of success.  I would say three.  He led the Cards to 8-8 in his first season before the two playoff years.  Not all the failures were his fault either.  I did agree last year it was time for Whisenhunt to go.  They had reached rock bottom and change was needed for all parties.

I’m glad Whiz is getting another shot and I do believe he is a good fit in Tennessee.  Leinart should have just said no comment when asked about the hire if he truly felt that way.  We’re all sorry you couldn’t cut it as an NFL quarterback Matty.  Go find a frat house to hang at.


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  • Jetdoc

    Hey Matt…. We weren’t too impressed when YOU were drafted here with the 6th pick. Your career has been so SHINY with success. You’re the LAST person that should say anything. I’m NOT a Whisenhunt fan either but YOU Mr Leinart SUCKED

    • RedAZinTucson

      Just think if we had kept Matt, you don’t think he would have been better than DA, even Kolb and Skelton…I think we would have been a lot better of his last couple of years if Matt were still with the team and Whiz might have even kept his job. Not saying he was a great QB by any stretch, but he was a game manager and very accurate short to mid range passer and better than anything else we’ve had before Palmer.

      • Jetdoc

        I think that LEINART has shown over and over that he SUCKED, in his numerous short stints in other NFL cities. Hard to say WHAT he would’ve done here, but bottom line was that Whisenhunt felt that his ATTITUDE was a cancer in the locker room and therefore removed the cancer FROM the locker room. I’m in no way holding Whisenhunt up as a GREAT talent evaluator, or DEVELOPER of QB’s. If he’s GOT a “franchise QB” already in place, he’s GREAT! But when he’s called on to FIND or DEVELOP a QB, he’s SCREWED!

  • RedAZinTucson

    I disagree, I think Matt has every right to be upset with Ken. I wish at the time when he was benched in the preseason that he had shut his mouth, but he had every right to be pissed. He waited behind Kurt for basically over 2 years, When he finally got his shot he was running the preseason vanilla offense and completed 25/27 passes if memory serves correct. Then because of Ken’s ego he was let go in favor of DA…and we all know what a joke that was. Whiz isn’t the greatest evaluater of talent and clearly not the greatest at making adjustments based on talent. He’s too stubborn in his ways if it’s not working. BA showed this year how to do that. I hate to be so hard on him because he did bring success to AZ, but he isn’t the coach to develop and maintain such success and I don’t give him more than a few years in Tennessee until they realize that. Detroit would have been a much better fit for him, because all he would have had to do is tweak their offense and work with what they have…and without Horton, Whiz showed he doesn’t know how to run a successful defense either.

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