Matt Leinart apologizes for ducking media

After a preseason performance called “unnerving” by the Arizona Republic, Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart had an eye-opening post-game effort.  He skipped his media session.

At the time, Darren Urban of the team’s official website called the absence “disappointing.”

“He knows by now as the starting QB he not only will be talking but doing
it in a press conference setting. He had to know he’d be a big topic
tonight,” Urban wrote.

Leinart apologized on Sunday, saying he was never asked by the media relations department.  The staff rightly assumed the starting quarterback knew he would be needed.  It is, after all, mandated by the league. 

We’ll call it a rookie mistake by the fifth-year player.

17 responses to “Matt Leinart apologizes for ducking media

  1. Lord Farve has been ducking the media for years after a lousy game ……… More of that double standard afforded to the ‘master’ …….

  2. I don’t blame Leinart for wanting to get out of there. There were chicks in a hot tub waiting for him. Who can blame him?

  3. Leinart should appologize to Arizona for letting them draft him in the first round.
    This guy dumped the ball to NFL standouts for 3 years. Played with an almost full NFL defense in the NCAA and got by on the success of others for his whole college career.

  4. Even though the Texans 3rd and 4th stringers choked away a 16-0 lead, Leinart saw what the rest of the league is going to see: a much-improved, sack-happy, stifling defense. Matt Schaub picked up where he left off from last season, burning the Cardinals for a near perfect performance [with several dropped passes.]
    It’s not so much that Leinart sucked, it’s that the Texans are going to be pretty damn good this year.

  5. Leinart was 6-7 for 49 yards, no TDs and took 2 sacks. Then he skips the news conference. This shows why the Cardinals, despite having invested a lot of money in Leinart, brought Kurt Warner in as ‘insurance’. Well, the ‘insurance’ took the Cards to the Super Bowl. It is fair to note that Warner only became the full-time starter when Leinart suffered a serious shoulder injury in a game against the Rams in October 2007. Warner was already getting playing time in the 2007 season, as Wisenhut was bringing Warner in for 2-minute drills.
    The Cardinals are probably kicking themselves for not trading for Donovan McNabb right now. If the Cardinals had McNabb, they would be regarded as locks for winning the NFC West and probably picked for a deep playoff run. Right now, they will be lucky to win the division and are marginal playoff contenders in the NFC.
    This situation also illustrates why the NFL needs a rookie salary cap to bring an end to unproven players receiving huge signing bonuses. Only 50% of all QBs taken in the first round ever live up to their lofty billing. This money needs to be paid to proven veterans or young players who have actually produced at a high level on the field (incentive payments).

  6. “We’ll call it a rookie mistake by the fifth-year player.”

    I call it BS by a guy who’s not an NFL-caliber quarterback.

  7. He was probably afraid someone was going to ask about his noodle arm. He does NOT have an NFL arm.

  8. Apparently for Leinart part of his patented Jay Glazer “Killer Instinct” MMA training is to sneak away when the going gets tough. Kudos all around.

  9. It’s good to see 4g’s with a bunch of followers lapping up his Leinart hatred.
    As long as they don’t alter the dynamic of the office pass/run ratio, the Cards will be fine with Leinart, and if he starts all 16 games, he will go back ahead of Warner’s winning % in Arizona.

  10. The NFCW easily has the biggest questions at QB all the way up and down the board (Hass is a question mark because of health.)

  11. Nate: LOL.
    I remember that game where Leinart picked apart the eventual NFC Champ Bears in 2006… the infamous “WE ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE” Denny Green game. I remember thinking, “This Leinart kid’s going to be scary in a couple years.”
    What the hell happened?

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