Matt Leinart may be getting a reputation for playing it too safe, and at least one national analyst thinks that may force the Cardinals to cut the cord with Leinart. Before the season.
NFL.com’s Mike Lombardi speculated in a column that the team may consider dumping Leinart. Lombardi didn’t back down when asked about it on KTAR Thursday morning.
“I think what they’ll do here in the next two weeks is try to make
a move for a quarterback that Ken’s [Whisenhunt] familiar with,
comfortable with, bring him in [and] use Anderson as the starter, find a
veteran backup and then have the two young players [John Skelton and
Max Hall] standing behind them,” Lombardi said.
It’s hard to say whether Lombardi has some info here or is just throwing poop against the wall. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has sources saying the team has not discussed that possibility. (It’s not exactly the strongest denial in the world, but we’ll take it.)
Lombardi’s argument has a certain logic to it, but doesn’t hold up because the Cardinals don’t have a better option on the roster than Leinart. There’s just no reason to think Derek Anderson would be in a better position to help the Cardinals win in 2010.
We agree that any move away from Leinart will have to be decisive. But Whisenhunt has coached Leinart since 2007 and made the decision to have open training camp with Leinart as the clear starter. It’s hard to imagine giving up on Leinart now.