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Report: Cardinals have not discussed dumping Matt Leinart

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.

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60 Responses to “Report: Cardinals have not discussed dumping Matt Leinart”
  1. ErikInHell says: Aug 26, 2010 2:16 PM

    Dumping Leinhart for Anderson? That’s almost like dumping Andeson for Quinn.

  2. Steve-O says: Aug 26, 2010 2:16 PM

    Report: PFT/NBC has discussed dumping Rosenthal.

  3. Nosredna says: Aug 26, 2010 2:17 PM

    Rosenthal, haven’t you learned anything from Florio? It is all about money! This time, money could be the major factor…..dump Leinart and dump his check. Whisenhunt knows Leinart is not the QB of the future, best get rid of him while they still can try and get something for him.’

  4. stevemcguigan says: Aug 26, 2010 2:18 PM

    The hell Anderson isn’t a better choice. He’s no superstar, but Matt Leinart has never even come close to matching a 10 win season in a tough division.

  5. kerm says: Aug 26, 2010 2:18 PM

    Sage Rosenfels you are needed in the desert.

  6. cvh2009 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:24 PM

    Bye Rosenfels. Trade him for Breaston and a 4th-5th rounder.

  7. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Aug 26, 2010 2:27 PM

    I love the words “speculate” and “may” by someone not in the organization. Once again worthless journalism

  8. Hups says: Aug 26, 2010 2:29 PM

    “No reason to think that Anderson is in a better position to help the Cardinals win over Lienart? What about his Pro Bowl season? At least Anderson has done something in the league…unlike the prima dona Matt Lienart.

  9. tig 0 bitties says: Aug 26, 2010 2:30 PM

    It wont happen but the Vikes should trade Sage to the cards. maybe we could get some O line help or maybe a pick for him.

  10. SirSuperSouthern says: Aug 26, 2010 2:30 PM

    The Cardinals are gonna suck regardless of which gimp they start at QB. They lost their whole team this off-season and this is the first year of the rebuilding process. 5 wins would be a miracle…

  11. Brohamma says: Aug 26, 2010 2:30 PM

    Sorry Gregg, but I have to strongly disagree with your thoughts that “the Cardboards don’t have a better option on the roster than Leinart.”
    I want you to take a look back at the game vs. Tenn. the other night. In particular, watch Hall. Now I understand he was playing against second and even third stringers… but his offensive line and receivers were to, so let’s put that aside. What I’d really like for you and Mike to do is to break-down his mechanics. Watch his head, watch his feet and watch his release.
    If you can come away from that break-down of the film and honestly tell me that he’s not as good, or better, than Leinart then I’d have to hear why.
    I PUT THE CHALLENGE TO YOU GUYS FOR YOUR NEXT PFT TAPED SEGMENT! Seriously!
    And one last thing… watch Fitz’s reaction on the sideline when he makes that great throw into the endzone. The teams undisputed #1 is PUMPED! He’s thinking that they have something but the kid isn’t getting the reps.. instead Leinart is holding up the QB development.
    I REALLY HOPE YOU READ THIS GREGG.

  12. FireJerryJones says: Aug 26, 2010 2:32 PM

    What does Cowlishaw say about this?

  13. afogg0855 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:34 PM

    cvh2009 says:
    August 26, 2010 2:24 PM
    Bye Rosenfels. Trade him for Breaston and a 4th-5th rounder.
    ———–
    LMAO keep dreaming bud. If you think Rosenfels is worth Steve Breaston straight up, you’re high. But throw in a draft pick… you’re just a moron.

  14. thegoldengod says: Aug 26, 2010 2:34 PM

    Kellen Clemens.

  15. jj jones says: Aug 26, 2010 2:36 PM

    Leinart has been awful this preseason. This situation reminds me of the Leftwich situation in Jacksonville in 2007. I would not be shocked if Leinart is released.

  16. CYGNUS X-1 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:39 PM

    this would be the best move for leinart. it would allow him to go with a team that can fit it’s offense around him,he did not do to bad in green’s offense but I guess it’s his fault he busted his collarbone and hurt his knee his first 2 years,whisenhunt never liked him from the day he got the job because he wasn’t his guy,then of course there was unpardonable sin according to florio and that was a party he threw at his house in the offseason on a weekend where he missed no workouts with the team.imagine single rich young guy doing that!proves he doesn’t care about football!oh wait there may have been a underage college girl there!and we all know college kids don’t drink unless they are of legal age right florio?anyway maybe his old coach college might pick him up and give him a real shot.

  17. Vikings2010 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:41 PM

    In other news…the Colts have not discussed dumping Manning and the Patriots have not discussed dumping Brady.
    Wow, great work PFT.

  18. machpelican3 says: Aug 26, 2010 2:42 PM

    Why are we expecting anything more from Matt Leinart than what we’ve seen? Having essentially been told that the starting QB job is his to lose, he’s played just like any good agent would want their client (who’s in a contract year) to play: carefully. The only thing that Matt Leinart has to do during the pre-season is not lose the job to Anderson. And how do you not lose a QB job? You don’t get injured and you don’t throw interceptions. And what do you get when a QB is playing just to not get injured or throw interceptions? You get a languid, uninspired effort. you get a QB who doesn’t really throw downfield or take risks in the pocket. You get a QB who will complete lots of passes for little yardage. And those are all the things he’s done. He’s completed over 75% of his passes for an average of 5.9 yards per completion. He’s thrown no interceptions. He’s avoided getting hit. And he’s looked a little uninspired doing it. Let’s wait until the regular season, when his wallet is actually on the line, to judge Matt Leinart. Going against the Rams in week 1 will be a nice chance for us to really evaluate his play. If he’s really the guy who’s going to lead this team to another NFC West title, he’ll go for 300 yards with at least a couple TDs. If he’s not, we’ll see more of the same laziness we’ve seen during the pre-season. Or even worse, maybe he’ll throw a couple picks, and show us that he’s not even worthy of being a back-up.

  19. WhoDey_Man says: Aug 26, 2010 2:43 PM

    not gonna happen but I would absolutely LOVE to see T-Jack go to Arizona and win 13 games this season, in the ultimate F U to both bert farv and the minnesota vikings.

  20. birdmancometh says: Aug 26, 2010 2:43 PM

    You think you’re going to get Breaston and a 4th-5th rounder for Rosenfels? Have you been hitting the purple drank with JaMarcus?

  21. BasicInstinct says: Aug 26, 2010 2:44 PM

    I hear Brady Quinn is going to be available…..
    Sage Rosenfels wants out too.
    How about Jamarcus Russell!!!

  22. jascz says: Aug 26, 2010 2:45 PM

    Troy Smith might be willing to crawl to AZ since he’s not even the Ravens #2 anymore…

  23. Jack Burton says: Aug 26, 2010 2:47 PM

    They’d be better off with Brian St. Pierre running that ship.

  24. Citizen Strange says: Aug 26, 2010 2:47 PM

    “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.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Question for Mike Lombardi: Does it hurt?
    Does it hurt when you pull nonsense out of your *ss like that?

  25. AbeFreshly says: Aug 26, 2010 2:48 PM

    “It’s hard to say whether Lombardi has some info here or is just throwing poop against the wall.”
    Hello, Pot.
    Hi. How are you, Kettle. You look black.

  26. JDeezy says: Aug 26, 2010 2:50 PM

    Meanwhile, Leinart is discussing dumping down to his running back.

  27. downwithdansnyder says: Aug 26, 2010 2:52 PM

    “There’s just no reason to think Derek Anderson would be in a better position to help the Cardinals win in 2010. ”
    At least Anderson can get the ball down the field. He might throw it to the wrong team, but they have no vertical game at all (not even the threat of one) with Matt at QB

  28. manderson says: Aug 26, 2010 2:53 PM

    Gee Steve McG, you’re right. But then again, he’s never played a full season, so winning 10 games might be a little difficult. On the other hand Alex Smith has never come close to winning 10 games either, but somehow the 49ers are expected to take the division. Go figure.
    In other news, the Cardinals have not discussed playing games on the moon either.
    What no Favre reference?

  29. Jungle Juice says: Aug 26, 2010 2:56 PM

    But did Farve take a dump?

  30. KILLER FIN says: Aug 26, 2010 2:56 PM

    work a trade for Pat White please!!!

  31. Chapnasty. says: Aug 26, 2010 2:57 PM

    @ Abe
    Well done with the kettle and pot exchange, that may have been the best variation yet.

  32. poonhok says: Aug 26, 2010 2:58 PM

    not gonna happen but I would absolutely LOVE to see T-Jack go to Arizona and win 13 games this season, in the ultimate F U to both bert farv and the minnesota vikings…
    ============
    =======================
    …and the reason it’s not gonna happen is becaus Jackson SUCKS……
    Man, some of you guys are delusional…..

  33. Anarcho Purplism says: Aug 26, 2010 2:59 PM

    Sage is great option for the Cards.
    BTW- did someone refer to the NFC West as a “tough division?” Really?

  34. justen1 says: Aug 26, 2010 3:05 PM

    Sage and Troy Smith makes some sense. How about Chad Pennington or Tyler Thigpen?

  35. sacdaddy says: Aug 26, 2010 3:05 PM

    Dear Matt, you’ve had a good run buddy (at least in college). You banged some smokeshows, partied hard, and made some money. Now it’s time to just turn around, put your head down, and kick rocks all the way into NFL nothingness.

  36. Complete Fan says: Aug 26, 2010 3:08 PM

    In other news…the Colts have not discussed dumping Manning and the Patriots have not discussed dumping Brady.
    ———————————————-
    And the Bills have not discussed dumping Edwards, though they should.
    I won’t be sticking around for autographs either, Chan.

  37. Calir says: Aug 26, 2010 3:10 PM

    How would warner do without both Boldin and Fitz….probably not so well. Maybe the cardinals need to realize the days of throwing the ball all around the field has changed base on their current players.

  38. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Aug 26, 2010 3:15 PM

    for all the jamarcus russell fans out there,get ready to see someone that can actually throw a football like an nfl quaterback,john skelton can throw the ball as far as jamarcus and more acurately.
    now if only skelton can pick up the game rapidly,we have a winner.in the future.

  39. tig 0 bitties says: Aug 26, 2010 3:15 PM

    Yep hope you were kidding about getting breaston. That doesn’t make any sense on so many levels.

  40. andyprough says: Aug 26, 2010 3:16 PM

    Too bad for the Cards that Terry Bradshaw died

  41. CarlHess1 says: Aug 26, 2010 3:18 PM

    I am so confused by everything regarding Matt Lienart, my mind is officially blown. He was the unquestioned starter last week and within a week hes getting cut. I am so confused by all the over reporting that no one ever admits to….i just want life to be over with.

  42. superb owl says: Aug 26, 2010 3:20 PM

    t jack win 13 games?
    people talk like he is a godsend.
    he sucks.
    as a starter / dominant qb for a game…
    he is 11-11. in dec/jan 5-7.

  43. FinFan68 says: Aug 26, 2010 3:23 PM

    Why are some of you clamoring for Sage Rosenfels? That dude is garbage and could not even start for the Dolphins when nobody looked good. He is a back-up…Leinart is better than Sage. The Dolphins have the best option for the Cards…(Thigpen) but he won’t come cheap. Pat white, you guys can have him for a 6-pack and a bag of doritos

  44. mj2sexay says: Aug 26, 2010 3:25 PM

    Just more baseless speculation from a fat hack. The next time Lombardi is right on a speculative hunch will be the first. Hey fatso why don’t you give us some more nonsensical college basketball analogies when you make your season predictions. I swear between this turd Florio and “The Situation” I’m almost ashamed to be an Italian-American…
    …almost.

  45. KingAl4Prez says: Aug 26, 2010 3:28 PM

    Why would the cardinals ever even consider trading Breaston (and a pick?) for Rosenfels??

  46. tig 0 bitties says: Aug 26, 2010 3:34 PM

    I would take Sage over Leinart. When he was with the dolphins that was like 8 years ago or someting. He played well for the texans until his infamous rosencopter move. I’ve seen some decent things from him as a Viking fan. He’s not garbage but he’s not anything special. Leinart is garbage.

  47. damnvarmint says: Aug 26, 2010 3:36 PM

    Citing a report of reporting reported by a reporter who reports reports, Matt Leinart is still a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Thanks for rereporting this report and don’t forget to report on this report if further reporting is required. Report.

  48. 90ragtop says: Aug 26, 2010 3:51 PM

    “Report: Cardinals have not discussed dumping Matt Leinart”
    ******************
    Hogwash. They’re burning up the phone lines as we speak. They’re calling so many teams that the touch-tone pad on the phone won’t cool down for a week.

  49. JimmySmith says: Aug 26, 2010 3:55 PM

    Sage Rosencoptor is likely to get cut before the season starts, if the Cardinals just hang back and wait, they don’t have to trade anybody.

  50. Jaxeagle says: Aug 26, 2010 3:56 PM

    @poonhok I sense a trend with your comments on this site buddy. Anyway Whisencunt has been trying to get rid of this kid since the day he took over if you guys know anything about football this day was coming forever but now the big brain is stuck with Derek Anderson and two rookies good for him!!!

  51. Rando74 says: Aug 26, 2010 3:59 PM

    The Cradinals should have gotten Marc Bulger when he was available. If they can take one Rams castoff turn him in to MVP then why not two?

  52. sacdaddy says: Aug 26, 2010 4:06 PM

    @mj2sexay…
    you might as well add Jay Mariotti in there too.

  53. Fkerry12 says: Aug 26, 2010 4:15 PM

    How many Heisman winning QBs have made it in the NFL?

  54. NinerDynasty says: Aug 26, 2010 4:21 PM

    @Brohamma – So you’re saying that Hall is the answer to all your problems because he played a college level game last week and did ok? haha.. plz.. its like me saying ” DID you see ALEX SMITH against the vikings? OMG! he is going to be a pro-ball this year.. the next steve young!”
    Dude! it was one game and regardless if his offense was the 2nd-3rd string as well, the speed of the game is wayy slower when you’re playing agianst/with 2nd-3rd stringer.. that’s why they are 3rd stringers.. is the speed of the defense what counts.

  55. In & Out Burger says: Aug 26, 2010 4:23 PM

    @cvh2009
    You are the typical stupid fan. “Why didn’t the 49ers trade for Tom Brady?” Or “I don’t understand why the Colts don’t trade a 5th rounder for Steven Jackson?” You think Sage is worth Breaston and a 4th or 5th round pick? He is barley going to make the Vikings (assuming Webb isn’t going to be listed at QB) and you want to get a really good WR for him? Breaston is no Andre Johnson but he is better than any non-injured WR on the Vikings.

  56. BBB82 says: Aug 26, 2010 4:45 PM

    If Lombardi reported it, the exact opposite will happen.

  57. john says: Aug 26, 2010 5:15 PM

    This is ridiculious. Bottom line Leinart is 10 of 13 – 0 TDs 0 INTs this preseason. Not good, but not terrible for preseason. How can as a Cards fan we only give the “starter” 13 reps in 2 games. This ain’t Farve it’s Leinart. If this change happens then seems like it was Coach Whiz’s plan all along. Anderson is 21 for 41 – 1 TD 2 Picks. And if it was his plan I would have liked to Anderson him with the first team all off season. …. God Beanie Wells better be really really good

  58. john says: Aug 26, 2010 5:15 PM

    This is ridiculious. Bottom line Leinart is 10 of 13 – 0 TDs 0 INTs this preseason. Not good, but not terrible for preseason. How can as a Cards fan we only give the “starter” 13 reps in 2 games. This ain’t Farve it’s Leinart. If this change happens then seems like it was Coach Whiz’s plan all along. Anderson is 21 for 41 – 1 TD 2 Picks. And if it was his plan I would have liked to Anderson him with the first team all off season. …. God Beanie Wells better be really really good

  59. Rhapsody says: Aug 26, 2010 5:53 PM

    The Cards collapse right after Warner leaves will only help Warned as a first ballot HOFer.

  60. jc1958cool says: Aug 29, 2010 8:56 AM

    lienart’s problem is he has no arm. floating passes works in colledge not the big league. if he can’t win the job now he’s done. sorry cards fans but that is reality. 9er’s win that division by default.

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