Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt won’t say who his starting quarterback is, but he’s giving out some strong hints.
“It’s not as much about stats as it is about chemistry with the team. In
that position it’s about how you handle everything that’s thrown at
you,” Whisenhunt said Saturday night after the Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart both played well against the Bears.
(Our coach translator says: “Leinart is screwed.”)
Matt Leinart’s stats this preseason are just fine. Whisenhunt made the change to Derek Anderson after careful thought and it’s unlikely Whiz remains confident in Leinart’s intangibles after four years with him. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have benched him.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic and Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website — the Siskel and Ebert of Cardinals coverage — both don’t know what Whisenhunt will do. But they indicate Anderson looks like the pick. Leinart remains confident in his leadership.
“I feel like I have a great relationship with my guys, my team for four,
five years now,” Leinart said. “Like I said, I can only control what I control, and
that’s playing good football and being a leader. I have a great
relationship with all my teammates and I don’t think it should be based
on that because I feel like I am doing a good job in that department.”
We suspect Whisenhunt feels different, and Somers brings up how tough it would be for Leinart to remain in town as a backup. A trade remains a possibility, but first Whisenhunt has to tell us his final answer instead of just dropping clues.