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Matt Leinart's preseason ends quietly

Matt Leinart’s Cardinals career likely wrapped up on Thursday night during an odd, almost sad performance in Arizona’s fourth preseason game.

Leinart directed two drives as the Cardinals backup.  One drive was a three-and-out; the other picked up two first downs before stalling.  He completed 3-of-5 passes for 14 yards as he mostly just dumped off his passes. 

Derek Anderson went 2-of-3 for 47 yards during his one drive, leading the Cardinals to a field goal.  But this whole minidrama wasn’t about Anderson.

It was about Leinart and his relationship with coach Ken Whisenhunt.  Redskins TV analyst Joe Thiesmann said Leinart clearly looked “disinterested” during warmups, and not engaged in what was going on.  He criticized Leinart’s body language.

We can’t verify what Theismann witnessed, but it doesn’t really matter.  Whisenhunt gave up on Leinart and we can’t see him recovering in Arizona.  Letting Leinart look for trade partners is probably the last step before a release that should arrive this weekend.

Leinart looked dazed on the sidelines and it’s easy to understand why.  There’s no way he saw the miserable events of the last two weeks coming.

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37 Responses to “Matt Leinart's preseason ends quietly”
  1. JackBurden says: Sep 2, 2010 11:30 PM

    This is simple…In preseason Matty threw a rainbow to Fitz over the middle that hung in the air too long and got the franchise player hit and injured…ever since Matty is on his s-list along with Coach Wis’s s-list.
    Since Matty has not displayed leadership or great talent to this point, he is done in AZ. That throw was the straw that broke camel’s back.
    Put two and two together.

  2. rovibe says: Sep 2, 2010 11:32 PM

    Between Anderson and Leinart, I’d say you can just stick a fork in the Cardinals this year.

  3. stadanko says: Sep 2, 2010 11:45 PM

    Joe Thiesman criticizing a young whipper snapper? You don’t say.

  4. ArtModellsPimp says: Sep 2, 2010 11:45 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen…I give you Pittsburgh’s next starting quarterback.

  5. MrHumble says: Sep 2, 2010 11:47 PM

    Leinart’s preseason ended the same way his career started and progressed……quietly.

  6. rea725 says: Sep 2, 2010 11:58 PM

    Anderson is no Warner, but he’s going to surprise some people this year. AZ: 10-6 +/-1

  7. DarkHorse81 says: Sep 3, 2010 12:00 AM

    Leinart looked dazed on the sidelines and it’s easy to understand why. There’s no way he saw the miserable events of the last two weeks coming.
    ————————————————–
    Hey Matt life comes at you faster than you think
    my friend, and to think you could of been the #1 over all pick only if you had left college one year earlier, but you just couldn’t leave those college frat parties alone could you, just don’t let me read about you being broke in the next 3 to 4 years.

  8. realitypolice says: Sep 3, 2010 12:05 AM

    Wasted talent. I should hate this guy for pissing away his skills like this, but for some reason I root for him. I have no idea why.
    He’ll get one more chance, probably with Seattle. I really hope he gets his head screwed on straight. If he gives it a real effort and fails, so be it. If he pisses it away again because he just doesn’t get it, then the hell with him.

  9. Rhapsody says: Sep 3, 2010 12:17 AM

    Go to bed , Gregg, Maybe you can find some real news to write about tomorrow.

  10. OLDCRACKER says: Sep 3, 2010 12:21 AM

    Trade him to the Broncos. Maybe you can get Brady Quinn to back up Derek Anderson. What’s Charlie Frye doing these days?

  11. TylerRDunn says: Sep 3, 2010 12:22 AM

    Where’s Brian St. Pierre at?

  12. Raider Pride says: Sep 3, 2010 12:35 AM

    This is a good thing or Matt.
    One must hit rock bottom before one can adapt, over come, and achieve.
    I am not writing about his NFL performance, but the way he has looked at himself in the mirror, every moring, since his Sr. year at U.S.C.
    This kid was all about “Hollywood” day one after he was drafted.
    I hope this will be a “Check Up” from the “Neck Up.” that he and the people around him need.

  13. HarrisonHits says: Sep 3, 2010 12:53 AM

    Poor little millionaire. Boo hoo he can live for the rest of his life and never work another day if he wants as a reward for sucking.

  14. devilalum says: Sep 3, 2010 12:59 AM

    What Rosenthal? Now you’re feeling bad for a guy you, Florio and everyone else here ripped on, piled on and continued to take shots at up until a few hours ago? The PFT twitter page alone has been a series of personal sucker punches and obituaries to this guys career over the last week.
    I’m the last person to subscribe to the reactionary, over-the-top critiques of media ethics that right-wing nut-jobs salivate for, but if they ever threw a fit because of this, they just might have a point.

  15. smokeydabear says: Sep 3, 2010 1:02 AM

    dude sucks. he would rather be partying in hollywood.

  16. GoBlue3832 says: Sep 3, 2010 2:25 AM

    Oh, right, because the 49ers have….Alex Smith? Right, close up shop, Cards, it’s over already.

  17. Reggies jukemove says: Sep 3, 2010 2:34 AM

    I think that it’s safe to say Leinart isn’t a good pick in fantasy this year………..

  18. roofles says: Sep 3, 2010 2:36 AM

    sounds like joey sunshine wasnt so sunshiny tonite.
    i realize it was “night time” but i think you catch my drift.

  19. LanMan says: Sep 3, 2010 2:40 AM

    Where is the $20 million package to lure Kurt Warner out of retirement ala Brett Fart?

  20. JohnnyFootballHero says: Sep 3, 2010 2:45 AM

    JackBurden – convincing argument, hard to dispute.

  21. Sow Crates says: Sep 3, 2010 3:02 AM

    Too bad they drafted Levi Brown to accommodate for this guy. How long before they get rid of him?

  22. pondbridge says: Sep 3, 2010 3:09 AM

    Underperformer and locker room poison. Who wants that? Except possibly Count Chocula (who denies having any interest– but this is an ex-USC player duh)

  23. PARavensJeff says: Sep 3, 2010 3:32 AM

    Pittsburgh!! HAHA

  24. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 3, 2010 3:55 AM

    Unless Anderson plays lights out, the division belongs to the 49ers.

  25. tatum32 says: Sep 3, 2010 5:16 AM

    “Put two and two together.”
    with Anderson as the starter…you better hope Max Hall or John Skelton is ready..the s-list might get a lot longer…its the Niners division to lose at this point.

  26. tombrookshire says: Sep 3, 2010 6:40 AM

    This guy was a Heisman candidate, soon to be insurance salesman. Who wouldn’t be disappointed and disinterested. But he still has a hell of a lot of money to sooth his ego.

  27. FireJerryJones says: Sep 3, 2010 6:53 AM

    He has a future in TMZ Beer Bong olympics.
    http://www.rightcelebrity.com/?p=3452
    —-
    Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt released this statement:
    “Matt called me Monday morning and we spoke for a while. I reiterated to him the type of behavior that we expect at all times from our players. He understands that as well as the level of scrutiny that he’s under because of who he is. It’s being handled internally. I was disappointed but at the same time have no doubts about his commitment to this football team or his ability to lead it.”

  28. Lurch says: Sep 3, 2010 7:00 AM

    Spent too much time in the hot tub and not enough in the film room.
    Too much time in Hollywood and not enough in the weight room.
    When he led Fitz across the middle right into the safety, it told you everything you need to know.
    If you leave this guy on the field, he will personally destroy your receiving corp.
    His four-year scholarship with the Cardinals is over. Cut his ass today. It’s time for ballroom dancing.

  29. Chapnasty. says: Sep 3, 2010 7:01 AM

    Not for nothing but Joe Theisman actually said that Donovan McNabb was on the same elite level as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees during last weeks games. I don’t think he has much credibility left after that.

  30. 49er Man says: Sep 3, 2010 7:47 AM

    Kurt Warner is not coming through that door, Anquan Boldin is not coming through that door, Karlos Dansby is not coming through that door.

  31. Saintsarebest says: Sep 3, 2010 8:03 AM

    He can come to the saints. We need another person to bring water to our champion players.

  32. craigolney says: Sep 3, 2010 8:41 AM

    Leinart walks away with millions of dollars & no injuries(minus the one to his ego). He is a legend at USC, will always be significant in the eyes of college football fans as a former Heisman winner.
    Some team will give hm another look for a few more seasons, walk away by 30, has his NFL pension.Can work on his golf game and fish. Most guys have to wait until their 60’s to live that life and he will cut it in half…oh yeah the smoking chicks don’t hurt one bit.

  33. craigolney says: Sep 3, 2010 8:46 AM

    Leinart walks away with millions of dollars & no injuries(minus the one to his ego). He is a legend at USC, will always be significant in the eyes of college football fans as a former Heisman winner.
    Some team will give hm another look for a few more seasons, walk away by 30, has his NFL pension.Can work on his golf game and fish. Most guys have to wait until their 60’s to live that life and he will cut it in half…oh yeah the smoking chicks don’t hurt one bit.

  34. billsfan1 says: Sep 3, 2010 8:56 AM

    he wasnt a heisman candidate.. he was a heisman winner

  35. Jack Burton says: Sep 3, 2010 9:13 AM

    Max Hall took the sorry preseason Leinart had and sealed the bow on it last night.

  36. Jack Burton says: Sep 3, 2010 9:15 AM

    Saintsarebest says:
    September 3, 2010 8:03 AM
    He can come to the saints. We need another person to bring water to our champion players.
    I wonder if he could handle passing a stick of Juicy Fruit to the coach without being sacked or intercepted.

  37. Sammy Sushi says: Sep 3, 2010 9:30 AM

    Matt now has no mojo. ARod has a solution to get it back: Kate Hudson. Demi and Ashton need to make a call to Kate NOW.

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