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Report: Mic’d up teammate caught Leinart ripping Cardinals, Whisenhunt

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Memo to NFL players: Watch what you say to your teammates. They may be wearing hidden microphones.

That’s a lesson that Matt Leinart apparently learned the hard way, as he reportedly ripped the Cardinals and their coaching staff during a preseason game while talking to a teammate who, unbeknownst to Leinart, was wearing a microphone designed to capture the sounds of the game.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic reports that the teammate (whom Bickley doesn’t name) asked Leinart about his future in Arizona, and that Leinart let loose on the organization and head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

It’s not clear exactly what Leinart said, and it doesn’t sound like it had anything to do with the Cardinals’ decision to release Leinart shortly thereafter — it was Leinart’s shoddy play on the field, not his comments on the sideline, that led to the Cardinals sending him packing.

But the story could be a lesson for us all — it’s probably not a good idea to badmouth your boss if you want to keep your job.

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31 Responses to “Report: Mic’d up teammate caught Leinart ripping Cardinals, Whisenhunt”
  1. goawayeverybody says: Mar 3, 2011 1:04 PM

    In other news, the sky is blue.

  2. sneckel23 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:05 PM

    Nice story…7 months later.

  3. radzil says: Mar 3, 2011 1:07 PM

    Leinhart is such a clown.

  4. monkeesfan says: Mar 3, 2011 1:09 PM

    Leinart needs to learn he has no right to complain about anyone until he starts growing up and becoming a real football player.

  5. hogpaws says: Mar 3, 2011 1:12 PM

    let’s go orioles!!!

  6. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2011 1:14 PM

    “It’s not clear exactly what Leinart said…”

    The title of this piece certainly suggests otherwise.

  7. dallastrojan says: Mar 3, 2011 1:17 PM

    It had nothing to do with the Cardinal’s decision, but Leinart “learned a lesson the hard way”?!?

    Leinart’s “shoddy play” led to his release? Let’s see, his pre-season QB rating prior to release was +100.

    Whis released the experienced projected starter to play a bunch of rookies and scrubs, finishing the season 5-11. A long fall from the Super Bowl appearance a few years ago.

    Looks like Leinart was right. And, the douches at PFT/CFT continue their transparency in cheap-shotting USC any chance they get.

  8. metalhead65 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:19 PM

    like you would expect him to have anything nice to say about the coach and team the way he was treated once wiz became coach. talk about his play all you want but he showed promise under green but the minute whisenhunt took over he made it clear that he wasn’t his guy. from having splitting reps to being pulled from games whenever he made a mistake showed he had no faith in the guy. so how did replacing him work out for the cardnials this year?as for his play if you tell the guy no mistakes or your out of the game of course he is going to choose the checkdown every time,then you make fun of him for choosing the safe play?

  9. shrike58 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:23 PM

    Better late than never.

    Just another example of how having a crappy attitude is usually its own reward, particularly when your talent isn’t exactly transcendent.

  10. charly0418 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:23 PM

    Funny how PFT is trying to revive past stories as there’s nothing else to talk about

  11. damnskins703 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:24 PM

    God this site will be boring for the next…..couple yrs

  12. jaypace says: Mar 3, 2011 1:24 PM

    How is this a story if its not clear what leinart said how do we know he was ripping people.

  13. mharenza says: Mar 3, 2011 1:26 PM

    Leinart may be a jerk, but Whisenhunt should not get a pass on what transpired at the qb position last season. That division was ripe for the taking, and he put faith in Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton. Clearly a mistake. If the Cardinals didn’t have turnover machines back there they might have won the division. Now they are back in the market for a qb. Seems like a completely wasted season if you ask me.

  14. lonespeed says: Mar 3, 2011 1:28 PM

    I can’t believe anyone would actually confide with a co-worker and criticize their employer. How does that happen?

    Doesn’t everyone know that’s against the honor code.

    If someone complained to me about my company, I’d immediately run to the first executive and out them.

    “Can you believe what so-and-so said about you and the company? And they told me all about it, can you believe that?”

  15. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 3, 2011 1:33 PM

    As bad as he is, and as much as I can’t stand his sense of entitlement, Leinart would have been better than any QB on Arizona’s roster this past year. He might have even been good enough to help them win the NFC West.

  16. meattuperello says: Mar 3, 2011 1:46 PM

    Teams deserve to suck when they cut the best qb on the roster. Leinart takes the team back to the playoffs and musical chairs and the idiot coach gets them a top 10 pick.

  17. thefiesty1 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:06 PM

    Who cares what the jerk may and may not have said.

  18. eagleswin says: Mar 3, 2011 2:15 PM

    mharenza says:
    Mar 3, 2011 1:26 PM
    Leinart may be a jerk, but Whisenhunt should not get a pass on what transpired at the qb position last season. That division was ripe for the taking, and he put faith in Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton. Clearly a mistake. If the Cardinals didn’t have turnover machines back there they might have won the division. Now they are back in the market for a qb. Seems like a completely wasted season if you ask me.

    =================

    I was scratching my head last year when both Anderson and Delhomme got paid decent money after coming off of horrible seasons. Both Delhomme and Anderson proved once again what a joke some of the talent evaluators are. Anderson had 1 decent year and several mediocre ones and yet get’s pegged to be the starter because he has looks the part. Right height, build, arm strength. Never mind not being able to throw the ball accurately and on time.

    Delhomme was so awful that the Panthers ate millions to release the guy. Despite clearly being done as a starter the Browns paid Delhomme $7 mill in 2010 to prove the Panthers correct. That’s alot of money to give a 35 year old QB with declining performance but I guess that’s why Holmgren get’s paid the big bucks.

  19. moseszd says: Mar 3, 2011 2:17 PM

    Leinhart is a tool and blames others for his lack of effort and talent now that he’s not being carried at the University of Sports Cheaters. I mean, seriously, the guy had the best ‘hands’ receiving corps in the NFL and could only complete 57% of his passes? Give me a break.

    I was hoping the Cardinals would keep him and have him keep the franchise down in the dumps…

  20. ny82jy says: Mar 3, 2011 2:21 PM

    How is this a story if one we do not know what he said , and two we don’t know who the teammate was. Waste of my time reading this article

  21. Dave H says: Mar 3, 2011 2:34 PM

    Of course it had something to do with his abrupt release. Anyone who followed the pre-season for Arizona could see that Leinart was the best choice at QB. And suddenly 10 days before the season he is cut??? It was obvious that something went on there of which we as the general public were not aware. Now we now what it was. How incredibly arrogant and insecure and of Wisenhunt! What a stupid decision, and Cardinal players and fans all suffered the consequences. I have no respect for Wiz at all anymore. Moron!

  22. eagleswin says: Mar 3, 2011 2:51 PM

    moseszd says:
    Mar 3, 2011 2:17 PM
    Leinhart is a tool and blames others for his lack of effort and talent now that he’s not being carried at the University of Sports Cheaters. I mean, seriously, the guy had the best ‘hands’ receiving corps in the NFL and could only complete 57% of his passes? Give me a break.

    I was hoping the Cardinals would keep him and have him keep the franchise down in the dumps…

    ———————

    Derek Anderson has never broken the 57% mark in any of his seasons while sporting a 51% completion rate last year. It seems like you will get your wish but for the wrong reasons. BTW, Leinhart completed 66% of his passes the last year before he was released.

  23. toaster463 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:05 PM

    Matt Leinart rookie year, 74 passer rating, 4-7 record= Bust
    Sam Bradford rookie year, 76 passer rating, 7-9 record= Best young QB ever.

    Funny how perceptions can distort things.

    The author’s opinion of Leinart’s ‘erratic’ play is laughable.

    Anyone with a brain knows that Leinart was CLEARLY the best QB in AZ camp last year, and it was politics and the coaches personality clashes that caused Leinart to be cut.

    Of course Leinart’s air of entitlement, lack of work ethic, and general douche-ness caused this. But dont try to pretend that he wasnt playing at least decently, and certainly better than the competition in AZ this offseason.

    That comment is the author with an agenda, and as accurate as a Max Hall deep ball.

  24. oldhamletman says: Mar 3, 2011 3:17 PM

    95% of NFL players are clowns that would say that stuff everyday

  25. thehighhat says: Mar 3, 2011 3:30 PM

    Arizona has a football team? I thought they just hosted Super Bowls.

  26. dwoofer says: Mar 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    There is no way any of the 2010 Cardinals QB’s were better than Leinart (in hindsight.) Who knew ??

  27. Canyonero says: Mar 3, 2011 3:49 PM

    Somebody here is actually giving Leinart credit for the Cardinals Super Bowl appearance?? LOL!!

    Be a Trojan homer if it makes you happy, but puh-leeze stay within yelling distance of the facts.

  28. stairwayto7 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:29 PM

    And he is 3rd strign in Houston behinf Orsloasky? Just retire Matty!

  29. wallabear63 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    I would applaude Heisman winner Leinart for the courage to speak out. If Kyle Orton is a scrub (3-10 season record for 2010), then I honestly could not classify Derek Anderson at all. John Skelton should have been started from the very beginning of season play, but Whisenhunt, like other NFL meddlers Jeff Fisher, Mike Shanihan-igan, and Tom Cable, all seem to garner immense pleasure from doing the QB shuffle. Well… where are they now? Wise up, Whisenhunt, or you’re gonna be out of a job real soon.

  30. sportsreporter311 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:04 PM

    Wow! Must be a slow news day. This is A) a few months old considering he was with the Texans and seemed to get along just fine with everyone there. B) If it was timely…there are no actual details in this story that make it a “story.”
    And let’s look at the Cardinals now… “It wasn’t funny,” Anderson said.“I wasn’t laughing about anything.” (UMM dude you kind of were…)

  31. freedomispopular says: Mar 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Maybe this is why they got rid of him. Even if he was better than anybody else they had, if I’m the coach, I don’t want the leader of my team openly disrespecting me and my staff.

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