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Matt Leinart: Warner, not Whisenhunt, got us to a Super Bowl

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Matt Leinart played for Ken Whisenhunt for three seasons in Arizona. Leinart was not impressed with his coach.

Asked on FOX Sports Live whether Whisenhunt will succeed in Tennessee, Leinart expressed skepticism, saying that Whisenhunt is wrongly credited for getting the 2008 Cardinals to the Super Bowl. According to Leinart, it was Kurt Warner who ran the offense that season, not only on the field but in meetings, where Leinart says Warner devised the game plans and Whisenhunt did nothing more than go along for the ride.

I don’t think it’s a great fit, and I don’t think it’s great timing, and here’s why,” Leinart said of the Titans hiring Whisenhunt. “You look at his tenure in Arizona — only two years, he had success, and in those two years, Kurt Warner ran that football team — I was a part of it. Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20 to 30 new plays which he would say ‘I want these in my game plan.’ We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner’s offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8.”

For his part, Warner said on NFL Network that he thinks Whisenhunt will do a great job with the Titans. Warner added, however, that he thought the Lions — who also wanted Whisenhunt — would have been a better choice for what Whisenhunt brings to the table.

“I’m excited for my old coach Ken Whisenhunt and the job down in Tennessee,” Warner said. “I think I’m a little bit surprised like my most people; you felt like a better fit might be in Detroit just because of the pieces that he had, specifically the quarterback he had there.”

Leinart said he doesn’t think the Titans will succeed with Whisenhunt because Jake Locker isn’t the answer at quarterback. Asked directly if he likes Whisenhunt, Leinart laughed incredulously and answered, “Do I like Whisenhunt?”

I’d take that as a no.

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104 Responses to “Matt Leinart: Warner, not Whisenhunt, got us to a Super Bowl”
  1. gochargersgo says: Jan 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Then conversely it was your fault, not his, that the team began to suck immediately after Warner retired.

  2. douglasgreenbriar says: Jan 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Never trust a left handed quarterback

  3. scoops1 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    hey matt…go back to doing keg stands wit college co-eds

  4. jerruhjones says: Jan 15, 2014 10:30 AM

    Bitter much?

  5. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 15, 2014 10:30 AM

    It’s true.

  6. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 15, 2014 10:31 AM

    Hey, anyone remember who won that Super Bowl? We can’t seem to recall.

  7. wisconsinhillfolk says: Jan 15, 2014 10:32 AM

    Lions win a playoff game before the Tennesseeans.

  8. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:33 AM

    regardless of who it WAS, we know it WASNT you either Matt.

  9. aoc57 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:33 AM

    “Matt Leinart played for Ken Whisenhunt for three seasons in Arizona. Leinart was not impressed with his coach.”

    —————————————————–

    Was anyone impressed with Leinart?

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:33 AM

    Leinart should go enjoy his millions. His time in the NFL was meaningless, his play terrible and I’d already forgotten him.

    Taking a shot at your past coach as the only way to stay relevant in some tiny way is just sad.

  11. azjam says: Jan 15, 2014 10:34 AM

    Sad, Leinart was more interested in the “ladies” than the playbook. But its all Whisenhunt’s fault!!!

  12. flmike says: Jan 15, 2014 10:35 AM

    Wow, Matt, with Reggie Bush all but carrying your butt at USC and Warner dong it at Az, what the heck have you done in major college football or the NFL…

  13. dietrich43 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:36 AM

    Let me get this straight.

    When the HC had a possible HoF, and former league MVP, at QB, he won.

    When he had a bust and spare parts at QB, he didn’t win.

    He goes to a team with a young QB that hasn’t shown much, and is predicted to fail (by a bust at QB).

    Yep, sounds like it’s all on Whisenhunt.

  14. 4sacroc says: Jan 15, 2014 10:37 AM

    douglasgreenbriar says:
    Jan 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Never trust a left handed quarterback

    ==========

    What are ya, 12?

    Ken Stabler, ‘Nitz. Clutch leftie. Super Bowl champeen.

  15. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 15, 2014 10:38 AM

    leinart is dead on. id be nervous if i was locker wouldnt want that dude holding the reins of my qb tutelage

  16. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:38 AM

    Cards were 9-7 that yr if I’m not mistaken.

    Looks like a clear case of players playing inspired football when given the shot in the playoffs. Similar to bothg the giants recent SB wins where they also sucked all year.

  17. baredon says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    Matt who…??

    Why ask a QB who is a proven bust anything about the NFL…??

  18. rpiotr01 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    NFL coaches without a franchise QB will struggle to field winning teams. That is not news. All the more surprising that he went to TENN, where they figure to be rebuilding the position, over DET where they have a talented QB on the roster, albeit one who is in serious need of some coaching and discipline to his game.

  19. kosarkid says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    So i’m guessing it’s a safe bet that Whisenhunt isn’t going to bring Leinart into the mix.

  20. raiderrob21 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    Its matt leinart who cares what he has to say.

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:40 AM

    But one thing is for sure! — Whether it was Warner of Wissy or Fitz or boldin or the Kevin Curtis dropping the ball in the NFCCG for yet another Eagles “almost” letdown… it sure wasn’t leinart who got them to the SB!

  22. icanspeel says: Jan 15, 2014 10:41 AM

    So it’s also Whisenhunt’s fault Leinart sucked so much too?

  23. buckhuckster says: Jan 15, 2014 10:42 AM

    Something tells me Leinart isn’t getting an invite to Nashville come spring training.

  24. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:42 AM

    True, but better left unspoken if you’re
    a USC fraud QB who stole millions .

    Warner is a first time HOF

  25. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jan 15, 2014 10:43 AM

    The League’s Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says:
    Hey, anyone remember who won that Super Bowl? We can’t seem to recall.
    ________________________________
    Uhhh hello?
    The league’s resident bad boys? The original black hats aka the black and yellow? The three rivers six rings squad?!?

    The Steelers!!!

  26. skittlesareyum says: Jan 15, 2014 10:44 AM

    It’s funny that most comments on the stories about Whisenhunt’s hiring say Warner was the only reason Whisenhunt ever did well, but then a former player of Whisenhunt’s says the same thing and everyone rips the player.

    I don’t really get it. He doesn’t have to be good at quarterbacking to be right.

  27. bennyb82 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:45 AM

    Even if what Leinart said is true, he really is not in a position to publicly slam someone based on their performance.

  28. donl517 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:45 AM

    Hey, anyone remember who won that Super Bowl? We can’t seem to recall.

    —————————————————

    Some bumble bee looking bozo’s

  29. dcstinks says: Jan 15, 2014 10:47 AM

    Leinert? How did you get the day off from pumping gas to do this interview? Did they meet you at the station??

  30. metalhead65 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:48 AM

    whisenhunt never gave leinert a fair chance so why would he have anything good to say about him? he played well for dennis green before he getting hurt then wisenhunt takes over and all of sudden he can’t play? what did he say that wasn’t true? did he win after warner retired?

  31. bobzilla1001 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:49 AM

    I don’t ever remember Ken Whisenhunt being given credit for getting Arizona to the Super Bowl. It’s always been about Kurt Warner, mainly because we live in a quarterback-obsessed sports society.
    Meanwhile, Matt Leinart must’ve been in charge of the Cardinals’ porous defense, the one that allowed 49 TDs in 2008, the one that was the worst to ever reach a Super Bowl.
    It’s a shame that Bruce Arians and Ben Roethlisberger were unable to figure out a defense that surrendered 47 points to Matt Cassel and the Patriots just a few games before Super Bowl 43.
    Whenever I think of Super Bowl 43, one name always comes to mind: James Harrison.

  32. fwippel says: Jan 15, 2014 10:49 AM

    Go away, Matt. You are making yourself look bad…..again.

  33. daysend564 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:50 AM

    It was, however, largely your fault that the team almost didn’t even make the playoffs that year.

  34. gfcf42489 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:53 AM

    I’m not defending Leinart’s poor play in AZ, but I can understand why he’s still upset at Whisenhunt. Leinart was never Whiz’s type of guy in the first place, and upon looking back, he probably feels like the Cards should have traded him in 2008 to a team who needed a QB. He was constantly deemed “the future” while sitting on the bench behind Warner, despite Whisenhunt knowing full well that he didn’t want Leinart was his starting QB.

    Did Whiz “kill” Leinart’s career? Don’t think so, but there’s no doubting he wasted most of it.

  35. cipher0352 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:53 AM

    Who’s Matt Leinart?!?!?

  36. cougarts76 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    Maybe the 5-11 season was because they had Leinart at QB instead of Warner…?

  37. bigcid10 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    Don’t worry ,Jake Locker is already replaced
    they’ll be drafting a qb in the first round
    and a veteran from FA. Locker will be the third string

  38. autoriot says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    True story.

  39. ezwriter69 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    Leinart is living proof that indeed, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned….

  40. peymax1693 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:54 AM

    If anyone would know whether somebody sucks at their job, it would have to be Leinart.

  41. jcbrave says: Jan 15, 2014 10:55 AM

    What in the world does Matt Leinart even know about playing QB in the NFL? Last time he played was in the 2013 preseason where he was 3 of 10 and 2 INT’s.

    What clown thought his opinion mattered anyways….

  42. squinn21 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:56 AM

    Wiz sure as hell made Phillip Rivers a lot better this year. No denying that.Sounds like sour grapes from Leinart though.

  43. cityofbabylon says: Jan 15, 2014 10:57 AM

    Matt is right about whiz not winning with Jake Locker…..But who said they’ll stay with Locker for more than one year! It may sound like sour grapes for Matt; however, he has valid reasons for his views. Firstly, Whiz had 5-11, 8-8 and 5-11 seasons after Warner retired. Secondly, the defense in Arizona was the only reason why they won games after Warner retired. Offense is whiz’s specialty and they couldn’t succeed with him hand picking a QB and running the offense. Lastly, a veteran QB that is a borderline HOF make coaches look real good! Warner and Rivers have made Whiz look real good and that perception clouds peoples minds. They forget about him not being able to develop young QBs! Matt ultimately needs to remember that he’s a Dennis Green guy so Whiz had no loyalty to him!

  44. jvw1982 says: Jan 15, 2014 10:58 AM

    LOL, all you viking and Bear fans who applauded the hiring of Caldwell will regret it real soon…..Caldwell will be successful in Detroit…and you dumb ass Lion fans better get behind him now instead of crying because Whisenhunt went to Tenn

  45. granadafan says: Jan 15, 2014 10:58 AM

    Sounds like Warner has a future in coaching if he wishes to do so.

  46. abqhawk says: Jan 15, 2014 10:58 AM

    Uhh Matt – you’re the starting QB for what team? When did the Unsigned Free Agents become an NFL team?

  47. superskins says: Jan 15, 2014 10:59 AM

    @douglasgreenbriar – That left handed Steve Young guy was pretty good.

  48. metrocritical says: Jan 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    Give him some credibility. Leinart certainly is an expert on not succeeding.

  49. xtech9 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    Never trust a left handed quarterback

    ==========

    Especially when that quarterback is right handed but insists on throwing with his left

  50. 1rockyracoon says: Jan 15, 2014 11:04 AM

    Ripping Leinart may be fun, but his playing career is not the issue. He is telling everyone that the little bit of success Wisenhunt had in Arizona was due to Warner acting like a player/coach. Would you want Wisenhunt coaching your favorite team? (Don’t answer that question Browns fans)

  51. wtfchiefs says: Jan 15, 2014 11:04 AM

    I don’t think he’s being bitter. He’s exactly right. And when the whole world could see Warner was better, Whisenhunt was still flipping QB’s back and forth between Warner and Leinart. That Cardinals Super Bowl run was all about Warner, Fitzgerald, and Boldin. It’s no coincidence they went down the tubes so fast after losing Warner and Boldin. Whisenhunt was left without those players and had to actually coach.

    He also went into a good situation in SD with Rivers where he was fortunate enough to take over an offense that had been top 5 in scoring offense for 8 of the past 9 years prior to him getting there.

  52. megatronownsyou says: Jan 15, 2014 11:08 AM

    So maybe all you internet geniuses are wrong (as usual) and Detroit made the right choice

  53. titlelessincincy says: Jan 15, 2014 11:08 AM

    metalhead65 says:

    he played well for dennis green before he getting hurt then wisenhunt takes over and all of sudden he can’t play?

    __________________________________

    According to 31 other opinions from those that matter, the answer is No – he can’t play.

  54. tformation says: Jan 15, 2014 11:08 AM

    Hard for Leinart to say anything without coming off as bitter, but he does have a point. After Kurt Warner retired, Whisenhunt’s fortunes did turn sour. You could argue his success in San Diego came hand in hand with Philip Rivers. (Although Rivers has been declining the last few years…)

  55. dwoofer says: Jan 15, 2014 11:11 AM

    You might not like Leinart, but he isn’t saying here that he was a great QB. He is stating the facts about the relationship and workings between the Cardinals, Whisenhunt, and Warner. Just because you don’t like him doesn’t mean he isn’t accurately relating the facts.

  56. 80sbroncofan says: Jan 15, 2014 11:12 AM

    Well Matt. You were supposed to be the successor to Kurt Warner, but you sucked so they had to move on from you. You are part of the reason Whisenhunt is still not coaching in Arizona.

  57. pongonfl says: Jan 15, 2014 11:17 AM

    Its funny how someone everyone hates, says something that most believe is true, and he gets flamed for it. lol

    Story may be true, but he has had some success calling the plays at the Chargers. And allot of the great coaching stories have been second acts.

  58. punksinplay says: Jan 15, 2014 11:18 AM

    So says one of the biggest busts in NFL history.

  59. mcmeen0576 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:22 AM

    Matt Leinart got such a raw deal in Arizona. They never gave him a chance. Ken ruined that guys career. Im not saying he would have been Peyton Manning, but he could have been Jake Delhomme.

  60. sandersmarcus10 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:24 AM

    Who are we talking about?

  61. jpaq68 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:24 AM

    Matt, the reason you are no longer in the league is your lack of talent, not Ken Whisenhunt.

  62. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 15, 2014 11:27 AM

    The only reason AZ went 8-8 in between those two 5-11 seasons were punt return TD’s against two TERRIBLE teams over three games- opener at home against Carolina and twice against the Rams.

    Essentially, as soon as Warner left, the Cardinals tanked. Big time. They had no plan once he departed and all the players they drafted/acquired were mediocre.

    Rod Graves get some blame for sure, but Whisenhunt got spoiled by Warner.

  63. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2014 11:28 AM

    I know people will shoot the messenger because he’s a bad ex-player who has an axe to grind, but he’s right. Whisenhunt won the NFC West when it was arguably the league’s worst division with mediocre records over a 2 year span when Warner was amongst the handful of the NFL’s best QBs, and definitely a top 3 QB in the NFC.

    He trotted out a succession of horrible starting quarterbacks that he tried to sell the fans, never developed any kind of credible running game which was supposed to be his selling point coming from Pittsburgh, and the defense was mostly mediocre to downright bad until Ray Horton finally showed up his last couple of years. Arians has improved on everything he did in his short time as coach across the board.

    Before anyone tries to lay that on Graves, please do your research. Graves was the classic cap manager and nothing more who didn’t have any personnel juice going back to the Dennis Green hire, who btw picked most of the productive players he won his couple of years with.

  64. rajbais says: Jan 15, 2014 11:29 AM

    Oh, ad hominem attacks to dispute Leinart???

    I’m shocked.

    If he was successful in Houston and Oakland no one would attempt to dispute him.

    Whisenhunt is a flawed coach and bad influence for organizations.

    He’s a flawed coach because he never used tight ends properly (ie Rob Housler), prolonged bad QB play to not admit wrongdoing in adding Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley, and can’t exceed crappy expectations well (ie 2010 and 2012).

    How can anyone hire this guy when Ryan Lindley was played over Brian Hoyer????

    My sympathies go out to Hue Jackson. At least he can exceed crappy expectations unlike Whiz.

  65. titaniksigh says: Jan 15, 2014 11:31 AM

    Sour grapes Matt?? At least Whis had 2 years of success. You had zero!

  66. upperdecker19 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:32 AM

    Jesus, not Warner/Leinart/Whisenhunt, got them to the Super Bowl

  67. medialovesthecowboys says: Jan 15, 2014 11:32 AM

    I thought this was common knowledge.

    It’s funny how on the outside looking in, most fans can see that Jim Caldwell was successful because of Peyton Manning and Whisenhunt was successful because of Kurt Warner. It goes both ways. Alex Smith was successful in San Francisco because of Jim Harbaugh and enjoyed success last year because of Andy Reid. Any fan with a half a brain can see this.

    (For further evidence see: Matt Flynn, Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb, and Brian Billick)

  68. rajbais says: Jan 15, 2014 11:32 AM

    Next time Matt, relay the question to Anquan Boldin.

    At least his credibility resulting from his play doesn’t cause people to dispute Whisenhunt skepticism.

    Whisenhunt is a flawed coach and should have never gotten interviews. In AZ, he never used tight ends properly (ie Rob Housler), prolonged bad QB play to not admit wrongdoing in adding Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley, and can’t exceed crappy expectations well (ie 2010 and 2012).

    Again … he played Ryan Lindley over Brian Hoyer.

  69. mogogo1 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:34 AM

    The hatred between Whisenhunt and Leinart must be intense because Whisenhunt gave up an entire season just to get rid of Leinart.

    For those that don’t recall, Warner had retired and Leinart was having a decent preseason when he was cut outright. No trade–Whisenhunt cut him and got nothing in return, wasting another year of Larry Fitzgerald’s career while Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall bumbled the season away.

  70. drs76109 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:37 AM

    Like he’s an Authority to speak?

  71. filmex2000 says: Jan 15, 2014 11:39 AM

    As someone who saw every single game Whisenhunt coached, whether he should have weighed in or not, Leinart is spot on.

    Whiz has done well only when he had elite QBs-Roethlisberger-Warner-Rivers. No so-so QB has ever improved under his tutelage.

    And when left to his own instincts as to who can be a quality QB, he’s an absolute disaster. Who can forget those press conferences when he tried to persuade the fan base that munchkin Max Hall was a viable starting QB–this after we had just watched him throwing passes into the back of his O-linemen.

    Whiz couldn’t find an elite QB if Joe Montana was sleeping on Whiz’s couch.

    When we had Bolden, we went to the Superbowl–just like Baltimore and just as the Niners are doing. Bolden was more responsible for that year that Coach Whiz. Let him make personnel decisions, and your team is doomed. Which is why the first thing Bruce Arians did was jettison Levi Brown, which Whiz refused to do for years. Whiz left town and now we’re a winning team again.

  72. truths4all says: Jan 15, 2014 11:42 AM

    Come on football fans, let’s be fair and accurate.

    Leinart did not get to contribute to the Cards’ fall from their Super Bowl levels as Whisenhunt cut Leinart once he dared complain about Whisenhunt’s methods.

    Instead, Whisenhunt confidently chose to go and place all of the Cards’ and his future in Derek Anderson’s hands. And we know how well that worked out, don’t we since Whisenhunt soon threw Anderson under the bus for his inability to play like Warner in favor of undrafted free agent Max Hall who Whisenhunt soon threw under the bus in favor of John Skelton.

    That is a perfect example of the thought and analysis processes Whisenhunt brings as a HC. Titans, you are most certainly welcome to the Whisenhunt era and we hope you will enjoy picking the first pick in the first round for many years to come while Whisenhunt blames everyone but himself for the failures of the Titans.

  73. contract says: Jan 15, 2014 11:51 AM

    Just one question … Was Matt Leinart wake enough in Arizona to realize that Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator there?

    Whisenhunt was the head coach, not the OC.

  74. sandygonads says: Jan 15, 2014 11:53 AM

    At the end of the day the players should get credit. They’re the ones of their playing, and likewise when a teams losing not all the blame should be on the coaching.
    Just like i’m not going to give John Fox credit if the Broncos win the superbowl. Whats been going over there is ALL Peyton.

  75. truths4all says: Jan 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    I am not a Leinart fan and he has done zero in the NFL.

    However, it is really unfair to rag on him over his college career where he always had the big target on his back and yet he and his team kept winning games.

    There was a game where Arizona State just kicked USC’s butts up and down the field in the first half. ASU beat Leinart like a drum and he needed more than few stitches as ASU finished the first half with a big lead.

    In the second half, Leinart lined up and threw for 4 TDs and USC won the game going away. Say what you want, but Leinart was tough and he still competed and produced instead of going into hiding.

    Again, Leinart has done nothing in the NFL, but I’d say none of us has ever played better than he had in college; and its still a team game so does anyone think Reggie Bush would have gotten his yards and catches without the rest of USC team?

  76. theuglitruth says: Jan 15, 2014 12:10 PM

    There was always a bunch of clueless peeps in Phoenix that thought Matt was the guy and blamed Whiz for his failures. Warner was great, but Whiz gave washed up Warner the chance and the players played for Whiz until the last year…not for the fans, or management. Besides, if Leinart was going to be great….he didn’t show it when it counted. Not in AZ, not is Houston, not in Oakland….enough said.

  77. jonkoethe says: Jan 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    @bobzilla

    Yeah, Roethlisberger had a lot of trouble figuring out that defense on the game winning 92 yard drive. Bet you weren’t impressed by the throw either.

  78. jjbadd385 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    I absolutely believe him, his Qb play don’t take away from his common sense! I mean, I’ve never played a single snap, nor could I, I would certainly suck, but I do know a few instances where the QB has made a coach look brilliant, my favorite team has one in Peyton Manning, we all know John Fox sucks! Then there was Elway, that made Shanahan look awesome, how has he.been since Elway retired? Jim Caldwell? We will find out soon enough if he is right or wrong…

  79. 100uv says: Jan 15, 2014 12:23 PM

    Didn’t he cried when PARIS HILTON break up with him?
    Matt was hanging out with celebrities when he should had focused in football.

  80. vusnu says: Jan 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    Leinhart’s comments make a lot of sense. Belichick would not be such a football genius without Brady. Look what happened to the Colts when Peyton was injured. I remember the NFCCG vividly – no way the Cards win that game without Warner.

  81. realdealsteel says: Jan 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    Leinhart isn’t qualified to comment on how good ANY quarterback is or isn’t. Leinhart’s claim to fame is sitting in the hot tube with some college babies while he was with the Cardinals when he should have been studying the playbook.

    Leinhart is a spoiled rich brat who when the time came to apply himself, he choose to be a slacker and sit in the Jacuzzi with some bimbos.

    He wishes he had the type of dedication that Andrew Luck has. Luck was born with a silver spoon too but he has all the fire in the world in him.

    Screw (hot tube) Leinhart.

  82. daggolden says: Jan 15, 2014 12:38 PM

    Who cares how Leinhart played. Is what he said true? If so thats a problem. Did Kurt Warner come in and design plays and Wiz took credit? Wow

  83. jpb12 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:43 PM

    Wonder what Matt Cassel thinks? He’s a better QB.

  84. Youknowimright says: Jan 15, 2014 12:43 PM

    Come in Mr. Leinhart, Mr Mcnabb is ready for your weekly moron tutoring session. Some people just don’t think before they open their mouths. This comes off as such sour grapes that it’s ridiculous. You look pretty bad here Matt.

  85. dalcow4 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:44 PM

    Leinart may be bitter. Leinart may have been a bust. But he isn’t wrong about Warner running that show. Whisenhunt hasn’t done anything without Warner.

  86. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 15, 2014 12:50 PM

    100uv says:
    Jan 15, 2014 12:23 PM

    Didn’t he cried when PARIS HILTON break up with him?
    Matt was hanging out with celebrities when he should had focused in football
    ********
    I dont’ know Matt, but to be fair, they may have been tears of joy.

    It was Paris Hilton after all.

  87. sundevil1982 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:54 PM

    As a cards fan I’ve been waiting for somebody to call out whiz for this. Seems like he got away with everything since the AZ media was in love with him. Leinart was probably the best QB on the roster after Warner left and Whiz cut him for a revolving door or horrible players. I’ll be laughing when he finds Derek Anderson 2.0 to replace Locker.

  88. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 15, 2014 1:08 PM

    “Make no mistake about it. Everyone but me was responsible for getting us to a Super Bowl.” – Matt Leinart

  89. maverickstar says: Jan 15, 2014 1:09 PM

    I find it odd that after reading this whole thread of comments, there are only really attacks on Leinart. I would like more arguments on why everyone thinks Leinart is wrong and Whisenhunt is a great choice that are based on reasons other than Leinart’s playing ability. Any competent football fan should know playing ability, coaching ability, and analysis ability do not go hand in hand. Hey may be right, may be wrong. But if we automatically discount his thoughts because he sucked as a pro, nobody here should even be allowed to do so much a make a peep unless we made it that far.

  90. damcmp says: Jan 15, 2014 1:29 PM

    Great to see the truth come out!! People get credited for things other people do all the time….Gase at Denver, McCoy at Denver, Caldwell at Indy… Good Players make good coaches….Great QB’s make Walsh(Joe Montana) Shanahan(Elway), Holmgren(Favre) Whisenhunt(Warner) and others great….Lienert didn’t have to be great to be observant
    Way to go Matt…….!!

  91. virgintothegame says: Jan 15, 2014 1:40 PM

    what a joke

    leinart played terrible and he is going to blame that on Whisenhunt?

    You are not a starter in this league for a reason…

    oh wait, that is why you are a free agent..who will probably never play in the league..

    oooooohh KILLLL emmm

  92. jrob23 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:45 PM

    It seems to me that when given a QB with talent he excels. He developed Big Ben and helped them get a SB ring. He resurrected Warner (remember the Giants days?) and helped them get to the SB. Then Kurt hangs it up and he has a difficult time finding his replacement. Duh, so would every single other coach. But he then goes to SD and resurrects Rivers and that offense. Leinert is butthurt because he is one of the main reasons it didn’t work in ARI. Pretty sad, stick to partying Matt.

  93. jerruhntology says: Jan 15, 2014 1:49 PM

    Whenever I think of Super Bowl 43, the name that always comes to mind is Terry McAulay.

  94. indycard51 says: Jan 15, 2014 1:50 PM

    I understand people questioning Whiz’ performance post-Warner. But those down years were a result of personnel more so than coaching–and it’s debatable how much control over personnel Whisenhunt had.

    Furthermore, Warner was by no means an obvious choice to start when Whisenhunt arrived in Arizona. Many analysts at the time questioned Whiz for playing him at all in early ’07, especially since the team spent a Top 10 pick on a QB in 2006.

    For all the criticism the Carson Palmer acquisition received, the Cards could at least take comfort this year in knowing they had someone who had performed at an average NFL starter level over the past few seasons.

    Warner, on the other hand, was quite dreadful before Whiz arrived. In his five seasons before the Whisenhunt-era began, Warner won 8 of 27 starts, during which he compiled 27 TDs, 30 INTs, and 45 fumbles.

    I like Arians, but I’m not sure why he receives far more credit for getting a QB (Palmer) to produce at nearly the same level he’s been at for the past several seasons, whereas Whiz gets no credit at all for resurrecting a career (Warner’s) that nearly all of the NFL thought was over.

    Arians is seen as a QB guru because he’s had success with Manning, Roethlisberger, and Luck. Again, Arians is a good coach, but I believe Whiz and 99% of NFL coaches could win with those guys.

    The last few seasons were hard for Whiz given the lack of talent and cooperation from the organization. But his coaching ability and savvy for game-planning shouldn’t be overlooked. After all, the guy won in Foxboro –where Brady is 37-3 the last five seasons — with Kevin Kolb as his quarterback. He beat Harbaugh and the Niners with John Skelton at QB. And he beat Sean Payton and Drew Brees with Max-freaking-Hall at the helm.

  95. kevinbnyc says: Jan 15, 2014 2:05 PM

    Know who definitely didn’t have anything to do with the success in Arizona? Matt Leinart.

  96. skippy22j says: Jan 15, 2014 2:21 PM

    Hey Matt. What does it say about you and the team going 5-11 after Kurt left? exactly!!

    Also, your just pissy cuz the titans didnt draft you when they even had your all mighty OC from USC on the team and they STILL didnt want you.

    Matt, no one wants you. just go away!!!

  97. dbarnes79 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:23 PM

    Who is Leinart to criticize anyone? He was terrible everywhere he played. And for him to say Locke is not the answer makes me believe more in Locker’s abilities. Locker is better than Leinart ever was too.

  98. rocketsurgery52 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:43 PM

    Leinart shows his USC upbringing… what a richard he turned out to be.

  99. thetooloftools says: Jan 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    Matt Leinart has no cred. Her teammates hated her. Spoiled lil’ brat.

  100. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2014 2:52 PM

    For the people defending Whisenhunt, riddle me this. If just losing Warner automatically would throw any coach for a loop, leading to his losing seasons, explain why the other aspects of the team were always so poor. The running game always was bad, the offensive line always stunk (help you Titan fans if he hires Grimm to come with him), the defense was always bad until the last year and a half, and we’ve already been over how bad the QB development/play was. I find it even more hilarious that the media is slamming the Caldwell hire (and btw rightfully so), but think Whisenhunt is somehow a solid hire in the next breath, lol. The only part of the Cardinals team that was good every year was the special teams play, so good luck with all that Titan fans. I think you fired that same coach 3 years ago.

    Like Fisher in Nashville, Whisenhunt sure has his loyal media throng here in the desert to perpetuate the “good coach” myth who have probably seen so much bad football, they let the sand get in their eyes on this guy because he was nice to them and won a few games.

  101. pongonfl says: Jan 15, 2014 3:06 PM

    did Wishenhart develop Big Ben? I thought the guy that is now the coach of the Cardinals did that?

  102. rockbottom37 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:04 PM

    Glad Lions didn’t sign this clown.

  103. cri33 says: Jan 16, 2014 11:53 PM

    Well safe to say Matt isn’t going to be working for Whizenhunt anytime soon. Having said that I sometimes wonder about Ken being a head coach again myself. He seems to have found the most success as an NFL assistant lately.

  104. kelzsterr says: Jan 17, 2014 9:41 AM

    If I remember correctly Todd Haley was {cough-Cough} the OC in charge of game plan not Wisenhut – anyone remember Boldin-Haley yelling match in SB? Haley goes to KC chokes -goes to Steelers still choking – whose has SB rings taking Steelers to win Wiz ~ who goes to SD gets Rivers back to playoffs ~ Wiz~ Whose the failure Matt? Who was it during the games the camera panned to and they were pouting…. Hmmmm _~ you!!!! Enough said

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