Matt Leinart calls preseason debut "huge"

Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart, a first-round pick in 2006 who arguably is down to his last chance in Arizona, knows that the season doesn’t start in Week 1 of the regular season.

It starts in Week 1 of the preseason.

It’s huge,” Leinart said of Saturday night’s game against the Texans, per John Marshall of the Associated Press.  “I’m definitely not taking this preseason lightly.  I don’t think you ever do, but there’s always that mindset that ‘I’m only
going to play a series.’  I’m going in knowing I’m not going to play a whole lot,
but I want to take advantage of those opportunities.”

He’s right; it was two years ago that Leinart entered the preseason as the starter.  And he exited it as the backup.

This time around, he’s got Derek Anderson looking over his shoulder instead of Kurt Warner.  Which, for Leinart, is nice.  Still, it’s Leinart’s job to lose.  And, in theory, he could.

So what will he need to do to keep the job?

“I would like to see assertiveness,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said.  “I would like to see how he handles the huddle and the team.  Obviously, you
want to see production but there’s a lot of things we’ll evaluate from Matt that
may not necessarily be seen from the fans perspective.

“I’m excited to see if he can take what he’s progressed with in the
offseason and carry it onto the field in this role he’s in now.”

Sorry, but if Leinart had what it takes to be a successful starter in Arizona, he’d already be a successful starter in Arizona.  Until he proves otherwise, we’ll continue to believe that Leinart was the captain of a blue-chip ship at USC, benefiting from the kind of across-the-board talent gap that makes it easier for the guys who get the glory to get even more of it.

16 responses to “Matt Leinart calls preseason debut "huge"

  1. “It’s huge,” Leinart said of Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals, per John Marshall of the Associated Press.
    Really Leinart vs the Cardinals? Leinart, that’s what she said…. Heyooooooo
    Also that’s like saying if A. Rodgers didn’t start while Favre was there he would never be ready. I mean really? Warner is HOF bound and he was gonna get beat out by some young guy with no exp?

  2. Typical nonsense from Florio. In other words, you think the Cardinals would have started Leinart in front of a future HOF quarterback if he just had what it takes to be a successful NFL QB. What a joke!

  3. So if Matt is playing against the Cardinal’s this Saturday night what team is he Q’ing?

  4. Leinart…You are the most hated man in the NFL….Total Fag. Douschey is too polite to describe your personality.

  5. Matt seems like he has turned the ship the last couple of years and stopped taking for granted all the opportunity he has. I for one hope he succeeds, Arizona deserves a good team. God luck Matt!

  6. against the Cardinals?? You should take a second to proof what you are writing. I know it’s not about Favre, so it doesn’t matter I guess.

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  8. Because every QB has been a success from day one; not a single quarterback has ever played in a few games early in his career but not been great and then sat behind a veteran before getting a series chance. Sometimes I wonder if Florio even knows football…then he proves he does not.

  9. Sorry, but if Leinart had what it takes to be a
    If Kurt Warner had what it took to be a successful starter in the NFL before 1999, he’d already be a successful starter before 1999, right? Let’s not forget that he got his first chance because of an injury to Green. Had Green stayed healthy, he may well have faded back into AFL obscurity. FYI, Kurt Warner was 28 years old when he took over for Green and Matt will be 27. Warner left college in 1994 and it took him until 1998 before he even took a regular season NFL snap.
    Matt’s problems were that of maturity and entitlement and I think that he’s overcome both of those.

  10. Heh heh.
    Add Leinart to the group that Florio will never respect on these pages.
    Like Vick and Shanahan, he’ll never get a fair shake by Florio, no matter how successful he becomes.
    So naturally I’m hoping Leinart has a breakout year!

  11. So what you’re saying is, even though Leinart had glimpses of being a good QB in his first year (rookie record for yards in a game) and he played well in games his 2nd year, you think he sucks? Most QBs have a rocky first year or 2 and then settle in, leinart didn’t get a chance because at the first sight of struggle a HOFer was waiting behind him and he got the job. You really are letting your bias against him show here by not even giving him a slight chance, despite that he’s performed decently in the past. Next time try to be a little less subjective with your opinion.

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