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Leinart benched and possibly done with the Cardinals?
From Gregg Rosenthal on PFT...
Matt Leinart benched for Saturday; could be done in Arizona
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 26, 2010 3:24 PM ET
For the second time in three years, it looks like Ken Whisenhunt is giving up on Matt Leinart as a starting quarterback before the season even starts.
Whisenhunt announced that Derek Anderson will start Arizona's preseason game this week against the Bears. The plan is for Leinart to come off the bench late in the second quarter and play into the second half.
Whisenhunt stressed the change wasn't necessarily permanent, but it doesn't take a genius to see this is now Anderson's job to lose. The third preseason game is every team's chance for a final "dress rehearsal" for the season.
As ESPN's Mike Sando writes, "Whisenhunt would not demote his starting QB in third week of preseason if he thought that QB had earned the respect of the locker room." It will be tough for Leinart to recover from this.
Leinart played only nine snaps last week, and now he's not even starting. The only question left is where Leinart will remain with the team. (It looks like NFL.com's Mike Lombardi had great information here.) Whisenhunt is essentially giving up on Leinart, no matter how this move is spun in the short term.
It's at this point we have to mention a tip sent us earlier today, warning us that Leinart was already told Anderson was already the starting quarterback. We didn't feel confident passing it along at the time, but the tipster just earned some major points. So now we can't ignore the second part of the email.
The source claimed that Leinart was told the Cardinals were working on a trade to Seattle, where Leinart and Pete Carroll could try to party like it was 2004. That's certainly just a rumor for now, and sounds a little off the wall.
Then again, the idea of Derek Anderson opening the season as Arizona's starter sounded off the wall just a week ago.
NFLN's Jason La Canfora seems to support the report (or is just trying to get in on the fun). From his Twitter...
From what I hear very likely the Cards give up on Leinart now. Been reporting for weeks DA could be the starter, but dealing Leinart now ...
Re: Leinart benched and possibly done with the Cardinals?
Not much of a surprise here, although I am very disappointed as I really wanted to see the Cardinals take a major nose dive with Leinart replacing Warner.
It's been pretty clear ever since Leinart came into the NFL that he did not have the talent to be a starter and was never going to come close to being what he was cracked up to be. Nothing more than the product of a U$C team laced with superior talent around him.
Oh well, at least he his hot tubs and beer bongs.
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