Matt Leinart is a Cardinal no more. Not surprising, given the fact that he simply was umimpressive in the pre-season and the Cardinals organization tried to trade him this week but to no avail. Get more on this story plus photos and video below.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt will hold a press conference this afternoon at 3:00 PM Arizona time. Leinart was told of his release this morning.
In 2006, Leinart was drafted by the Cards 10th overall. There was a lot of excitement here in the desert, knowing that we had a 2004 Heisman Trophy winner headed our way. We saw him as the starting quarterback in his rookie season, with Denny Green at the helm and ending with a 5-11 season. Ken Whisenhunt took over as head coach during the 2007 season, Leinart was the starter yet again, but injured his collar bone in the fifth game of the season. Kurt Warner took over as QB.
Both Warner and Leinart fought for the starting QB position during training camp in 2008, with Warner proving himself as the victor and ultimately took the team to the Super Bowl. It was simply an amazing season! How Warner will do on DWTS remains to be seen, though…Okay sorry, getting off topic here.
Leinart became backup QB in the 2009 season, with the Cards becoming NFC West division champs for the second year in a row. When Warner announced his retirement with the Cards earlier this year, it was Leinart’s time to finally shine, or so we thought. The Cards signed Derek Anderson, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, to a two year deal in March of 2010. Let the ‘quarterback controversy‘ begin… Leinart was none too happy that Anderson started the last two exhibition games.
Leinart spoke out Monday and said:
“I don’t really know what else I could possibly do. It probably goes beyond football, beyond the field actually. For me, I am not making excuses. I am not going to complain. For me, I just really want an explanation and I haven’t been given one.”
With Leinart out, Derek Anderson is now the starting QB for the Cards. Rookie quarterbacks John Skelton and Max Hall will serve as backups. I was quite impressed with Hall Thursday night, how ’bout you?
Here I thought that we’d see Matt Leinart finally be able to show off what he’s got and prove himself to everyone. It just wasn’t meant to be. There are grumblings that his former coach, Pete Carroll, may pick him up over in Seattle. Who knows where he’ll end up, but I do wish the guy the best. He was definitely easy on the eyes, as the video below reveals. Maybe he’s more suited for a modeling career. Heh.
Check out more photos and that video here, plus feel free to leave your comments as well!
Photos: PR Photos