- ***** Yeah, I know, it's an oxymoron. ;-) But I am really concerned about
the story out of Arizona about Matt Leinart's supposed comments, which he
later denied in totality. The comments attributed to him can be very
damaging to the chemistry within a team. If this was all made up by some
reporter, that reporter should be exposed for it. If the comments were heard
by others, or recorded, that should be revealed, and Leinart exposed as a
guy without the guts to stand behind his statements. Here's the story:
QB Matt Leinart
(ARI) HC Ken Whisenhunt talked this morning about his quarterback situation
and reiterated what he has said all along -- that it is working, and Matt
Leinart is the starter, and it will remain there as he is evaluated
week-by-week. Whisenhunt was also asked about Leinart's comments to Yahoo!
Sports which portray his frustration. Whisenhunt said he doesn't mind
Leinart letting people know up to a point. Meanwhile, Leinart said his
comments were taken out of context and then said he was misquoted all
together regarding his frustrations with the dual quarterback strategy
Whisenhunt has employed. Leinart played the first and fourth quarters, while
backup QB Kurt Warner played most of the middle two quarters in a 21-14 win
over Pittsburgh. Leinart was quoted as saying, "I just want them to ride or
die with me. If I'm the franchise quarterback, play me and let me stumble,
because I'll fight through it, and that will help me and our team in the
long run. - I know coaches want to win now, and I guess they have their
reasons. But I don't understand it, and this switching back and forth is
almost worse than getting benched." Leinart later admitted that he's going
through a tough challenge, but tried to put out the fire Monday by saying,
"None of that was said. I don't really recall ever saying any of those
things to anyone."
***** So, is the reporter a slime ball looking for a story; or is Leinart a
weasel trying to back out of a whine? Whichever is the case, I hope they
don't let this die without getting to the truth. Right now, I'd have to say
that Leinart's "I don't really recall.", rather than a definitive denial,
makes him the "underdog" in this one.
Dogs have masters ... Cats have staff!