I've been thinking about this subject that I'm about to blog about, for awhile, and haven't seen anyone else touch on this. There are a lot doubters about our upcoming starting quarterback, and to them I say this, welcome to Leinart's first season with a good running game at his arsenal.
|MATT LEINART STATS||Passing||Rushing|
|REGGIE BUSH STATS||Receiving||Rushing|
As you can see above, Matt Leinart's numbers are legendary as are Bush's.
Now see below what #7's current counterpart did while he was studying. Mind you Beanhead missed numerous games in 2008 otherwise he could have very well put up even more disgusting numbers in 2008.
|CHRIS WELLS STATS||Receiving||Rushing|
Now lets take a look at what Mr. Leinart was given in his rookie season and how he worked with it. I only point out his rookie numbers because, what the doubters fail to realize, was this was the year where he really ever saw the playing field.
1159 yds on 337 carries
3.4 a carry
4-7 W-L record
214/377 for 56.8% completion rate
Not too shabby for a rookie with an aging RB at his side, 3.4 a carry, yikes!! (I blame the line for that 3.4, well maybe 72% line's fault, and 28% for James)
Lets compare those rookie numbers to another rookie AZ QB that I loved (and than loathed).
3-6 W-L record
157/296 for 53% completion rate
A smidge better.
Have you all picked up what I'm laying down?
Its gonna be a great year!