8-31-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals walks in the bench area during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on August 28 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

As I mentioned yesterday, Leinart has made news again by claiming that he thinks the demotion goes for reasons "beyond football". As you would guess, this just leads to more headlines of this Leinart/Anderson debacle. Luckilly, Matt has talked with Coach Whiz in private, and hopefully they repaired the relationship that was probably damaged over the last week. The one positive? At least the Cardinals aren't on "Hard Knocks", imagine how crazy things would be if that was the case.

Another note, after the final Preseason game against the Redskins, I will be writing something about the two QBs, their strengths, their weaknesses, and who I think should be the starter after seeing how well they both preform. I'll also go over some of the problems I had with this entire situation. It will probably be up sometime on Friday.

Now, on to the Links...

After practice, no QB decision yet
The Cards just had their first practice back after coming home from Chicago. No, coach Ken Whisenhunt did not announce a starting quarterback yet. He said both will play in the preseason finale against Washington "unless something changes" (and no, that isn’t some hint to a trade or something).

Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart questions reasons for demotion
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart exercised some diplomacy last week when talking about being demoted to backing up Derek Anderson. On Monday, however, Leinart didn't hold back, saying he must have lost his job for reasons other than performance.

Waiting For Answers
No QB decision yet; Leinart says he's looking for "explanation"

Whisenhunt hits anti-Leinart perceptions - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The most recent NFC West mailbag sought context for perceptions that Matt Leinart could be sinking in Arizona at least in part because the Cardinals' head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, did not draft him.

Whisenhunt Shares Blame For Leinart's Failures | Bleacher Report
Everyone remembers Dennis Green's "They are who we thought they were" tirade after the Arizona Cardinals blew a large lead over the Chicago Bears in 2007. But what people seem to forget is the steady, if not spectacular, performance rookie quarterback Matt Leinart gave that night.

Pieces don't fit in Leinart-Whisenhart puzzle
Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart is suspicious about his demotion to second string.

Whisenhunt on starting QB: 'Maybe we'll keep them guessing'
The Arizona Cardinals are home after a week on the road, dragging along with them a quarterback controversy that shows no sign of any quick resolution.

After the talk
Early in the afternoon, Matt Leinart was looking for an explanation, and Ken Whisenhunt reiterated — which he has actually talked about many times in various situations — he has an open-door policy for any player.

Podcast: Kurt Warner on Matt Leinart - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner weighs in on Matt Leinart's situation, among other subjects, during his conversation with ESPN's Mike & Mike.

Podcast: Ken Whisenhunt on Matt Leinart - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt offered thoughts, insights and clarifications regarding his handling of quarterback Matt Leinart during an appearance Tuesday on the Scott Van Pelt Show .

Arizona Cardinals preseason game vs. Washington Redskins to be televised
The Arizona Cardinals' final preseason game Thursday against the Washington Redskins will be televised on KNXV (Channel 15, ABC) in the Valley.

KTAR.com - Whisenhunt excited about young defenders
While the fans and media have spent much of their time focused on the quarterback battle, there are other positions up for grabs, most notably on defense.

KTAR.com - Green: Careful, Whiz
Careful, Whiz. Matt Leinart's days as an Arizona Cardinal appear to be numbered.

Matt Leinart's future with Arizona Cardinals is shaky; Jim Brown feuding  with Cleveland Browns - Peter King - SI.com
I still think it's more likely Leinart is on the opening day roster than he isn't. But he's not doing himself any favors by speaking out against the decision to give Derek Anderson snaps with the first unit over him -- either with the coaching staff or in the team-chemistry department.

Cardinals, ASU quarterback dramas offer challenge
Every big sports announcement these days is subject to dissection, reflection and occasional insurrection.

Leinart needs to worry about being cut, not traded | ProFootballTalk.com
So with Matt Leinart once again on the verge of losing the starting job that he was supposed to carry into the regular season, there have been rumors and speculation that the Cardinals could trade the 2004 Heisman winner who was the 10th pick in the 2006 draft.

Updating four NFC West contract situations - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A quick look at four prominent NFC West players with notable contract situations for 2010, and how those players fit with their teams

From Peyton Manning to Jake Delhomme, ESPN's John Clayton ranks the NFL's starting QBs - ESPN
28. Matt Leinart/Derek Anderson, Arizona Cardinals

Ranking quarterbacks in the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
John Clayton's quarterback rankings invites discussion and further analysis.

NFL.com news: Cardinals' Whisenhunt: No decision yet on Quarterbacks
The Arizona Cardinals are home after a week on the road, dragging a quarterback controversy that shows no sign of any quick resolution.

Report: Cardinals could wind up cutting Leinart | National Football Post
Matt Leinart knows what is coming.

Kurt Warner And The Situation, Together At Last - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
What will happen more this season on Dancing With The Stars...The Situation revealing his abs just before a commercial break or Kurt Warner thanking God for his toe-tapping ability? It's a toughie.

Leinart should be concerned ... about getting cut - CBSSports.com
Matt Leinart wonders why he's not the starter in Arizona, but he has bigger concerns. He might not make the team.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Gas on the fire
If the Cardinals wanted to see a little fire from Matt Leinart, they got it Monday, when Leinart tossed some gas on the quarterback controversy.

azcentral.com blogs - Dan Bickley - DanBickley - Leinart seals his fate?
After Monday's practice, Matt Leinart walked off the field by himself. He appeared to be looking for a quick exit, only to have a change of heart. He walked back toward a gaggle of reporters, spoke from the heart, and promptly put his foot in his mouth.

Matt Leinart Finally Shows Some Fire, Too Bad He Uses It To Burn Bridges - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
Everyone, including Ken Whisenhunt, has been waiting for Matt Leinar to show some fire. Today, he finally did; unfortunately, it looks like he's using it to burn bridges.

Anderson Talks After Monday's Practice

Whisenhunt's Monday Presser

Matt Leinart | NFL Preseason: Colt McCoy, Matt Leinart, and 10 Stock-Up Week 3 Stars | Bleacher Report
It appeared that the Matt Leinart experiment in Arizona was in its final days. After two sub-par games, Derek Anderson took over the starter's role in game three of the preseason schedule.

Cardinals report (08.30.10): Saturday's performance brightens mood
Prior to Saturday’s contest against the Chicago Bears, more questions than answers surrounded the Arizona Cardinals’ 2010 campaign.

Matt Leinart: "I outplayed the competition" | ProFootballTalk.com
The reporters closest to the Cardinals quarterback situation have mostly lauded how Matt Leinart has handled the latest drama, despite some initial comments that missed the big picture.

Post-camp roster analysis: Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Leinart apparently has no idea where he stands with the Arizona Cardinals. That makes it tough for the rest of us to predict exactly what might happen.

KTAR.com - Matt Leinart: I think I've done enough
Matt Leinart is not happy.

azcentral.com blogs - Kevin Hunt Blog - kevinhunt - Eenie Meenie Miney Mo
I've always preached not to overreact to preseason football but I get sucked in every time. When camp started I truly believed Matt Leinart could be the Trent Dilfer of his generation. A guy who could develop good game management skills. While he may never be dynamic, he could keep the mistakes to a minimum.

Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner officially to be on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is among the celebrities who will cha-cha-cha on the 11th season of "Dancing with the Stars."

Matt Leinart Flashes a Bit of Anger at Being Passed Over as Cardinals' QB -- NFL FanHouse
The Arizona Cardinals have a perturbed Matt Leinart on their hands.

Cardinals QB Matt Leinart sounds off about possibly losing his job - NFL - Sporting News
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart sharply criticized coach Ken Whisenhunt on Monday, saying he has no idea why he is in danger of not starting ahead of Derek Anderson.

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