Sunday's game against the Steelers is beginning to pick up some steam in terms of hype, and it really is one of the more intriguing matchups of the weekend. It features a subplot or two (Tomlin vs. Whisenhunt, the former Pittsburgh assistant coaches battle), and Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin admits it will be an interesting week leading up to the game.
"You're going to sell a lot of newspapers this week," Tomlin said, grinning.
But that's not what I'm most intrigued by. I'm curious as to whether Whisenhunt will develop patience with Matt Leinart. After pulling the young quarterback against the Ravens, I wonder whether he'll do the same against the Steelers. I wouldn't be surprised if the offense struggles against the mighty "Curtain." The way they've played this season, the Steelers might be the best team in the NFL.
So what happens if Leinart does struggle again the same way he did last weekend? Chances are, the Steelers are going to throw him a lot of different looks and blitzes to see how he reacts. If he can't handle things, does Whisenhunt pull him for the more experienced Warner? Same situation as last week, although Whisenhunt may feel more competitive facing off against Tomlin.
That said, I can't see it happening. If Leinart gets pulled, it better be for the rest of the season. Taking him out of games only wreaks havoc on his confidence and it could split the locker room. Obviously, either or both of these consequences would have serious long term side effects. I just can't see it happening for that reason.
Does Leinart get pulled this weekend?
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No, Whisenhunt won't risk blowing his QB's confidence and create riffs in the locker room
No, Leinart's gonna have a great game -- good enough, at least, not to get yanked from the game
Yes, Warner will fare much better because of experience and he'll give the Cardinals the best chance to win