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Leinart’s thoughts on the new Seahawks coach

Posted by Darren Urban on January 14, 2010 – 4:43 pm

Pete Carroll already had a good thing going at USC before Matt Leinart became a college superstar, but it’s fair to say the Trojans’ program took its spot on the top of the college football heap during the Leinart years. And it’s obvious he and Carroll — who left the Trojans last week to become the new head coach and grand pooh-bah of the Seattle Seahawks — were close.

So it’s not surprising to hear that Leinart, from his perch in the Cardinals’ locker room, thinks Carroll will be successful in Seattle. And Leinart confirmed what many suspected for a long time, that Carroll had a desire to get back to the NFL and prove he could be successful and not just a near-.500 coach as he had been earlier in his career with the Jets and Patriots.

“Even when I was in college, if the right (NFL) opportunity presented itself, I knew he was going to jump all over it,” Leinart said. “This situation was too good to pass up. He’s such a competitive coach and person, I think it is challenging for him, he wants to be successful (in the NFL). He’s done pretty much all he could do in college, he probably could have been there forever and be one of the greatest coaches ever in college but the NFL has kind of always been what he has loved … it’s hard to say, but his personality, he’s always wanted to go (back) to the NFL and be successful and win.”

Now, the question is, can he win? The Seahawks are in transition, no longer the bullies of the NFC West. They are on their third coach in three seasons. They need or are going to need a new quarterback with Matt Hasselbeck seemingly near the end of his career. Carroll goes from being a college coach for a decade to not only coaching in the NFL but, by most accounts, having control over the roster (although the talk of bringing Floyd Reese in as general manager would probably be a good move).

Most importantly, it’ll be interesting to see how Carroll runs his team. NFL players don’t respond well to rah-rah head coaches; it’s one of the downfalls Carroll had during his first NFL stints. We’ll see if Carroll is different, or if his message is simply better received this time around. Obviously, the Cards will have a close-up view of his results.


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31 Responses to “Leinart’s thoughts on the new Seahawks coach”

  1. By CARDSFAN1178124 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    LEINART WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE US WHERE EVER WE WANT TO GO!

  2. By Matt on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    What are your thoughts about possibly trading Leinart to the Seahawks? Many reports have people thinking that Whisenhunt does not like Leinart as his quarterback (despite what he says), and if we could get some picks for him I say we pull the trigger if Whiz isn’t gonna resign Leinart anyways.

  3. By cards62 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Very interesting and Seattle has 2 first round picks this year. Numbers 6 and 14. I am not a Leinart hater but a football guy so if we extend Warner another year after our Superbowl run this will give us 2 years to develope a replacement for Kurt and Leinart is just too expensive and to be fair to him wasting the prime of his career on the bench behind HOF Warner. If I am Rod Graves and Kurt stays on for at least one more year and better yet 2 years I pull the trigger and send the former number 10 pick of the draft Leinart to Seattle for their number 14 pick. Darren are you with me? Cardinal fans are you with me? Do you guys think Seattle would be interested?

  4. By darrenurban on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Matt —

    I think that is pure speculation right now. Anything can happen, of course, but you better be careful about trading a quarterback to a division rival. You wouldn’t want him coming back to haunt you.

  5. By darrenurban on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Cards62 —

    I do not think you could get a No. 1 pick for Leinart right now. I also don’t believe Warner will play past 2010 — and that’s assuming he doesn’t retire after this season.

  6. By John on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Leinart is simply a Liability. a non performer on NFL levels. there have been college greats that were hopefuls before and never made it in the NFL. maybe the only hope for him in the NFL is to hook back up with Pete. i am no where near a Leinart fan. any way possible he needs to go. we need to look for a QB anyway and one that Whiz can work with who has potential. god save us if we’re stuck with Leinart.

  7. By jdragon on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t remember, Leinart ever becoming a super star except a total waste of money for the Cards. They should’ve drafted Culter instead…

  8. By gkat on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –
    FYI – No comment on the story, but the Cardinal logo on the bottom takes you to the St. Louis Cardinal baseball team website. Not back to the Az Cardinal website.

    And Go Cards!

  9. By darrenurban on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    gkat —

    Wow. Thanks for the heads-up. Whenever someone plugged in the link, they wrote “cardinals.com” rather than “azcardinals.com.” I will get it fixed.

  10. By georgiebird on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Found it ironic last week that no one in any media brought up the Runner-up Bowl game in 1964 when Cards beat Packers 24-17. I can still see announcer Jack Drees handing Billy Gambrell the MVP trophy- Drees was about a foot taller than Billy. It was a legit game at the time even though it only lasted 2 years. The Browns & Colts played in the Championship Game.

  11. By TucsonTim on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    So, Leinart thinks he will be successful, well let’s hope he will be exactly as successful as Matt.

    Matt you should have have kept your mouth shut. Maybe you are as dumb as everyone says you are. You won’t see me defending you again on this bolg or any other.

  12. By CARDSFAN1178124 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    LEINART HATERS…BE GONE

  13. By CARDSFAN1178124 on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    GOT TO SUPPORT THE SQUAD, EVERY MEMBER OF IT.

  14. By Joe-B on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I think that Leinart will be good, lets see what he can do with a couple of starts and the entire offseason/preseason knowing that he is the starter before we decide to trade him.

  15. By darrenurban on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    Hang on there. Leinart was asked a lot of questions about Carroll, Lane Kiffin and USC. Obviously Carroll meant a lot to him. I don’t think it’s out of place to have Leinart say that. It doesn’t mean Matt is suddenly rooting for the Seahawks.

    Honestly, if that is your line of thinking, don’t you have to get mad at Fitz? He went to dinner with Packers WR Greg Jennings the night before the game. Isn’t that the same concept — friendly with the “enemy?”

  16. By Eazy E on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Matt-

    I used to be a big leinart supporter but he’s been disappointing and that’s an understatement! I believe when a new coach didnt draft you you have to impress him because denny drafted him. I usually would be against it especially in-division but if we can get picks for him or even a mid-round pick bye bye!!

    cards62-

    Well cards62 thank GOD we have kurt through next year. If they offered #14, which i doubt because leinart hasn’t played well at all this year, i wouldn’t let them say anymore DEAL!!!! Seattle i think would be interested because hasselbeck had a bad year and he’s nearing the end of his career which was a good one and pete carroll and him are boys so yeah its a good rumor, and honestly i thought about that when he became head coach also. I also like the qb class coming out whether its Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow who everybody believe is going to jacksonville where he’s from but i like the other 3 better anyway so i would be satisfied with either of those 3.

  17. By Buddy Hensley on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I say we Let Leinart play when Warner retires. He’s been with the program for a number of years now, and knows our system. I really think he can be a serviceable QB with the chance to be really a good QB for us and take us into the playoffs. I think we finished 7-9 with him as a Rook(?) and we didn’t have near this much talent! I think if Matt prepares taking every snap with the first team week in and week out before every game, we will still be NFC West Champs! I’m pulling for ya Matt.

  18. By RED BIRD 66 on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    DARREN,
    I THINK IF WE GET THE CHANCE TO GET A 1ST RD PICK IT IS NO QUESTION-TRADE HIM. I DON’T THINK ANY TEAM WOULD GIVE UP A 1ST RD PICK FOR #7 AT THIS TIME WITHOUT ADDING IN #81 AND NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THAT HAPPEN, ECSPECIALLY TO A DIVISION RIVAL. MATTS CAP NUMBER IS LOW NEXT YEAR AND GOES UP TP 7 MIL OR SO THE NEXT YEAR. JUST SEEMS THAT HE HAS WENT BACKWARDS OVER HIS TIME HERE. IF KURT STAYS NEXT YEAR I DON’T SEE THE CARDS KEEPING #7 AS THE BACK UP AND THEN PAYING HIM THE 7 MIL THE YEAR AFTER BECAUSE HE WILL STILL BE UNPROVEN. HIS INACCURATE PASSES HAVE BEEN HORRIBLE THIS YEAR AND Q CAN ATTEST TO THAT AS THE PASS HE WENT FOR IN THE GB GAME THAT HE GOT HURT WAS ABOUT 3 FT HIGH. HOPEFULLY KURT #13 WILL BE AROUND FOR SEASON 13.

  19. By Ditship on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Matt is on the Roster and has my support until he’s off the Roster. You never know what’s going to happen. Warner might get popped on the first play this weekend and the rest of the game is in Matt’s hands. If that happens I hope the light flicks on and Matt takes over without a look back.

    If it doesn’t and Warner takes us to the big dance again this year then we’ll see what Warner decides this offseason and then we’ll truly see what Whis thinks of Matt. My thoughts are that Whis had shot us straight so far this year (and the previous 2) in just about everything. It’s likely Matt is going to be our future. Like it or not. I’ll root for him until he’s not wearing Red anymore.

  20. By Kris on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    The seahawks would never give you guys a first round pick for that guy in a million years. you can keep is no talent a$$

  21. By TBru on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    @GKat

    lol nice pick up, hadn’t noticed that before.

  22. By Kasdan Hall on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I say we trade Matt Leinart as soon as possible! He’s been terrible for our team. in 2006 he completed 56% of his passes for 11 TD and 12 INT. in 2007 it was 53% with 2 TD and 4INT in the 5 games he played. 5 games with only 2 TD? Can anyone say terrible? He averages less than 1 TD per game!! We need better production than that. Even this season when we gave him a shot (Tennessee game, Packers game) he was not productive at all. He had a full weeks practice and knew he was playing yet still produced only 1 touchdown in more than a game and a half. And that’s with our starters!

    Let’s trade him to Seattle and let Petey boy deal with him since he loves him so much!

  23. By joe67 on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Man, I just don’t get you guys. Has there ever been a more mishandled QB in the history of the NFL. No. 1, No. 2, in, out, up, down, not to mention missing a good portion of a season with an injury. How can we not go with him for at least a season and see how he does. He certainly wasn’t all that bad as a rookie under a rather pathetic Denny Green team. And once he was able to get his feet under him, he wasn’t too bad in the Titan debacle. I really don’t feel he has had a real chance. I would sure hate to see him go somewhere else, (especially Seattle) and suddenly reach his potential. Would not be a good thing for the us.

  24. By Dave on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    It would be retarded to trade Leinart. Especially to Seattle. Thank GOD we have people like Graves that are not STUPID enough to do something so absolutely
    asinine!

  25. By johnnybluenose on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Leinart really hasn’t had a chance to show what he can do so i think everyone should cut him some slack. And I can’t imagine he’s real happy still holding a clipboard while Cassels and Sanchez get to play every week. Give him some credit for not being a disruptive force.

  26. By FightON on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    Please, trade Matt, he will be great in Seattle! Pete knows how to develop young QBs! Here is praying.

  27. By Don on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Leinart just don’t fit well into the program boys…. Is this his fault or just team chemistry?? Have you ever worked with a crew where you had a lot trouble just getting in sync with? let alone would you have been really happy about being drafted by the cards??? I think Leinart will shine… but prob not with the cards…remember the grocery store man who made to the nfl…. he had his time to shine.. Leinarts time will come he is just waiting for time on the grid iron and a crew he can be productive with!!!!

  28. By Cards#1 Josh on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Matt Leinart is the future of the Cards, Warner is the guy now, but Leinart will be a great QB in the NFL, and besides thinking the Seahawks would give the number 14 pick for him is crazy, you guys aparently no nothing of football or the cards. Matt Leinart will be great, you’ll all see. Josh (Portsmouth, Ohio)

  29. By Cards#1 Josh on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Cards should trade Q for a first round pick, Breaston and Doucet could pick up there play, granted Boldin is a Great receiver but Fitz is a beast and Breaston & Doucet are good compliments, and an extra first round could help solidify the O-line and Defense with two first rounders. Also Big Herm Johnson will be big on the O-line when he really gets the position down. Josh Portsmouth,Ohio

  30. By Cards#1 Josh on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    Matt Leinart can get the Cards back to the Super Bowl he just needs to get in there and take his lumps, I mean come on he has only played what 20 games, I bet anything that once he gets a full season under him you will see his potential and agree with me that he is the future of the Cards Franchise. Josh (Portsmouth Ohio)

  31. By srl on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    I think Warner will retire…

    Cards would be an average team next year with Matt L. as their starter.

    QB options: McNabb, if you don’t have to give up too much. He would be the best fit in our offense.

    Trade Leinart even up for Hassleback?

    Draft, we need a pass-rusher…

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