Despite fear of starting up a whole new round of quarterback debate that is frankly getting tired when we haven’t even reached April …
One of the things that struck me Monday at the outset of voluntary work was some of the leadership talk when it came to new QB Matt Leinart. First came safety Adrian Wilson, who was asked about Leinart taking over at the position. Wilson, as he tends to be, was blunt in his assessment Leinart would have locker-room support. “We’re not trying to camouflage the whole Kurt (Warner) situation,” Wilson said. “It’s Matt’s team now and we’re all going to be behind him.”
Later, Leinart — who showed in the first group Monday morning — talked about how he liked being in the role of leader when he was at USC, as being a guy who would rally the troops (I am guessing there will be doubters on that, but it’s hard to argue, at least in college with a 37-2 record, he was successful at that). “I want to show I am ready to be the leader, that the guys can count on me,” he said. “And I am going to step into the role where I hold guys accountable as well. They need to know I am going to out here working, and they are too. A lot of eyes are on me and I get that.”
Then, moments later, Leinart had his first chance to exhibit his stance in the role. In a general question about the new faces around the team, Leinart brought up linebacker Joey Porter first and insisted Porter too would be a leader — knowing Porter didn’t exactly have a great weekend before showing up Monday himself.
“Obviously people will talk about some of the stuff off the field, and I don’t know him – I met him for the first time today – but I think he’ll be a great leader in this locker room,” Leinart said. “He’s going t be great for this team because he brings the passion for the game and you can tell.”
Leinart could have gone either way, but regardless of whether you agree with him, there’s no doubt having a teammate’s back publicly will make an impact.
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