It’s been a topic for a long time, but now that Matt Leinart is back at starting quarterback of the Cardinals, the idea that he is polarizing to the fan base — for the most part, regardless of what happens, half are for him and half are against — has blossomed again. Coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked about it today.
“I think you expect that,” Whisenhunt said. “Ultimately he will be judged on how he plays. The fan base, if Matt does what he is capable of doing, will be happy. It’ll come down to how he performs. Matt is aware of that and is a lot more comfortable with that now than maybe he was four years ago, because of the way he has grown.
“I understand. Anytime you lose a player like Kurt Warner who has done what he has done the last two-and-a-half years and meant what he meant to this team and this organization, you’re naturally going to have those feelings toward anyone who steps in there, because he’s not Kurt. Matt has to be the quarterback he can be and that will take care of itself.
Whisenhunt said the fans have been “fantastic” about supporting the team, and as long as the Cardinals continue on the right path, “I am comfortable with that (support) coming back around.”
Whisenhunt said it’s the nature of the quarterback position that leads to polarizing fans, pointing out how it has happened with Brett Favre, for example.
Leinart has also gotten a little more passionate, Whisenhunt said, although it can’t be forced. Whiz said he intentionally waved off the 42-yard TD completion from Leinart to Stephen Williams during Tuesday’s practice just to see how Leinart would handle adversity. “I liked what I saw,” Whisenhunt said.
— The Cardinals will go through some competitive drives during tonight’s practice, Whisenhunt said. He wants to see fewer mistakes and guys on both sides of the ball “making plays.”
— Today, as has been the worst-kept secret ever, was movie day. Players had the choice to see The Expendables, Scott Pilgrim versus the The World, Inception and The Other Guys. Whisenhunt watched The Expendables. He said it was good, noting “you know what you are getting into when you go into that type of movie and it lived up to expectations.”
“I think if you ask the team, this is our fourth training camp, you would get 100 percent affirmation we need to do this. I think the first year they didn’t quite know what to think. Now, from the first day of camp, they start talking about when is movie day.”
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