While coach Ken Whisenhunt made it clear today that it was Matt Leinart’s quarterback job to lose — “Matt has earned the right to be ‘The Guy,’ ” he said — he wasn’t interested in talking about what it would take for Leinart to lose that job to newcomer Derek Anderson. Not here in March.
“There are a lot of factors that go into the quarterback position,” Whisenhunt said, sounding a bit exasperated at the question. “Right now, with us being four-and-a-half months from training camp, that’d be premature to talk about. Like I said, I think we have seen a tremendous amount of growth from Matt … but I am also excited about Derek. There will be competition. That’s not anything different than any of the other positions.”
Whisenhunt said the Cards will look at both free agency and the draft to find other quarterbacks, since the Cards still only have two. He specifically mentioned free agents “that have played for us before,” a nod to Brian St. Pierre’s possible return.
And as a p.s., while no one brought up Joey Porter directly, Whisenhunt was asked about finding linebackers in free agency. Whisenhunt said the Cards continue to talk to available players/agents and talked about the young linebackers the Cards have. He indirectly referred to Porter — who is visiting Washington — with this comment: “I don’t think (a veteran LB) is something we have to have.”
“Obviously if we have an opportunity to upgrade our team by bringing in a player that could make a big difference, we are going to attempt to do that,” Whisenhunt added.
Tags: Derek Anderson, free agency, Joey Porter, Ken Whisenhunt, Matt Leinart
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