In news broken by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer and now being picked up by ESPN, the Cardinals have looked into trading quarterback Matt Leinart. Not surprising, given the events of the past week or so. Not surprising that Glazer knows about it, since he hooked up with Leinart for MMA training and teams can ask him his opinion of Leinart’s work ethic. And Glazer can certainly talk to Leinart, and the reporter said on the “Dan Patrick Show” this morning Leinart wants to be able to start.
That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in Arizona, where Derek Anderson has apparently all but locked up the job. Moving a veteran — either Anderson or Leinart — was always a possibility too once the Cards decided they liked both their rookie quarterbacks (John Skelton and Max Hall) and had some trepidation about exposing either to waivers to try and get them on the practice squad. If Leinart was indeed moved, Hall and Skelton would probably stay, although it would mean making a rookie the backup.
Former Bucs coach and current ESPN announcer Jon Gruden was on a conference call this morning and assessed Leinart thusly: “He hasn’t taken advantage of his opportunities. He’s clearly been average. He hasn’t been a guy who’s really taken control and choked the opportunity that’s been given to him, and obviously there’s something missing there.”
One other thing I thought was interesting from Glazer’s interview on Patrick’s show. Glazer said if he were Leinart, he’d want to go someplace like New Orleans, where obviously he wouldn’t start but could learn for a year behind Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton. When Patrick pointed out Leinart had already done that with Kurt Warner, Glazer interjected, “The relationship wasn’t there.”
— P.S. This is apropos of nothing, but as long as I have you, the Cards finally have a new online team shop. Go to http://www.AZONEteamstore.com to find all Cards’ merchandise in one easy place (Did that sound too much like a commercial?)
Tags: Derek Anderson, John Skelton, Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Max Hall, Saints
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