#tbt: Denny really, really wanted Leinart signed

Posted by Darren Urban on June 4, 2015 – 2:38 pm

First-round draft pick D.J. Humphries signed his contract earlier this week, the last of the seven Cardinals draft picks to do so, and the June 1 date was a couple of days earlier than Deone Bucannon’s scribble on the dotted line in 2014. Clearly, the timetable has shifted with rookie signings, as we went over a few weeks ago. In the spirit of those one-time rookie signing sagas (and today being a Throwback Thursday and all) I recall one interesting moment in 2006 when Matt Leinart was still unsigned as a rookie, the Cardinals were in training camp and Denny Green — still two months from letting the world know the Bears may or may not need to be crowned — wasn’t all that thrilled.

So Green brought a memorable (if less publicized than the one about the Bears) rant, letting everyone know he wanted Leinart signed already. The question that elicited the response? Well of course, it was someone asking about how Karlos Dansby was doing with his nagging toe injury.

That’s why I remember it so much. The question was about Dansby.

Some quick background. The Cardinals were about to head to New England to play the Patriots in a Saturday night preseason game.  On this Monday, someone wanted to see how Dansby was doing. Green, who may or may not have planned ahead of time to say something about Leinart one way or the other (rumors say he did), began his nearly four-minute monologue, which can be heard by clicking here. Measured to be sure (unlike that other answer) but sure in its tone. Green also made it his last comment of the presser — just like that night after the Bears.

A morsel from that day: “I look forward to going to New England. I look forward to Kurt Warner going on the field, looking over and seeing Tom Brady — who was not the 10th pick in the draft, he was in the (sixth) round, so it’s not always about the draft,” Green said. “It’d be a shame if Matt Leinart is still sitting there as the only guy in the National Football League who is not in the National Football League.”

It only mattered for about six hours. By the early evening, Leinart had agreed to terms. As you can see here in my story from the next morning (remember newspapers?) the quarterback’s side insisted Green’s comments had nothing to do with moving things along. Either way, it made for great theater.

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9 Responses to “#tbt: Denny really, really wanted Leinart signed”

  1. By George on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Those were the days.

  2. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Those were the days when we all wondered if the Cards even knew who They were, from the Front office on down, it did not look very good.

    Then 2007, then 2013 and now at the start of the 2015 season I would say the Arizona Cardinals know Exactly who They are!

    To heck with everybody else let them catch us if they can!

    GO CARDS!!!

  3. By clssylssy on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    I’m a little confused as to why again this is relevant today? Probably a big part of our fanbase weren’t even a part of the Cardinal faithful back then and are asking “who?”….”huh?”

  4. By rod on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Great interview with Terry McDonough

  5. By HB3 on Jun 5, 2015 | Reply

    Clssylssy- So because newer fans are ignorant of the past we should ignore it? It’s relevant because of how much easier it is to sign rookies now, something that the Cardinals always seemed to struggle with before the newest collective bargaining agreement. Now training camp holdouts are a thing of the past.

    Also because its the off season, what else is there to write about that hasn’t already been discussed ad nauseam?

  6. By clssylssy on Jun 6, 2015 | Reply

    “Ignorant” seems a little harsh, and, your words not mine. The fact is, the demographics have changed a lot since those days, and many of the young fans today really were pretty young back then and probably weren’t interested in people who were not especially outstanding for much. Leinert was sort of the Johnny Manziel of the time and much like the Browns, the Cards thought they were getting their future franchise QB, only to find they had landed a party boy. If you pay any attention to other teams around the league, camp holdouts still are not “a thing of the past”…the Cards just have a more cohesive and team-fist bunch of guys which has little to do with the CBA and more to do about the leadership of the coaches and veteran players.
    LOL, I do have to agree with you though, this time of year is pretty dry for news that hasn’t been beaten to death ad nauseam! Nonetheless, some memories are worth forgetting 🙂

  7. By Big Ken on Jun 6, 2015 | Reply

    I think way back then we were all pretty excited the team drafted Matt Leinart. And when coach Green brought in Kurt Warner I thought Green is signing him because they both bass fished, which was reported at the time. Funny how things worked out.

  8. By Scott H on Jun 6, 2015 | Reply

    HB3 –

    Good point about it being a time of the season where there just is not a whole lot to talk about. That is the very reason for the existence of things like this TOTALLY over-done Top 100 Players List that the NFL Network seems to think has now become something the world cannot function without. But, really – what else are they gonna fill up their air time with???

    When it first came along, I thought the NFL network was gonna be the greatest thing ever. I mean, how could it NOT be??? But I hardly watch it at all anymore because I find the vast majority of their programming un-watchable. They could do a lot more with airing of football follies ( which are always great! ) and replaying of truly classic games from the past, and so much more from and about NFL Films…stuff like that. THAT, I would watch. But NFL AM? It makes my stomach turn. It’s almost like watching The View, for cryin’ out loud. And I would NEVER have thought the NFL Network would turn out like that.

  9. By Richard L on Jun 8, 2015 | Reply

    Leinert wasn’t who Dennis Green thought he was.

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