It was pretty clear to everyone in the free world that the Arizona Cardinals didn’t want Kurt Warner to retire. It wasn’t just that he played so well for them, it’s that the alternative was Matt Leinart, and he’s not very good at football.
It would seem that the Cardinals don’t think he’s very good either. They’ve already said that Derek Anderson will be the starter in Saturday’s game in Chicago.
“A lot of people look at this like a dress rehearsal game,” head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We’re not looking at it that way.”
“We’re looking at it as a prayer that we can find someone to throw a football before the season starts,” Whisenhunt might have said or at the very least thought.
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Jason La Canfora of NFL Network says that he’s hearing that the Cardinals are pretty much done thinking that Leinart will ever live up to his top-10 draft status. Hell, they’d probably wish he could just live up to a sixth-rounder’s status.
“From what I hear very likely the Cards give up on Leinart now. Been reporting for weeks DA could be the starter, but dealing Leinart now … ” La Canfora tweets.
Look, Derek Anderson is pretty bad. He had one good year in 2007 and that’s it. For them to look to him as a viable starting option means that Leinart is in the terrible category. But, they could have avoided this. The Washington Redskins gave up a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick to get Donovan McNabb. Why were the Cardinals not bidding on Donovan? A 2nd and a fourth is nothing. Now, you have no chance of doing anything other than cleaning up the basement of an awful NFC West.
The Rams are probably thinking they now have a chance to not come in last.