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Leinart could reunite with Carroll in Seattle

Posted on: June 19, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 5:35 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Nothing like a lockout to artificially inflate Matt Leinart's value. The former Cardinals first-round pick in the 2006 draft, Leinart has been underwhelming by any measure. After five starts as a rookie, he toiled mostly as a backup. Leinart was also occasionally characterized as disgruntled, and that eventually led to Arizona releasing him before the 2010 season.

"In fairness to Matt, I think that it would be a tough position for him to be in a backup role," coach Ken Whisenhunt said at the time. "Maybe a fresh start for him is what would be a good thing, for all of us."

Leinart signed with Houston, where he took exactly zero snaps.

Now, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, "the Texans would love to have him back" but admits "Leinart wants to play for a team that'll give him a chance to start. I see him being reunited with Pete Carroll."

Which is the latest evidence that Matt Hasselbeck, who spent the previous 10 seasons in Seattle, will be hawking his wares elsewhere in 2011.

Dan Pompei, writing for NationalFootballPost.com, echoes McClain's thinking that, ultimately, Leinart could end up with Carroll. But just like Whisenhunt in Arizona and Gary Kubiak in Houston, Pompei doesn't think Leinart will be the starter in Seattle, either.
Chances are looking good that the Seahawks may have two new quarterbacks by the time camp opens. They tried to re-sign Matt Hasselbeck before the lockout started and couldn’t come to terms. Now they may move on if they can find a better alternative (hello, Kevin Kolb) as a starter. Getting hurt in each of the last three years has left Hasselbeck vulnerable in Seattle. And it would almost be an upset if the Seahawks didn’t sign Matt Leinart to come in as a backup. The Seahawks might not be crazy about what they have seen of Leinart on tape, but coach Pete Carroll has won a lot of games with him, and he thinks he can win some more.
With the Cardinals, the knock against Leinart wasn't his ability (although his inconsistent efforts in practice didn't help); it was that he wasn't considered a leader.

ESPN.com's NFC West blogger Mike Sando wrote last September that "Leinart could have made this work if he had played by Whisenhunt's rules. He wasn't willing (or possibly able) to do that under difficult circumstances. He complained and pouted and made it impossible for Whisenhunt to name Leinart the leader of a locker room filled with players more closely aligned with the Whisenhunt mindset."

As Whisenhunt said last fall, maybe a fresh start will be good for Leinart, even if he's destined to be a backup. A bit of advice, Matt: try to avoid burning bridges like your former college teammate, LenDale White.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:59 am
 

Leinart could reunite with Carroll in Seattle

To the guys mentioning Vince Young in the same sentence as Matt Leinart, I see where you're coming from but I don't see any similarity between the two.  Leinart (in my opinion) is an under-achiever who was never given a fair chance and who played for a coach who hated him from day one (Wisenhunt).  Wisenhunt didn't draft Leinart and he found him to be dead weight who was eating up salary cap space.  Leinart won the Heisman Trophy and proved in college that he can throw the ball and do it well.  Maybe he isn't a good NFL QB but he hasn't been given a fair opportunity in an offense tailored to his strengths.  All I can think of is when Leinart came in to a game when Warner was briefly injured.  The first play from scrimmage was a double go-route with no check-down.  Leinart hasn't thrown an NFL pass since game 4 of the preseason and he's pressured and while trying to throw the ball away he didn't get enough strength behind the throw and threw an interception.  That throw sealed Leinart's fate in Arizona - one play is all it took for Wisenhunt to decide that Leinart was no good.  The play call alone was a set-up - basically setting up Leinart for failure.  Wisenhunt put Leinarts foot in the pressure cooker and he did what you would expect a rusty QB to do - he threw an interception and it turned out to be an interception that cost the Cardinals the game.  The play call also shifted the fan's perception of Leinart from the heir apparent to Warner upon his retirement to a QB who needed to be let go.  All the fans thought of was how he was a wasted first round draft pick and Wisenhunt got what he wanted - he got rid of a guy he didn't like from day one and he set him up to fail. 

Conversely, Vince Young is a complete moron.  A gifted athlete, VY set the record for the lowest score ever on the Wonderlick test given to players entering the draft.  While Leinart did not score "super high" he also did not set the record for the lowest score and scored in the middle of the pack in terms of IQ.  VY is emotionally unstable, questionably motivated, hard to control and constantly needs a babysitter to control his actions off of the field.  I am convinced that VY's actions last season were the reason for the deterioration of the relationship between Jeff Fisher and Bud Adams - the tirades, the late night worries of his emotional well-being and the owner's desire to keep him as the starting QB destroyed the relationship between the NFL's longest tenured coach and one of the longest owners of any sports franchise.  Can you imagine being in Jeff Fisher's shoes?  You're trying to prepare for your next opponent and the team owner has you out searching for your psychotic starting QB.  I'd be pissed off if I was Fisher and I'm sure he was pissed. 

To compare Leinart and Young is like comparing apples to oranges.  If the Seahawks sign Leinart they get a guy who is looking for a second chance who will play hard and will try his best to become the starter on the team.  If the Seahawks sign Young they will get a guy who is poorly motivated, supremely talented athletically, emotionally unstable and completely immature.  If Young gets the starting job you not only have to fear his decision making on the field but you have to worry about him no matter what he does on or off of the field because the guy is such a loose cannon.  Also, unlike Lienart, Young is likely to desire at least a two year deal that likely require some sort of signing bonus effectively making signing Young a risk because if you cut him at the end of training camp you still owe him the up-front money and it counts against the salary cap. 



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:36 am
 

Leinart could reunite with Carroll in Seattle

Yes - I know what you are saying but Wisenhunt and Leinart had such a bad relationship that I know it had to of affected his attitude and furthermore, while he was backing up Warner in Arizona and then backing up Shaub in Houston he was developing a lot of rust.  Leinart has never really started a game in the NFL and when he did it wasn't with an offense tailored to his strengths it was with an offense designed for Kurt Warner ONLY.  I just think that the guy deserves a fair shake and a fresh start and the opportunity to be a starter with little pressure that he'll be replaced immediately with someone off of the bench because he makes a mistake.  All NFL QB's make mistakes and being the starting QB is pressure enough - add the fear of immediately losing your job because you make a mistake and you're putting together a receipe for failure - which is exactly what happened in Arizona. 
Seattle is in the rebuilding position right now and being in that position means that I do not think that they will have Hassleback back this year because he is old and fragile from taking so many hits behind a poor offensive line.  In order to fix the problems from the prior regime it will require nearly an entire roster makeover and an influx of young talent.  I think that signing someone who is young and healthy like Leinart is a low risk venture with the potential for a high reward.  I mean really, if he fails where is the risk unless you stupidly sign him to a front-loaded contract with a ton of up-front money - we all know that's not going to happen; even Leinart and his agent know that.   
Bring in a bunch of QB's (if they don't sign Kolb) and have them compete for the job in training camp (if we have one or if there is time) - sign all of these journeymen to low dollar contracts so that there is little risk financially.  I
f Leinart is as bad as some people think he won't make it through training camp and because of the NFL's non-guaranteed contracts the Seahawks will owe him for his small amount of time on the team during training camp or if he performs well but not well enough to start then the Seahawks just found their low rent backup QB for the season.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:11 am
 

Leinart could reunite with Carroll in Seattle

Maybe they can trade for Reggie Bush too and Lendail White



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Leinart could reunite with Carroll in Seattle

Someone needs to sign both Leinart and VY.  Maybe have each one play a half hah


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Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Leinart could reunite with Carroll in Seattle

There aren't cheaper guys to hold clipboards?


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