Just four weeks into the season a couple of teams are already looking into making major decisions and changes at the quarterback position. One team, a playoff contender in Arizona is considering taking first round draft pick Matt Leinart and putting him in the starting role over Kurt Warner, who has been downright awful over the first three games. Warner was bad to the tune on Sunday of throwing three picks, two inside the red zone, and fumbling the snap at the Rams 18 with 1:46 to go that basically cost the Cards a chance for a game-winning field goal attempt by automatic Neil Rackers. Warner is not the answer at quarterback for a team in a new stadium, with a chance with the weapons they have to make a run at a wild card spot in the NFC. They beat a bad 49’ers team in week one, but then have looked bad in losses to the Seahawks and Rams. They play in Atlanta Sunday, and I for one would have given Leinart a shot at the starting role. There will be more pressure on him if he was starting at home with all the fans having high expectations. A start on the road would mean not as many distractions, and a better chance to get off to a better start. Remember that a few seasons back Ben Roethlisberger started his first NFL start in Miami, and we see how getting that early bit of confidence has helped the 24-year-old.
With all the talk of Leniart starting, coach Denny Green came out on Tuesday and made it official – Kurt Warner is still the starter. That’s fine, but let’s see what happens if Warner throws an early pick, and maybe the Cards go down early 10-0. There has got to be a very short leash with Green, and with the Cardinals already down to a 1-2 start, and staring 1-3 in the face, he cannot wait forever to give Leinart a chance to take and reigns and take the job away from Warner.
Over in Tennessee, the expectations are not as high for what was already considered a lost season, and now it looks as if we are going to see the next move for the organization when it comes to change. Rumors are out that Vince Young, who led Texas to a national title, will soon be getting a chance to show his magic in his first NFL start. Young has played a little bit already, but never to a point where we have seen really what he can do if given the opportunity. He would take the ball from Kerry Collins, who was considered nothing more than a stop gap anyway. Collins has had his troubles, going just 42 for 90 with 549 yards, one TD and six interceptions to go along with a rating of 42.3 through three games.
The Titans as a whole are a bad team, starting 0-3 and allowing 25 points a game on defense while scoring just 11 themselves. It’s going to take a supreme effort from Young and the defense to start to get things turned around for the young Titans, who are looking at Dallas, Indy and Washington in their next three games. Can you say 0-6? They did show fight in Sunday’s 13-10 loss at Miami, and with the season basically already lost, you might as well take a shot and throw Young in there. If nothing else, it will generate fan interest, which is also on the fence with the Titans as well.