When Matt Leinart was drafted 10th overall by the Cardinals in the 2005 draft, expectations were high. He was coming off a great year, and had won the Heisman the year before that. He won a championship, and took his team within reach of a second, but lost to Texas and Vince Young (which by the way, was one of, if not, the greatest football games of all time). And although Arizona is a perennial cellar dweller, they had reason to believe: Leinart, throwing to Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and later handing off to Edgerin James. Not bad, right? Wrong.
Leinart, however talented he might be, has spent too much time in the clubs, and less time on the field. And his play has suffered for it. He can barely beat out Kurt Warner for the starting job. Leinart has the talent around him to succeed. But when will he realize his potential? When will he put more time on the field, and less time enjoying being a celebrity QB?
Arizona tends to be everyone’s favorite preseason sleeper. But then, as usual, they fail to meet expectations. They have the talent, especially on offense. All they need is Matt Leinart to be, well, Matt Leinart of USC. Are you listening, Matt?