After only two preseason games, Matt Leinart has lost his starting quarterback job once again. Coach Ken Whisenhunt stated that Derek Anderson will start Saturday night against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
This move could be temporary, but right now Coach Whisenhunt is most likely testing the waters to see if he can shake up his starting offense and get some early points.
Leinart will eventually play the second quarter.
In 2008, Leinart lost his starting job to Kurt Warner during preseason play and since has never been able to solidify the position. His inability to throw consistent and get in the same time with his wide receivers has been a main concern of the coaches. Although Anderson has had the same struggles to a lesser extent, seeing more time on the field has benefited him to be able to start Saturday afternoon.
Is this the last chance Leinart will get before it is time for the organization to move on?
He stated during last weekend’s game that his confidence isn’t bothered, but after a another possible demotion it’s hard to not see how it hasn’t been affected.
Anderson will look to revert to his play that got him on the Pro Bowl in 2008. Having Steve Breaston, Early Doucet, and Larry Fitzgerald to his left and right, as well as Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower behind him could make the transition easy if he is able to steal the starting spot.
The game will start at 5:30 PM MST and can be seen locally on ABC-15.