Many people would say that Matt Leinart doesn’t have any right to call someone out on their failures in football. After all, Leinart has done nothing but fail since he entered the NFL back in 2006. But during his time in the league, he has been to a Super Bowl. Sure, he didn’t play in the game, but he has been to one. That was with the team that drafted him, the Arizona Cardinals.
So when former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was hired by the Tennessee Titans this week, Leinart became a good guy to discuss the situation with. When asked during an interview if he thought Whisenhunt was a good fit in Tennessee, this is what the former QB had to say:
“I don’t think it’s a great fit, and I don’t think it’s great timing, and here’s why. You look at his tenure in Arizona – only two years, he had success, and in those two years, Kurt Warner ran that football team. I was a part of it… Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20 to 30 new plays, which he would say, ‘I want these in my game plan.’ We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner’s offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8.”
Translation – Zing!
That’s what many people would label as a slam. Leinart threw his former coach under the bus with is words and gave all the credit for the Cardinals success to Kurt Warner. Was he just saying what many people have thought over the years? Yes. But was he also extra harsh on Whisenhunt (the guy who benched him)? You can be the judge of that. However, I don’t think there’s much debate that the Cardinals wouldn’t have ever made it to the Super Bowl with Leinart running the show instead of Warner.
Can Whisenhunt improve the QB situation in Tennessee? That’s arguably the biggest challenge he’ll face in 2014 and beyond.