Ranter X: Matt Leinart Believes He Deserved a Chance at Starting Job For Oakland Raiders
It’s been nothing but a disappointing season for the Oakland Raiders as they enter Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers with just four wins on the year. What’s even more frustrating to deal with, the Raiders lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer last weekend after he suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung against the Carolina Panthers–which means there will be a new quarterback under center on Sunday.
Despite the team’s decision to go with Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback for Sunday, Matt Leinart believed earlier in the week he deserved a chance in the regular-season finale. While there’s still a chance Leinart could see some action against the Chargers, he’s received plenty of opportunities throughout his career to prove himself as a starter–so why would he thinks he deserves a chance on Sunday?
As if appearing in just 33 games isn’t disappointing enough, Leinart has thrown just 15 touchdowns in his seven-year career to go along with 21 interceptions–which is absolutely pathetic for a former first-round pick. If Leinart can’t even beat out an inexperienced quarterback like Pryor for the starting job, he doesn’t deserve to be playing in the NFL at all.
Oakland has nothing to play for on Sunday and it’s clear they want to see what Pryor brings to the table in case they need to use him for the 2013 season. If that isn’t any indication of what Leinart is capable of when it comes to being a quarterback in the NFL–then it’s difficult to imagine what is.