Ken Whisenhunt Shares Blame For Matt Leinart’s Struggles

August 30, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Everyone remembers Dennis Green's "They are who we thought they were" tirade after the Arizona Cardinals blew a large lead over the Chicago Bears in 2007. But what people seem to forget is the steady, if not spectacular, performance rookie quarterback Matt Leinart gave that night.
Leinart's stats against that season's best defense: 24-42, 232 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions.
In fact, Leinart's rookie season was a success. The former Heisman Trophy winner completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 2,547 yards with 11 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. His quarterback rating of 74 was better than Vince Young's, that season's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Historically, a 74 quarterback rating for a rookie is a very good number and a positive sign for things to come: Peyton Manning had a 71.2 rating as a rookie, his brother Eli had a 55.4, heck, Drew Brees had a 76.9 rating his second season (first as a starter) and 67.5 his third year.
So what happened between...

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