Many people in the NFL world are very impressed with the hire of Ken Whisenhunt as the head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and expect him to turn things around in Nashville.
Matt Leinart is not one of those people.
Whisenhunt, who was the Arizona Cardinals head coach from 2007 to 2012, spent three years with Matt Leinart on his roster before cutting him after the 2010 preseason. Leinart decided to give his views on the hiring of his former head coach on an appearance on Fox Sports Live.
“I don’t think it’s a great fit, and I don’t think it’s great timing, and here’s why,” Leinart said. “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.”
Sounds like Matt is holding a bit of a grudge against coach Whiz. While Leinart may have a point about Kurt Warner, it also seems like he is still bitter about being cut in favor of Derek Anderson.
Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, never panned out as the starter in Arizona after a career filled with injuries, inconsistency, and off-the-field distractions, and ended up having his starting job taken by Kurt Warner before the 2008 season. It wouldn’t be surprising to think that he still feels some resentment towards Whisenhunt and the Cardinals organization.
Ken Whisenhunt, who led the Cardinals to two straight NFC West division titles and the team’s only Super Bowl appearance in 2009, spent the 2013 season as the Chargers offensive coordinator. The Titans are hoping that Leinart’s claims really are based off of a grudge, and that he will be the man to turn their franchise around.
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