SOS From The Arizona Cardinals

Troy BallardCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 45-14.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Kurt Warner fit nearly perfectly into the Arizona Cardinals offensive set-up, with their double-threat receiving combo Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Now Arizona has Matt Leinart, which seems to be a round peg trying to fit into a square hole.

Sure Leinart did win a National Championship, and a Heisman Trophy in his very impressive college career at USC. But Matt this is not college football. You don't get to play that half-way decent team in the middle of your schedule to help relieve some stress. This is the NFL and your going to have to play like an NFL quarterback on a team that is just about ready to do anything to get into another Superbowl.

Realistically Leinart should not have a single problem in the world on this Arizona offense, this teams set-up is like a quarterbacks dream. Once again the Cardinals still have Fitzgerald and Boldin, really the only receiving position they are struggling in is tight-ends. But Leinart has one huge problem with the Arizona's offense, they have almost no running game. Leinart was used to be able to hand the ball off in college 30-40 times a game to Reggie Bush, and now the roll has reversed.

With Leinart starting as quarterback now he will be able to hand the ball off what, maybe 10 times a game? That's almost being generous for a team that has been close to last in rushing attempts and rushing yards for two years straight now. Sure the future looks bright for Beanie Wells but he no doubt has at least a few years left to mature into a "good" running-back.

Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin create a nightmare scenario for any defense, but the question is, will Lienart be able to get them the ball? Every year Leinart has played football, whether it be at USC or for Arizona, his interceptions have always outnumbered his touchdowns. This is the same with most young quarterbacks, but Leinart is no longer a "young" quarterback. Sure, he has very little actual playtime experience but that should not change the fact that he throws tons of interceptions. 

So this puts Ken Whisehunt in a tough position, does he take the chance with starting Lienart, or does he take a potentially even bigger chance and draft a rookie quarterback. With the overall 26th draft pick Tim Tebow is almost guaranteed to be there. Not saying that Tebow is the right choice for Arizona, but he would definetly help them establish that hurting running game.