Matt Leinart's Career Needs Reviving! But How?

Shane PattonCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Professional quarterback Matt Leinart of the Arizona Cardinals demonstrates CPR at the 7th Annual American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet press conference at the Pacific Design Center on March 10, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Matt Leinart might have just played his last game in Arizona. Leinart continued to throw short passes and couldn't seem to stretch the field in the Cardinals victory over the Redskins. Leinart still looks uncomfortable in the pocket and most likely is done wearing the Cardinal uniform.

At 6'5" and 235 lbs Matt Leinart was supposed to be the can't miss pro athlete. His credintials heading into the NFL were incredible.

Leinart was voted the NCAA Quarterback of the Year, twice! He won the Heisman trophy and the Manning Award in it's first year being given out.

He mastered the pro-style offense while in high school then ran the same offense in college. He wasn't one of those "spread" quarterbacks that the NFL scouts are so skeptical of.

Leinart was as close to a sure thing as you get with the NFL draft and now after this coming Saturday September 4th, he may be out of a job like so many other Americans these days.

How did Leinart fall so far? What happened? Could he not learn from Kurt Warner? Nobody blamed him for not starting in front of Warner. The ring-master of the "Greatest Show on Turf" simply played lights out for Arizona and Leinart could only sit back watch and learn.

But did he learn anything? It doesn't appear so. Fast forward to this year. In comes what many would call an NFL Journeyman Derek Anderson and again Leinart is on the outside looking in. This time is different though. Anderson is no Kurt Warner. He may be able to run the Cardinals offense, but this is definitely a demotion for Leinart.

Because Leinart began airing his dirty laundry in public, his relationship with Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt looks to be broken beyond repair; which leads all of us writer's and prognosticators to imagine what's next for Matt Leinart.

Minnesota is where I believe Leinart should go to revive his lackluster career. If a trade could somehow be worked out sending Leinart to the Vikings for Tarvaris Jackson, I think it would be a good opportunity for Leinart and Jackson.

Like Leinart, Tarvaris Jackson has had a chance to be the "Man" in Minnesota. Brett Favre won't play forever (well, I'm assuming anyway). Leinart would be on a good team that likes to run the ball. Leinart could rely on Peterson and the Vikings defense to help him get his confidence back.

I'm not predicting a pro bowl or anything for Leinart, but I do feel he would have the best chance for success being a Viking.