Perhaps no one in the NFL is riding with more pressure this offseason than Matt Leinart. A former first round pick, Leinart hasn't exactly lived up to expectations. Part of that is his own doing and part of that was the presence of Kurt Warner, who retired this offseason.
Leinart enters the 2010 season as the starter but Derek Anderson -- signed this offseason -- is nipping at his heels.
According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site, head coach Ken Whisenhunt says Leinart is coming into his own.
“It’s obvious to me he’s more comfortable with the whole process, not just throwing a pass or knowing where guys line up. He understands the concepts of the plays and he has the ability to get us in and out of certain plays, all those things you see more assuredness from him. I am excited with what he has done in the OTAs so far.”
There were some concerns early in the offseason that Anderson could supplant Leinart as the starter or that another veteran could be signed.
Leinart enters the 2010 season as the second to last remaining on his current contract. Even as a mediocre starter, Leinart can command some serious money. To do that, though, he'll have to remain the starter -- something he hasn't been able to do since an 11 game stint in 2007.
Keep up with SB Nation's Revenge of the Birds to track Leinart's progress this offseason.