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The Arizona Cardinals are “set” to name Curt Warner as thier starting quarterback for the 2008 season according to Chris Mortensen of This just may have had something to do with the fact that Matt Leinart was 4-12, for 24 yards and 3 picks, in the first half of the Cardinals 24-0 WIN against the Oakland Raiders, on Saturday night August 23rd. I find the Leinart story so prophetic, relative to the Niners. Leinart, like Alex Smith, was a very high NFL draft pick, going to the Cardinals with the 10th pick in the 2006 draft. Many pundits thought the aforementioned Raiders, with their long time QB woes,  were crazy to pass on Leinart at pick #7 in 2006, instead opting for safety Michael Huff of Texas.

Leniart, like Alex Smith, has been afforded the clear opportunity to show their franchises and opponents that they are NFL starting QB timber. Neither has. Both Leinart and Smith will be holding their respective team clipboards on the sidelines when their teams face each other in the 2008 season opener. Curt Warner and J.T. O’Sullivan will be running the show for the Caridnals and Niners. Who would have ever “thunk” that could happen!

The other thing that makes me chuckle is that Leinart was certainly contemplating coming out early for the 2005 NFL Draft after USC had won back-to-back national championships in 2003 and 2004. The Niners possessed the number one overall pick in 2005, and there were rumors that Leinart who was projected almost unanimously to go number one overall, didn’t want to go to San Francisco, play for a poor team, and get beat up. So, he stayed at USC trying for the national championship three-peat, which was thwarted by Vince Young and Texas. So, with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, with Leinart still hanging out  in L.A. as a college boy, the Niners picked Alex Smith from the University of Utah. How incredible……Leinart and Smith, both on, or well on their way to be on, the total bust list.



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