Matt Leinart was finally able to play for Arizona Cardinals… because of the way New England offense dominated the Cardinals, Leinart did not get a chance to play till under 2 minutes were remaining in the first half.
He did very well in that situation, making quick decisions and scrambling twice to make the first downs. His first pass in the NFL was a completion for a first down!
Of course, I did not watch the rest of the game (after half time) because I do not have the NFL Network (STUPID COMCAST!) but I read about it later and it seemed like people were saying he disappointed.
Now, I have a couple of contradictory facts to state here and then let everyone decide how he did:
1. He played in a pressure situation with no points on the board and with the threat of getting shut out in the first half
2. He had less than 2 minutes to play in
3. He played against the Pats’ first-team defense before the half
4. He did so-so after the first half, where the Pats had their second-team defense
So, is it better that a QB leads a drive in the 2-minute offense and gets the team 3 points against one of the better defenses in the NFL, or try to score big against a second-team defense?
I think Leinart had a good debut, especially considering that he had only a few days of practice time with the team.
Hope he gets better and better … for now, getting set for Monday Night Football with Reggie and perhaps TO?