On a positive note, the report coming out of mini-camp is that Leinart has finally taken his preparation to the next level. With his newfound commitment, Leinart could be on the verge of a breakout season. The potential for excellence is evident in Leinart, yet it does not always shine through.
Leinart will have every opportunity to take over as the starter this season and with an array of targets to choose from his maturation into a solid NFL starter will certainly be made easier. If he falters don't expect the Cardinals to throw away an entire season developing an uncertain talent.
Nobody knows being in the right place at the right time like Kurt Warner. Thanks to a dubious tackle of Trent Green by Rodney Harrison, Warner was thrust into the starring role of the "Greatest Show on Turf". A true Cinderella story, he led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl victory in 1999. However, like seeing your favorite band in concert twenty years after their last hit single, the songs might all sound the same, but its not quite as good as you remember it. While its only been ten years since Warner's heyday, that is a lifetime for a quarterback.
The one attribute that he does not lack is drive. Warner still believes he is competent enough to handle the QB duties of an elite NFL franchise. Last season Warner proved that he was still capable of torching opponents when protected. After throwing for 27 touchdowns in 2007, it is obvious he still has the gusto to compete at a high level.
In spite of Whisenhunt making it abundantly clear that Leinart is the starter, Warner is not showing any signs of relinquishing his duties without further consideration from the coaching staff. As the epitome of a professional, Warner will give the Cardinals all that he has even if Leinart takes a firm grasp on the starter role. As a seasoned veteran he will have plenty of useful tips to pass down to Leinart.
Warner has come a long way since his days as a grocery store clerk with an NFL dream. He has overcome obstacles on countless occasions and become an icon for the underdog. Unfortunately for him, youth may be the one hurdle he is unable to clear. Leinart is viewed as the long-term solution and with the amount of money invested; the Cardinals' brass would love to see a positive return. This could be the season that Leinart proves his value and takes the Cardinals to the playoffs. While "Father Time" has all the experience, Leinart has put a substantial amount of effort this off-season and it may be time to start believing "The Hype".