Leinart's confidence continues to rise as he rebounds from a dismal 2007 season. The main areas of concern for Leinart have been his accuracy and awareness. He's completing only 56 percent of his passes over the course of his career and has a QB rating of 71.2. Despite his struggles, Leinart possesses ideal intangibles and size, qualities that must become apparent on the field this season.
Meanwhile, veteran QB Kurt Warner has been a model of consistency. He is a tremendous presence in the huddle and has resurrected his playing career since arriving in the desert. Warner has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Cardinals and finish his career in Arizona. GM Rod Graves seems committed to the idea of locking up Warner, further proving that the organization is still not sold on Leinart.
QB Kurt Warner
If Leinart is unable to secure the starting quarterback position and the trust of the Cardinals organization, the job will likely be turned over to Warner for this year and beyond. Warner's performance last season showed that he's more than capable of leading the offense effectively. While Warner may have two or three more years of solid play, the Cardinals will go back to the drawing board in search of a long-term replacement.
With what looks to be a relatively weak crop of quarterbacks set to enter the NFL from the college ranks over the next two seasons, the Cardinals are hoping that Leinart will finally realize his potential this season. After being selecting with the 13th overall pick in the 2006 draft, the organization was counting on Leinart's development to be further along at this point in time.
Regardless of who wins the starting job this season, the Cardinals offense has the potential to be one of the most potent units in the NFL. Far more important to the Cardinals faithful will be whether or not the team currently has the franchise quarterback they've been seeking or if the search will continue for years to come.
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