Exclusive Q&A with Chris Steuber

Although the Cardinals first game of the year is in the books, there are still many questions left to be answered. Scout.com's Chris Steuber spent some time with AZRedReport.com answering questions regarding Chris Harrington, Lyle Sendlein, and the ongoing quarterback controversy. Find out this and more in this exclusive Q&A.

Q: Lance Long was one of the surprises at the Cardinals training camp. He also made the practice squad in a deep pool of receivers. What was he like in college and what do you think made him so appealing to Arizona?

Lance Long reminds me a lot of another Cardinals player, wide receiver Sean Morey. I think the Cardinals like Long's work ethic and his ability to contribute on special teams. He was a situational player at Mississippi State and didn't have a lot of opportunities to showcase his ability. But he's really made the most of his opportunities with the Cardinals and was rewarded with a practice squad spot.

Q: A lot of Cardinals fans were surprised when Chris Harrington got the cut and didn't earn a practice squad spot. What factors would you attribute to the Cardinals cutting ties with Harrington?

The Cardinals kept seven defensive ends on their roster, and I just think Chris Harrington was the odd man out. The decision probably came down to Harrington or fellow rookie Kenny Iwebema. Iwebema was more impressive during the preseason and has a much higher upside than Harrington. It was a surprise to see that the Cardinals didn't keep Harrington on their practice squad, but as an undersized defensive end, durability issues while he was at Texas A&M may have been a factor.

Q: By now people are likely a bit tired of the Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner saga, but with the official decision made. What's the best route for Leinart to take as a backup this season? What does he need to work on to regain a starting role?

I think Leinart just has to play consistently. He's a very talented quarterback when his head is in the game. I think Leinart has a lot of distractions surrounding him. He's a guy who likes the life of an NFL quarterback, but he hasn't played as well as he's partied. He has to mature on and off the field and buy into what it takes to be a professional. I think the Cardinals made the right move in naming Kurt Warner as the starter, because at this point, Leinart appears to be lost. Once Leinart shows he can command the huddle and take control of the offense, that's when the Cardinals will turn the team over to him.

Q: With Center Al Johnson's recent knee surgery, Lyle Sendlein has taken over. Would Sendlein be a starter on most teams? If not, what are your thoughts on Sendlein?

I don't think Sendlein would be a starter on most teams, but probably on some. I think he's a quality backup and the Cardinals are fortunate to have a player who can step right in at the center position when the starter is out with an injury. Sendlein was a durable, versatile lineman at Texas. He initially played guard before moving to center his last two years at Texas. He's a very hard worker and has made himself into a quality professional player.

Q: In your opinion, which Arizona rookie has the most to offer the 2008 Cardinals?

Even though it appears Steve Breaston beat out Early Doucet for the third receiver spot, I have to say that Doucet has the most to offer the Cardinals this season. I think Doucet is an excellent route runner who has great hands. He's not a burner and won't be a playmaker in the open field, but he's a polished receiver that will move the chains.


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