QB Matt Leinart says ex-coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't the reason for the Cardinals' success

1/16/14 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart (7) sits on the bench next to Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (left) background) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsFree agent quarterback Matt Leinart, who previously played with the Arizona Cardinals had been under the coaching of Ken Whisenhunt when he was part of the team. Recently the Tennessee Titans have chosen to hire him as their new head coach and as he had played under him, Leinart has personal experience about the coaching ability of Whisenhunt.
 
When Leinart was approached to share his views on the coaching capability of Whisenhunt, he was blunt in his opinion and clearly said that whatever success that the Arizona Cardinals achieved under his coaching was not his success but that of the team and he had little to do with it.
 
Leinart said that the Titans had made a mistake with his hiring and gave the reason from his experience when he was with the Cardinals, saying at that time quarterback Kurt Warner ran the game and he knew he was the one who made the plays and made them happen on the field.
 
"I don't think it's a great fit, and I don't think its great timing, and here's why," Leinart said. "You look at his tenure in Arizona -- only two years, he had success, and in those two years, [quarterback] Kurt Warner ran that football team -- I was a part of it.”
 
Leinart said that Warner would be the one who would come up with new plays and would introduce them in the team. Then he would proceed to make them team learn the offense he had planned and the schemes he had were brilliant, which showed solid results. Leinart said that it was Warner who would implement the plays properly into the schemes and make them a success.
 
"Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20-to-30 new plays which he would say, ‘I want these in my game plan’,” said Leinart. “We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner's offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8.”
 
Leinart was also blunt in his answer when asked whether it was Warner or Whisenhunt who should be awarded the credit for all the success the team achieved. They once went to the Super Bowl when Whisenhunt was their coach but Leinart clearly praised Kurt for the performance and leadership he gave, saying it was him who deserved the credit.
 
"Kurt Warner was fantastic," Leinart said.
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