Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger... - Fantasy Football Cafe 2014 Fantasy Football Cafe


Return to Football Talk

Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Moderator: Football Moderators

Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Postby stomperrob » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:43 pm

...and hitting the playbook hard:

June 6, 2007

Cardinals notebook: Leinart plans to ‘work butt off’

Darren Urban, Tribune

Baseball was still on Matt Leinart’s mind Wednesday even after the Cardinals finished their organized team workout for the day, noting that one of his batting practice homers with the Diamondbacks the night before had been featured on ESPN’s plays of the day.

“SportsCenter top 10, baby,” Leinart said with a grin, brushing off the two blisters the temporary sports switch had created on his throwing hand.

Football, though, remains the most important sport in Leinart’s life, and he continues to insist his growth as a quarterback will continue even as the Cards’ offseason work comes to a close today.

“As an offense we are still learning,” Leinart said. “You don’t want to make excuses, but the defense has played well and has been ahead of us some days. They are giving us great looks. There is a lot more tempo and intensity than before.

“I have to hit the playbook hard the next two months. As the season comes closer, I have to know what I am doing, and that’s on me. I have to take advantage of the next seven weeks I have off.”

Leinart’s throwing during offseason workouts has gotten better as the weeks have passed. Coming off a left (throwing) shoulder injury late in the 2006 season, Leinart looked like he needed time to find a rhythm again.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he has seen Leinart’s confidence in his shoulder increase and that it has been easy to see the difference. Leinart said that more than anything, he needed to develop a trust in where his receivers would be in the new offense. As that has improved, so has Leinart’s accuracy.

One fact Leinart will not dispute is that he feels stronger and faster going through an entire offseason conditioning program under strength coach John Lott. Leinart is up to 235 pounds (from 230) and believes he is physically better equipped for the season.

And if Leinart is “bigger and stronger physically,” Whisenhunt said, “then you are more confident to stand in (the pocket) and make some of those throws.”

Leinart said he will spend the bulk of the time until training camp in California near his son, Cole, being a father and working out there.

“I want to take these next two months,” Leinart said, “and work my butt off.”
Image
Fantasy Football: "Luck is where preparation meets opportunity"
stomperrob
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicFantasy ExpertCafe WriterCafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle EyePick 3 ChampionMatchup Meltdown SurvivorLucky Ladders Weekly Winner
Posts: 13579
(Past Year: 138)
Joined: 19 Mar 2004
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Steeler Nation!!!

Re: Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Postby Verdun Barbarians » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:23 pm

He seems dedicated to improve himself and I can't see anything wrong with that! I foresee great progress from hin (and the Cards' offense in general) in the coming season.

p.s. I swear I'm in no way saying this because I'm a Leinart owner in my latest dynasty draft :-b
Image
Verdun Barbarians
Head Coach
Head Coach

User avatar
Cafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle EyeCafe Blackjack Weekly Winner
Posts: 1848
(Past Year: 16)
Joined: 11 Apr 2006
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Montreal, QC

Re: Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Postby mrblitz » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:27 pm

I actually also believe he is going to probably throw 22 tds. But also have around 19 InT's.
Image


Call em as I see em!
mrblitz
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle Eye
Posts: 12770
Joined: 16 Jul 2006
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Having a coffee at the fantasy cafe.

Re: Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Postby WickedSmaat » Wed Jun 13, 2007 3:31 pm

I'm sure he's still got a lot of work ahead of him, but it's hard to look past him with the offense they have. Let's just hope they don't underperform like last year.
-Wicked
WickedSmaat
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe RankerMock(ing) DrafterEagle EyeWeb SupporterPick 3 Weekly WinnerMatchup Meltdown SurvivorCafe Blackjack Weekly Winner
Posts: 8165
Joined: 1 Oct 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Singing songs of satisfaction toooooo the wooooooorld..... (the world).

Re: Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Postby Azrael » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:51 pm

He'll be a solid backup but he's a year away I think from a Palmer type break out year.
Image
Azrael
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Fantasy ExpertCafe WriterMock(ing) Drafter
Posts: 8283
(Past Year: 7)
Joined: 29 Jun 2003
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Keeping da cafe sucka free for 9 years straight

Re: Matt Leinart - bigger & stronger...

Postby eman » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:42 am

If nothing else you gotta commend the guy for character...hes working hard, doing what his team asks of him, and still putting aside time to be with his son. I for one hope he has a successful year, because really it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
eman
Head Coach
Head Coach

User avatar

Posts: 1392
Joined: 24 Oct 2006
Home Cafe: Football
Location: SoCal


Return to Football Talk

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests

Forums Articles & Tips Start & Sit Sleepers Rankings Leagues


Get Ready...
The 2014 NFL season kicks off in 18:03 hours
(and 37 days)
2014 NFL Schedule


  • Fantasy Football
  • Article Submissions
  • Privacy Statement
  • Site Survey 
  • Contact