As we get closer to the end of preseason, and thank god for that, it comes time for rosters to be trimmed and time for coaches and players to get ready for another long NFL season. Before I continue with that, I do want to express my disappointment in GM Mike Holmgren. I understand Holmgren likes to do things his way and have total control. He’s always been that way during his career. But the way he has treated Hall Of Fame running back Jim Brown is offensive and just disrespectful. Brown has been the face of the Cleveland Browns organization for some time now. Even when he passes on he will be the first person and topic discussed anytime The Cleveland Browns are brought up. Holmgren removed Brown from the advisor position to Owner Randy Lerner and issued an ultimatum which defines his role in plain terms, to show your face, sign autographs, be a mascot for The Cleveland Browns and Holmgren controls it all. Holmgren also had the nerve to want him to be present with him come time for the Ring of Honor ceremony that will be held this year. As Jim Brown said it, “one monkey don’t stop the show” and “I emphatically do not need validation from any man”. I applaud this decision and agree with Mr. Brown completely. As men we have control over what our legacy will be and what type of person we want to be. No one is perfect and never will be, but it you are a stand up person, respectful, do your job to the best of your abilities, and stand firm in your beliefs, especially of self, there is no award, no Hall, or Ring of Honor that will validate a man more that.
Moving forward, I do not understand the out burst made by Matt Leinart. As a former first round pick who was projected to be the future of the Arizona Cardinals organization, he has not been all that was expected of him. He has not proven himself to be a starter in this league. So much, the Cards are still begging Kurt Warner to come out of retirement to play quarterback again. He has shown no quarterback awareness, no ability to be precise in his reads, and definitely does not have the X factor the be a great NFL quarterback.
His argument of not being demoted is, his play speaks for itself. To some degree he has a point. His Qb rating is 110.3, he is 19 of 23 for 161 yards a touchdown and no interceptions. The key stat though, he’s been sacked 4 times. Derek Anderson has attempted 53 passes and only been sacked once. Whether Leinart wants to believe that or not, that makes a huge difference during games with an attempt to sack ratio like that.
He also brought up that it must be something not “football related” that got him demoted. No, it’s pretty much all football related. As he said himself, his play speaks for itself, and it hasn’t been very good. Along with that, it’s preseason, of course in position battles coaches want to see all the players they are considering, especially if it’s to be a starter in that position. But in typical USC fashion, he thinks he is entitled to the job. He might consider the fact he’s been a back up his entire career.
To be honest, he is what I thought he was, a great college quarterback. He has not shown me anything other than that. Until he does that’s all he will be. So stop crying Matt. Don’t pull the “coach doesn’t like me” card as to why you got demoted. Here’s a dose of reality, maybe, just maybe, you suck. Sorry bro.