Leinart struggles, but early returns are good

Matt Leinart opened training camp as the starter for the Cardinals. (Matt York / Associated Press)

Replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback is never easy. For every Aaron Rodgers or Steve Young, there is a dubious list of guys that include Cliff Stoudt (Terry Bradshaw), Quincy Carter (Troy Aikman) and Babe Laufenberg (Dan Fouts).

So how will Matt Leinart be remembered?

According to the Arizona Republic, he struggled during a scrimmage on Saturday. But the early returns on Leinart, prior to Saturday, have been pretty favorable.

I had a chance to talk to Russ Grimm in Canton, Ohio this weekend and the Hall of Fame lineman said that Leinart was coming along pretty well and his familiarity with the offense is really going to help him. The Cardinals’ line should be improved this season, and the team will run more, which should lighten his burden. But the restructured offensive line — which struggled on Saturday — should get better as the unit continues to work together.

When projecting Leinart, it is unreasonable to think that he will be like Rodgers or Young, but he has also showed enough in previous stints to suggest that he should have some success. Maybe a more reasonable comparison would be to former Cowboys QB Danny White, who took over a successful team and led them to three NFC Championship Games.

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