Leinart, Warner offer up opposing takes on Whisenhunt firing

Published Nov. 3, 2015 12:15 p.m. EST

Time flies quickly -- if you don't believe that, consider that it's been nine years since the Cardinals drafted Matt Leinart to be their quarterback of the future, face of the franchise and all-around Valley heartthrob.

None of that worked out, of course. Instead, reclamation project Kurt Warner, who was supposed to be Leinart's mentor, became the Cardinals quarterback of the now -- leading the team to its one and only Super Bowl appearance.

Once Warner retired, Leinart was supposed to finally get his moment, but coach Ken Whisenhunt had so little belief in him that he actually preferred to roll the dice with the likes of Derek Anderson and John Skelton.

Leinart drifted away and settled into the role of stop-gap fill-in -- landing briefly with the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills before calling it a career and gravitating to the broadcast booth with FOX Sports.


Whisenhunt also fell from favor once he no longer had Warner behind center, was fired after a dismal 2012 season, but resurfaced last year as a head coach with the Tennessee Titans -- until Tuesday, when he was fired seven games into his second season with a dismal 3-20 record.

We'll pause here to allow some social media gloating from Leinart -- who apparently hasn't quite forgiven his former coach.

And just for contrast, we'll offer this up from Warner's Twitter account.