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Why your team won’t win the Super Bowl: Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals have not reached the playoffs since 1998 and if their quarterback situation is any indication, they probably don’t want to make the playoffs this season, either.
Not sure if anybody in the Cardinals organization caught the highlights from 2007, but the Kurt Warner Machine was a much better quarterback than Matt Leinart. Much better.
That’s not a knock on Leinart, who could possibly be a good pro quarterback down the road. But the KWM gives the Cardinals the best chance to win right now.
And he’s one the bench.
The Cardinals did spend a first-round pick on Leinart and have invested heavily in making sure that he will be the quarterback of the future. But it’s not as if the team hasn’t pissed away its money on players before (*cough*EdgerrinJames*cough*). Besides, Leinart likely will get a chance to play this season because Warner’s chances of making it through the season healthy is about the same as Charles Barkley keeping to his commitment to quit gambling. Play the proven guy, then bring Leinart along slowly. Forget about the money, just play the best guy.
The Cardinals, however, want to prove that they were right about Leinart. But they have more pressing issues such as making the playoffs, filling that new stadium with Cardinals fans and winning the NFC West. The Seahawks have skated by in the NFL’s weakest division for so long, waiting for somebody to upend them.
The Cardinals, however, are refusing to get into the game. And the most painful part is that coach Ken Whisenhunt knows this. He secretly wants Warner to win the job. Hell, even some in the organization are likely rooting for Warner, too.
What is funny is that there are a couple of teams that desperately need a quarterback. Good teams, too, like the Vikings and Bears. Yet, you never hear them getting into the running for KWM.
So the Cardinals not only refuse to play their best quarterback, they are like that selfish little kid that won’t let anybody else play him, either. Yeah, hard to imagine why this team hasn’t made the playoffs in a decade.
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