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CARDINAL FANS, It’s never too early to look forward to next season

By: SS Barkley
February 25, 2010

Cardinal fans are at the edge of their seats waiting to see what will unfold for their team. With the sad announcement just weeks ago, that Kurt Warner has decided to hang up his cleats; we all know it is never too early to look forward to next season.
Will the 2010 season be a dash to the playoffs or another example of the “Curse of the Lefties” that has haunted the NFL for decades?

It may not seem too out of the ordinary, due to the majority of people being right handed but did you know there have only been 33 left-handed quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL? Lefties are mostly known for their awkward look and being slow with their footwork and release. Out of the few lefties there is only a hand full to have gained any legitimate success; Steve Young, Ken Stabler, Mark Brunell, Boomer Esiason, and Michael Vick with a few honorable mentions, Jim Zorn and Scott Mitchell. With the most recent lefty, Pat White of Miami, he came in late this season but was only to be taken off the field a few moments later, seems like his short lived field time and injury report is yet just another example of the Lefty Curse.

Although a lefty, Matt Leinart was able to prove himself in college to be an All American Quarterback. With his 64.8 completion percentage and 99 touchdowns with just 23 interceptions, he led Southern California to an AP National Championship in 2003, a BSC National Championship in 2004, and an appearance in the BCS National Championship in 2005. Not to mention in 2004 he won the Heisman trophy and a Manning Award. Maybe the bench made him a little rusty… but in recent days Matt has only given us a 57 completion rate, 20 career interceptions and 11 fumbles.

If Matt wants to show any signs of improvement next season, he should be studying tape of Steve Young and start reviewing what he has learned from the great mentor, Kurt Warner. We can only hope he learned enough to be a Scott Mitchell type of quarterback and not a Chris Simms—otherwise the Cardinals will not make a deep playoff run in 2010. So come on Matt, manage the game get us to eight wins so we can make the playoffs, don’t let this “curse of the lefties” run over the Arizona Cardinals, lets leave the curse for Tim Tebow.

So the big question is, will Matt Leinart be able to lead this team and fans to a three-peat as NFC West Champions, or will there be a draft pick to put him back on the bench?