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Leinart struggling against Raiders

8/23/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart has thrown his second interception of the first half during Arizona's exhibition game against the Raiders at McAfee Coliseum tonight.

Leinart is struggling to find open receivers. The Raiders are pressuring him when he holds the ball, and sometimes before he has time to set up. The second interception appeared to reflect poor decision making.

The left-handed Leinart was rolling to his right near the sideline when he threw up the sideline toward receiver Jerheme Urban, who was covered. Cornerback Stanford Routt picked off the pass easily. I'm always hesitant to question decision making without knowing what all parties should have done on a play, but this pass appeared ill-advised even if Urban should have broken off his route. Routt had the only play on the ball.

Leinart holds a slim lead over veteran Kurt Warner in the race to become the Cardinals' starting quarterback. It's not a race, technically, because Leinart is the declared starter. But coach Ken Whisenhunt has made it clear Leinart must play well to keep the job.

Leinart has completed 4 of 11 passes for 24 yards. His passer rating is 5.3.