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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Can Leinart take cue from Rodgers?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Leinart is without question the Cardinals' starting quarterback.

He is also the only quarterback under contract to the team in 2010. The Cardinals could pursue Chad Pennington and other veterans projected to become unrestricted free agents. A veteran could compete with Leinart for the job or the Cardinals could draft a quarterback.

"We have had competition at every spot and that is what has made us better and that is what we will continue to do," coach Ken Whisenhunt said at the NFL combine Saturday. "I don't think Matt is scared of that whatsoever."

Whisenhunt also compared Leinart to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

"He has never really gotten a chance to settle in and play, but I think once again, he does have the pedigree of having had success and he is a good football player," Whisenhunt said. "That is why he was drafted where he was drafted. It's just when you get into a situation like he did, playing behind a quarterback like Kurt, that is tough. But Aaron Rodgers has certainly seemed to respond to that very well after being behind Brett Favre. We're obviously hoping for a lot of the similar things."