Monday, March 1, 2010
Chavous: Assessing Leinart's chances
By Mike Sando
Corey Chavous, a second-round choice of the Cardinals in 1998, was usually a good resource as a veteran safety with the Rams.
Retirement from the NFL has left Chavous time to launch a Web site focusing on draft-related analysis. Chavous also played in the NFC West recently enough -- with the Rams in 2008 -- to have a feel for Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart. He shared Leinart-related thoughts with XTRA910 radio in Phoenix recently.
"He can do everything you need to do," Chavous said. "He can throw on the run. He is pretty accurate and has gotten stronger over the years in terms of being able to drive the ball on deep comebacks, which isn’t a high part of the system you guys run out there. I feel he can execute offensively. He has guys who can run after the catch. I think he always did a good job of being able to show touch and those things are important down the field when you have weapons like [Steve] Breaston and as [Early] Doucet develops as well. You are going to have to be able to throw fade stops and routes really that Kurt Warner was able to throw in small windows effectively. I think he can do that. He is accurate enough to be successful there."
Leinart threw high too many times last season, I thought. That can happen when a quarterback is overanxious. Leinart hasn't played much recently. Adrenalin might have been an issue when he did get into games. Leinart is a bit of a wild card. He led an impressive go-ahead drive at Tennessee in the only full game he played last season, but there were other times during the season when the offense went nowhere with him under center. The Cardinals even put Warner back in the game at Chicago.