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Leinart is Cardinals' ray of hope

Matt Leinart's a rookie, but he didn't act like one during or after Monday night's thriller against the Bears, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: October 17, 2006
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

His team having escaped the desert still unbeaten but not necessarily unblemished, coach Lovie Smith was asked following the Chicago Bears' improbable victory on Monday night about the performance of Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Matt Leinart in just his second NFL start.

Replied Smith: "He's a scholarship player."

Indeed, it seems, he is.

We don't know about scholarship in terms of, well, scholarship -- because, let's face it, not even the quarterback position in the NFL requires ...

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