Week 7: Patience with Leinart

Updated: October 27, 2006, 9:12 AM ET
By Jason Langendorf | ESPN.com
Football followers are as fickle as my kids:

Daddy, I don't want chicken for dinner. But we had chicken just last week and you ate it. I didn't like it. But you told me you did. No, I didn't. But you had three helpings. Uh-uh. Well then. Um, OK.

And so it is with Arizona QB Matt Leinart and his fans/critics. First, one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history gets poked and prodded by personnel men during the summer evaluation process, to the point that they simply have to find something wrong with him. Then, the BMOC-turned-draft bridesmaid sours more opinions with a brief holdout and fails to beat out QB Kurt Warner for the Cardinals' starting job. No wonder the pretty boy fell to No. 10.


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Jason Langendorf is the boxing editor for ESPN.com.