Photo Story: A Tale of Two Matts – The Divergent Paths of Cassel and Leinart

Before the 2010 NFL season began, one of the most intriguing names in the NFL was Matt Leinart. With Kurt Warner retiring, Leinart finally appeared poised to fulfill his potential as he prepared to take over the reins of a high octane Arizona offense led by All-World wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Across the country in quiet Kansas City, Matt Cassel, a former teammate of Leinart’s at USC (his backup in fact), had no one even close to atwitter after an underwhelming 2009 campaign in which his QB rating was 69.9 and he threw as many INTs as he did TDs.

Before the preseason started, nary a fantasy football owner would have chosen Cassel over Leinart; but as often happens in the NFL, things have not turned out as anyone expected.

Cassel has become a revelation under second-year coach Todd Haley while  the erstwhile Leinart Era had yet another false start in Arizona that resulted in one of the most ignominious outcomes imaginable for a quarterback: being benched for Derek Anderson.

This is the unlikely tale of two Matts whose respective statures have done a near complete 180 over the last half decade.

tale of two matts - cassel and leinart

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About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.


  1. Lmao simply awesome. Great job

  2. SinCityTrifecta says:

    This is great! Nice work, boys!

  3. Peanuthead says:

    Lol good job u should of threw a Reggie jab in there too.

  4. Excellent, thanks

  5. hahaha hilarious! spot on. great job man! what software or website did you use to make this comic/photo story?

  6. ethanator1088 says:


  7. fabulous

  8. Nothing like kicking a guy when he's down. That OK Matt Leinart you will be back. You WILL be back!! Fight On!!!

  9. SteriodLover says:

    WOW this post really pissed me to shit. All of these quarterbacks are about 100 times better then this fuckstick author and if he ever met matt leinart in person he would bow the fuck down instead of opening his pussy ass mouth. The Sanchize is the greatest quarterback to ever walk this earth and its no coquincidence he plays for the greatest team ever.

    • I will let the name, language, and tone of this comment be its own rebuke.

      Thank you for the visit and comment though. And yes, Matt Leinart is 100, no, 1,000 times better at quarterback than I would ever be. But I also wasn't ever paid millions of dollars to play quarterback and then fail through lack of effort and focus. I do, however, get paid to comment on sports and entertain my readers, and it is Leinart's fault – not mine – that he is such an easy punchline.

      • steriodLover says:

        JerodMSF, i wiegh 200 pounds, i bench 375, i can hang clean 275 for 2, i can squat over 500, and ive taken enough steriods this year to kill a fully grown bull. if you really think you can beat me in a fight then come to North Jersey and just start asking around for the baddest mother fucker anyone knows…youll find me soon enough.

  10. Simply awesome, but what are the trends of FNl, why they are not meeting the people expectations?

  11. wow. perfect

  12. Saying that no fantasy owner would have taken Cassel before Leinart is totally wrong. In fact pretty much every fantasy owner would have taken Cassel before Leinart.

    While no one was expecting Cassel to have a great season let alone a good one, no one was expecting Leinart to even have a decent season.

    I mean when you bring in Derek Anderson as competition for the starting spot, that's saying something about how crappy that player is. Cassel at least had a firm grasp on the starting position.

    • Adi, once the preseason started, I agree with with you. But before the preseason, there was a lot of buzz about Leinart as a potential breakout candidate because he'd be playing with Larry Fitzgerald. And after how awful Cassel was last year, he didn't have a particularly strong hold on the QB job in KC other than his large contract. Once the preseason started, however, Leinart stumbled, was eventually shipped out, and Cassel overcame some shaky performances early in the season to become one of the best fantasy QBs out there.

  13. Bob stoker says:

    haha what is steroidlover gay for matt leinart or something, and if you are from north jersey…well who the hell cares who you are im sure all those steroids have made you dick non-existent anyway, so that post was most likely just his incredibly small penis talking…and I mean incredibly small.

  14. Sequel needed. Punch line: Carson Palmer says, "I'd give MY appendix for another winning season…"

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