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.
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