He was horrenduous in their opening pre-season game. His throws were completely off the mark. And those were on intermediate routes, going 5 feet off target. In the Titans game he had a reciever open in the endzone on a slant, but threw it behind him and cost a touchdown.
I do understand the frustration with Leinart. The team can't score when he starts.
I expect Skelton to be starting by the end of the season. He looked great in the preseason, it was against thrid stringers but that has nothing to do with overthrowing a mid open reciever on an intermediate out.
Titans' DBs were placing bets on Matt Leinart checking down passes. Brady Quinn had the same problem. In the NFL you have to throw a pass with timing, accuracy and most importantly into tight windows 12-18 yards down the field. Neither had to do it in college, neither can do in the NFL. Lobbing it up to Dwayne Jarrett, Jeff Samardjiza, Mike Williams isn't a realistic option in the NFL.
I don't want to make any excuses for Leinart, but I think the spread style that Whissy uses is a terrible fit for Leinart.
I'm disappointed in Leinart, I actually liked the guy coming out.
Without a doubt. He has the running game and WRs he needs to succeed, just the wrong set. As someone stated above, Whisenhunt doesn't trust him in the system for whatever reason. I don't like how coaches rarely inherit a QB and stick with him. They always need 'their' guy. It's a shame that Leinart has gone to waste. Never like to see a first rounder fail miserably.