OK, I know it isn't really Monday Night Football, but it feels like it to me. After all, the Raiders are on ESPN at 5PM on Monday Night for their first preseason game against the Dalllas Cowboys.
It figures that our starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, will see action but probably not much past the 1st quarter. Then it will be our first chance to get a look at Matt Leinart who was signed as a free agent during the off season.
Matt brings a history of success as a college QB, lighting up the record books at USC. His successes include winning the Heisman trophy and taking USC to a BCS Championship. He was drafted 10th in the first round by Arizona. Despite having what draft experts believed was the size needed for an NFL quarterback at 6'-5â and 230 pounds, they believed his lack of a strong throwing arm, such as that possessed by his predecessor at USC, Carson Palmer, would be a detriment in his professional career.
So far the critics have been correct. His college success has not translated over into the NFL. He played for 3 seasons in a backup role for the Arizona Cardinals before taking snaps for one season with the Houston Texans. After an injury to their starting QB, Leinart was named as the starting QB only to suffer a season ending injury himself on November 27, 2011 against the Jaguars. That brings him now to the Raiders.
Some supporters would say that Matt hasn't yet had the proper chance to show what he can do. And he might not get a chance with the Raiders either unless Carson Palmer gets hurt. But Raider fans are hoping that he is just good enough to take over the helm of the this team is he does get hurt. He has the experience and the pedigree to be something special. Only time will tell if he will get the chance to prove his doubter wrong.