Matt Leinart doesn’t think highly of former coach Ken Whisenhunt

Matt Leinart, shown in 2010, was with the Arizona Cardinals for four years, three under former coach Ken Whisenhunt.
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Matt Leinart had plenty to say Monday about the Tennessee Titans’ recent hiring of Ken Whisenhunt, his former head coach with the Arizona Cardinals, on “Fox Sports Live.”

And it wasn’t good.

“I don’t think it’s a great fit, and I don’t think it’s great timing, and here’s why,” said Leinart, a free agent quarterback who was cut by the Cardinals during Whisenhunt’s tenure. “You look at his tenure in Arizona -- only two years, he had success, and in those two years, [quarterback] Kurt Warner ran that football team -- I was a part of it.

“Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in and implement 20-to-30 new plays which he would say, ‘I want these in my game plan.’ We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner’s offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner at USC was then asked if Whisenhunt or Warner should get the credit for the Cardinals’ success during that period, which included a Super Bowl appearance.

“Kurt Warner was fantastic,” he said.

Leinart laughed incredulously when asked if he liked Whisenhunt and answered, “Do I like Whisenhunt?”