Quarterbacks Matt Leinart (left) and Kurt Warner warm up before the first practice of training camp Friday in Flagstaff.
FLAGSTAFF – The Cardinals' quarterbacks were throwing at targets during their first practice of training camp Friday morning in a corner of the field, and Kurt Warner nearly drilled a slow-to-move Matt Leinart in the head.
"He kept getting in the way," Warner joked after practice, feigning exasperation.
Funny Warner should put it that way. The same can be said of the team's
Leinart is the starter. Warner wants to be the starter, and right now, Leinart is in the way.
Training camp might just be starting, but this storyline is nothing new. It was just put on a backburner when Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon smashed Leinart into the St. Louis turf last season, breaking Leinart's collarbone and shoving aside a quarterback controversy.
Whisenhunt bluntly announced Leinart the starter going into the offseason. He did that the day after 2007 ended. Warner, not surprisingly, was not thrilled.
But Warner might still be the quarterback. Maybe.
It's been a hard concept for some to grasp, that Leinart could be the starter yet there still be a sort of competition. Some don't want to grasp it, after watching Warner toss 27 touchdown passes in 2007, thinking Warner should already own the job.
Instead, Whisenhunt will watch training camp and the preseason and make a final decision as the regular-season opener nears. Until then, the quarterbacks will do and say exactly what they have been all offseason.
"You understand the questions will be there, and if (media) sees Matt throw a bad