Arizona Cardinals: Are the Starters Bird Feed or Birds of Prey?

Jordan SingerContributor IAugust 30, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 14:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals is introduced prior to preseason NFL game against the Houston Texans at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Texans 19-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Matt Leinart went from college superstar to NFL bust, and now he is fighting for a starting job at QB.

Derek Anderson was picked up in the offseason by the Cardinals after having just one great season with the Cleveland Browns.

These two will go at it for a chance to show their best stuff and win the starting job.

Leinart started Week 1 vs. the Texans and Week 2 vs. the Titans but didn't bring his best stuff. He was 4 of 6 for 28 yards. The Titans, along with Vince Young and Chris Johnson, overmatched the Cardinals in a defeat. The backups of that game looked even better than Leinart, including Derek Anderson.

Ken Whisenhunt decided to start Derek Anderson after seeing what he did in the Titans game. As Anderson took on Chicago, he looked pretty good. Anderson went 7 of 12 for 94 yards and one touchdown. Leinart, also playing in the game, did almost as well going 9 of 10 for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Now Ken Whisenhunt has a bigger decision to make. Should he use the former Cleveland Brown that broke out and was a Pro Bowler in 2007 with 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns? Or should he use the former college superstar who was the backup to Kurt Warner for the past year?

It's a decision that could lead your team to the playoffs, or end up trashing the talent you have in Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cardinals have made it into the playoffs two consecutive years behind Kurt Warner, but are Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson able to do it too?