This past weekend, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders would take a look at former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Leinart and that he would likely be signed to the team as the primary backup quarterback.
While I believe the odds are in the favor of Leinart, in the world of football you never know what will happen until it's a done deal, and general manager Reggie McKenzie obviously has his reasons for considering both Sorgi and Leinart.
Oakland's only other quarterbacks on the roster behind Carson Palmer are Terrelle Pryor and Rhett Bomar, and there is no doubt there is a need for an experienced backup guy. Leinart, of course, played backup to Palmer at USC, and both players were Heisman Trophy winners. The 28-year-old has also worked with the Raiders' new offensive coordinator, Greg Knapp, who was the Texans' quarterback coach.
There seems to be a strong familiarity here with Leinart, which could bode well for him if he has to come in at the drop of the hat if something were to happen to Palmer. While his NFL career has been marred with injuries and he certainly couldn't be considered successful post-college, he does have some potential and could succeed once he becomes a member of the Silver and Black.
Sorgi was Peyton Manning's backup for six years in Indianapolis, making his debut back in 2004. He hasn't been out on the field since 2009 after he was p laced on injured reserve due to a strained right hamstring. He was signed by the New York Giants in 2010 but spent the year on the injured reserve list with a right shoulder injury.
During Sorgi's limited time in the game, he amassed 929 passing yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. While I like that he has some experience with Manning, in my opinion, Leinart is the guy I feel more comfortable with as backup to Palmer.
Either way, I have faith that the Raiders will surprise many of their opponents, and fans of opposing teams throughout the NFL in 2012, as they return to the postseason for the first time in over a decade.
K.C. Dermody grew up in the Bay Area of California, and has been an Oakland Raiders fan for her entire life. She has continued her loyalty to the team through its many ups and downs over the decades, and has been privileged to meet several of her favorite players, including famed quarterback, Jim Plunkett. Follow her on Twitter @kcdermody or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kcdermodywriter.
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