Matt Leinart agrees to deal with Houston Texans

Matt Leinart is about to become a Houston Texan.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that Leinart, the free agent quarterback released by the Cardinals this weekend, has agreed to terms with the Texans on a one-year deal.

In Houston, Leinart won’t have any chance of unseating the starter, Matt Schaub, so he has apparently accepted the fact that he has to be a backup, at least for now. Really, he had no other choice.

But the good news for Leinart is that if he practices well and learns the offense quickly, it shouldn’t take too much to unseat the current No. 2 quarterback in Houston, Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky looked terrible in the preseason, and Leinart should be an upgrade for the Texans at the backup quarterback position.

And if Leinart isn’t even an upgrade over Orlovsky, his NFL stock has fallen even further than any of us thought.

31 responses to “Matt Leinart agrees to deal with Houston Texans

  1. I hope Schaub does not get injured, if so they are 7-9. Watch Leinart ruin that locker room or get the hell beat out of him.

  2. and texan fans are crying in their soup……..can’t say i blame them either. they better hope Matty doesn’t make it to #2QB.

  3. You’re telling us that Dan Orlovsky had any stock as an NFL player in the first place.
    C’mon this dude doesn’t even know where the endzone ends at. Lord knows he couldn’t find it on the other side of the field either.
    The guy was drafted by Matt Millen.

  4. Leinart should feel really proud of himself. He has gone from a first round draft pick to being able to beat Dan Orlovsky out for the back up spot. You are an over achiever Mr. Leinart. Hope you can get some more hot tub photos.

  5. Matt needed a change. His problem is that he has been a winner all his life, and then suddenly, after a decent rookie year, he sat for three seasons, with the belief that he was the heir apparent.
    But that made him dull and disconnected with his teammates. His focus now will be to develop good relationships will his teammates, and to regain the fire he had in his college years.

  6. It’s amazing to me that a billion dollar industry is unable to figure out what college players can and can’t play.
    The real story should be focused on all of the people who should lose their job over this…not just Matt.

  7. this is smart on Leinart’s part. Not that Whisenhunt is a slouch, but if Kubiak can’t get NFL caliber skills out of Leinart, then he truly is a bust

  8. What happened to the assertion the Raiders were still interested in Leinart, even though they stated they had no interest?
    For years it was known the Raiders wouldn’t respond to rumors, so the media, agents, GMs, and others would always throw the Raiders name in the hat. However, with today’s technology, the internet, and the Raiders having their own site, it appears they now take the time to refute bad information and/or reporting. What has not happened yet is adjustment by the media, agents, GMs, and others, so they continue to throw the Raiders name “out there” out of habit. One they should learn to break to keep from looking foolish so often.

  9. Maybe he can leave his ego in Arizona.
    This guy is NOT entitled to anything.
    He didn’t screw up massively, but look how
    contrite Kobe and Tiger were after they made mistakes with their ego’s.
    learn or burn bitch.

  10. philcommander says:
    September 6, 2010 10:12 AM
    It’s amazing to me that a billion dollar industry is unable to figure out what college players can and can’t play.
    The real story should be focused on all of the people who should lose their job over this…not just Matt.

    Regardless of how much money is on the line, you’re still dealing with humans. For all of the talent in the world and individual may have, they always have the ability to disappoint. Never underestimate man’s ability to fail to live up to expectations.

  11. Leinart may be horrible and checkdown every time, but at least he won’t step out of the back of the endzone.

  12. How much worse can it get? First, you lose your job to Nolan Ryan, er, Derek Anderson and now you’re faced with having to compete with the likes of Dan Orlavsky for the right to be the first backup QB on the Texans to never get in a game?
    Man, that’s almost as bad as your wife letting your brother in law borrow your golf clubs.

  13. tiger was contrite? He didn’t say anything for months, had some silly press conference where he blamed his womanish on a falling-away from Buddhism, and acts surly when anyone brings it up: he is the opposite of contrite
    And not to mention – Kobe slogged some hotel worker inthe pooper and tiger slammed half of this nation’s skanks; leinart complained that he didn’t get a fair shot – quite a difference.

  14. tiger was contrite? He didn’t say anything for months, had some silly press conference where he blamed his womanish on a falling-away from Buddhism, and acts surly when anyone brings it up: he is the opposite of contrite
    And not to mention – Kobe slogged some hotel worker inthe pooper and tiger slammed half of this nation’s skanks; leinart complained that he didn’t get a fair shot – quite a difference.

  15. sorry mattie, reality bites. now people (fans) are expecting results, no matter your excuses. can’t cheat and sneak your way through real life like you did at USC

  16. # nutbuster says:
    I hope Schaub does not get injured, if so they are 7-9. Watch Leinart ruin that locker room or get the hell beat out of him.
    ***********************
    No ONE person can ruin a locker room, despite what all you TO haters think. When Dennis Rodman joined the Bulls, the first thing out of the media’s mouths was how the Bulls were done because Rodman was going to ruin them like he did the Spurs (Funny how the Pistons won two championships with him). Not only did he not ruin the team but they became the first and ONLY team to win 70+ games, 140+ games in two years and 200+ games in three years and three straight championship.
    Jordan, Pippin and Jackson didn’t let anything derail their quest for more hardware and in fact, the media tried to make a big deal out of the fact that they thought that Jackson was running a loose ship just to please Rodman. Late in the year, they grilled Jackson because he didn’t fine Rodman for some of the things that he had done that year and Jackson’s response was that he had and if he had thought that it was any of their business, he would have told them about the fines – end of story.
    Leinart had his chance to be an ass in Arizona and he didn’t piss and moan and try to get the locker room to side with him against Warner or Whisenhunt and if he had, Warner and Whisenhunt would have clamped down and if they hadn’t, it would have been THEIR fault for letting it get out of hand. If the locker room in Houston gets divided, it’s because they don’t have any kind of respect for Schaub AND Kubiak.
    Leinart had a legitimate beef with Whisenhunt and the Cardinals are going to pay for it this year and next because Anderson is going to give way to Hall and Hall is going to be going through a learning process that probably won’t bear fruit until late next year. If Leinart is able to win the #2 spot, it means that he’s been given a LEGITIMATE chance of beating the competition and that’s all he wanted from Whisenhunt.

  17. Be ready Leinart . All it takes is a twisted ankle , a broken finger , or a tweaked knee to get your opportunity . Now you’ve got to play like an underdog and show what you’ve got . This may work out well for you in the end . I know you have the talent . Do you have what it takes between the ears. That’s been your problem !

  18. BBrophy,
    Yes Whisencunt is a slouch and this is a good move for Matt. He’s playing for a solid QB coach. He has a shot at some playing time because Schaub is somewhat fragile.
    From a one year perspective he could have gone to the Colts and actually learned a lot from Manning and given the Colts a player that can actually play if needed to replace that waste of human flesh they have in Cuntis Paninter who is still pissing himself following the Jets game last year.
    Back to Whisencunt. Big Ben has been a better QB after Whis left. They didn’t have a solid relationship and is somewhat similar to Leinart. If Whis would have been the one that signed the checks in Pitt, Roethlisberger would have likely been benched at times. Kurt Warner and his overrated self did more for Whis than Whis did for him, so it’s not like Whisencunt is some form of QBguru. With Matt, the Cards would have likely still won the west, now they won’t win 5 games and the Rams knock them off in week 1.

  19. edgy1957
    So your logic is what’s true with Dennis Rodman and the Chicago Bulls (a basketball team) is true with Matt? Why is that exactly? They are two different situations with different people in different sports and your also throwing in one of the best players and coaches of all time to help your argument… Glad to know you know a lot about basketball though. You might wanna stick to sites about the spurs back then.
    As to your point about the Texans: If Matt beats Orlofvsky all he has shown is that he is better than a guy that ran out the back of an endzone because he forgot the rules during a game. A game where he was playing for his career (he didn’t have much room for error as opposed to more established players like say Drew Brees or Peyton Manning). Deciding that he is better than Orlovsky therefore the Cardinals coach look foolish doesn’t make it so, you need actual logic there.
    It may be the fact that behind the scenes stuff held him back, but the important thing to remember is that the stuff that is behind the scenes, by virtue of the fact it is behind the scenes, is stuff WE CANNOT KNOW ABOUT. So don’t try and use stuff that can niether be proven or disproven as a premise in an argument, that stuff wouldn’t get a passing grade in any class.
    As to Matt, I hope he turns his life around. But the one thing NO ONE can deny is that he had plenty of opportunity in Arizona playing with great players and a great coach that took that same team to a super bowl and almost won it. The fact Matt couldn’t get a starting job against the competition (which you even said was weak in your argument) in Arizona goes to show at the moment he sucks. Hopefully not in the future but right now he does.
    Sorry dude I don’t buy what your selling.

  20. Cy says: September 6, 2010 10:44 PM
    edgy1957
    So your logic is what’s true with Dennis Rodman and the Chicago Bulls (a basketball team) is true with Matt? Why is that exactly?
    *******************
    I don’t give a shit WHO it is because if ONE guy can kill a locker room then the QB and the coach NEVER HAD the locker room in the first place. The Spurs had a bunch of SELFISH idiots and the supposed leader of the team, Robinson, was content to sit there and watch everything break down. It would take until Tim Duncan hit town before someone with REAL leadership took over the team and they stopped all that happy horseshit.
    It’s NOT behind the scenes crap that cost Leinart, it’s an IDIOT head coach who seems to believe that he knows more than he does. Had he been saddled with Anderson a couple of years ago instead of Warner, he’d NOW be the former Arizona Cardinal head coach. instead of being the soon to be former Arizona Cardinal head coach.
    As for “great” players, are you serious? Matt Leinart started on a team that was 5-11, the previous year (and Warner was 2-8 as the starter) and he went 4-7 as the starter and Warner went 1-4 (3-12 over two years with what was a crappy team). Leinart started but got hurt in his second season and he went 3-2 (7-9 as a starter for his first two years) while Warner went 5-6. In his third season, they finally had a better offense (but certainly not the defense) but his notoriety over the pictures that showed up on the Internet gave Whisenhunt an excuse and he used it the first time that he had the chance. Leinart lost the job NOT because of his performance but his immaturity and that’s ALL that Whisenhunt needed because Matt wasn’t his QB. Matt needed to complete 100% of his passes (he fell less than 20 points short) and lead the team to a TD on EVERY drive to stay the starter and when that didn’t happen, Whisenhunt used that as an excuse. Believe me, if YOU believe that Anderson is going to be the starter at the end of the season, you’re only showing how little you know. AT BEST, the team will be 2-3 when the bye shows up but more likely, it’ll be 1-4 and maybe even 0-5. The Max Hall Era starts in Week 7 – put that down as a fact.

  21. Leinhart will learn a lot from Kubiak. Mostly how to carry a clipboard correctly.
    Really, being a backup is not a dumb thing to do. Sure, you don’t get the real money. But you also leave the league with your body intact and you can always go into coaching.
    Just ask Kubiak….

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