Matt Leinart says he’s ready to be a starter

After a season where Matt Leinart was cut in favor of Derek Anderson and sat on the bench behind Dan Orlovsky (and Matt Schaub), Leinart believes he’s ready to take the next step in his career.

“I want to be a starter in the league, and I feel like I’ve paid my dues,” Leinart told the Houston Chronicle. “I sat for three and a half years now and played behind a Hall of Fame quarterback [Kurt Warner] which a lot of people don’t remember. Obviously, coming here is not the way I planned, but I think Matt Schaub is a great quarterback.”

Leinart said he learned a lot in Houston, but sounds ready to move on.  While there won’t be a lot of great free agent quarterbacks available, it’s hard to imagine Leinart getting anything but a backup job.

45 responses to “Matt Leinart says he’s ready to be a starter

  1. I think it is obvious that the QB coaching in Arizona is not very good at the moment. But I do not expect that fact to help him find work. I don’t remember the specifics, but I thought Leinart was very accurate but was just checking the ball down too much. A good QB coach could have probably helped that.

    Seems he might be a victim of trying to start him too early in his career, when he wasn’t ready, now his confidence is shaken and he no longer has that “new QB smell” so if a team like the Vikings grabbed him to compete for a job their fanbase would eat them alive. I wonder how many of those top pick bust QBs would have had careers if they sat for 3 years before starting? Not everyone is Matt Ryan on has Joe Flaccos defense.

  2. He’s paid his dues??? What a typical comment from a self-entitled Trojan. You have to EARN the spot, dancing boy. Leinart typifies the Heisman trophy QBs for the last 20 years in that he was surrounded by NFL talent against vastly inferior competition to put up inflated numbers.

  3. I could see Pete Carroll taking a chance on him in Seattle next year. Hasselbeck is beyond washed up and I don’t think they’re totally sold on Whitehurst yet despite what he did last Sunday.

  4. Anyone who has to tell you that they “paid their dues” probably hasn’t paid their dues

    Anyone who has to tell you that they “deserve to be a starter” probably doesn’t deserve to be a starter

    Memo to Leinart – if you were looking THAT good, the NFL personnel guys would be talking about you, rather than YOU talking about YOU.

  5. He would immediately become the best quarterback the Dolphins have the second he walked in the door.

    How pathetic is that?????

  6. Just because you sit for 3.5 years doesn’t mean you are “ready”. You have a noodle arm (every pass at USC was an arching pass to a wideopen player essentially) and make bad decisions. You should crawl on your knees to anyone offering you more than 3rd string…and those roles are usually reserved for young, promising prospects.

  7. USC and Pete Carol equals pretty boy QB’s who cannot play in the NFL. Sanchize stiff, Leinart stiff, and Carson is a stiff as well.

    I am not sure you cannot put Cassell in that category because he never played a game at USC. But the jury is still out on him.

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    jhorton83 says: Jan 4, 2011 7:37 PM

    I could see Pete Carroll taking a chance on him in Seattle next year. Hasselbeck is beyond washed up and I don’t think they’re totally sold on Whitehurst yet despite what he did last Sunday.

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    PC did not try to get him when he was available, why bother now?
    Whitehurst, a veteran pickup and a rookie will battle it out.

  9. The Jets should sign him. He’s better than Sanchez.

    Prediction: If Sanchez plays his usual seven point game in the playoffs two things will happen.

    1) He’ll get a quick hook for Brunell.
    2) The Jets will sign Leinart.

    Rex Ryan has talked too much smack to go one and done without even trying to see if Brunell can actually get a touchdown or two.

  10. rhythmfish says:
    Jan 4, 2011 7:14 PM
    He looks like the dude on the Allstate (?) commercials.
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    I’m a back up QB.

    I came from USC.

    You’d think that would mean I’m pretty good.

    But I just threw that incomplete pass right through the window of your Hyundai.

    Think your cut rate insurance is going to cover that?

  11. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers. That is where guys who think they have paid their dues go. They signed Todd Marinovich and Sean Salisbury after all.

    If playing behind a Pro Bowl or Hall of Fame level QB mattered, Jim Sorgi would be the best QB in the league.

    But hey, the Seahawks could be a great fit. And the Browns. Or even the Bengals. Maybe even the Niners. Consistently bad teams need a consistently bad QB. Leinart fits that bill perfectly.

  12. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    I’m a back up QB.

    I came from USC.

    You’d think that would mean I’m pretty good.

    But I just threw that incomplete pass right through the window of your Hyundai.

    Think your cut rate insurance is going to cover that?

    =======================

    I’m glad I finished my drink, because I would have just spit it out laughing. Well played.

  13. @realitypolice

    Now that’s funny!!!

    Seriously, though, if Leinart wants to be a starter it will almost assuredly be in a league that starts with an A, C, or U, and not an N.

  14. Leinart is worth a look at Seattle or San Francisco, assuming that the Niners can’t get Luck, IF his work ethic has improved.

  15. Just because Leinart palyed at USC does not mean Carroll will sign him. He sucks, weak arm, and too interested in partying to get better. Every USC player will not end up in Seattle. I like the idea of him backing up Cassell, that would be funny.

  16. Leinart is a bust! He never did anything for the Cards when he started and could not beat out Dan Orlosky for backup in Houston? ANother overrated USC player……………..

  17. Maybe you should try MMA Training with Jay Glazer again Matt? Because it really honed your QB skills the first time.

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