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Texans keep Matt Leinart

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In a surprise move, quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to a deal to stay with the Houston Texans, a day after reports circulated that Leinart would sign with the Seattle Seahawks.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Leinart wanted to sign with a team that would give him a chance to start, and the Texans are definitely not that as long as Matt Schaub is around. But Leinart apparently concluded after the Seahawks agreed to a deal with Tarvaris Jackson that he wouldn’t be able to start in Seattle, either.

It says a lot about how far Leinart has fallen that for the second straight year, he has signed in Houston even though he knows he can’t start in Houston, just because he can’t start anywhere else, either. But Texans coach Gary Kubiak wanted Leinart back, and now he’ll have him.

In Houston, Leinart will compete with Dan Orlovsky and rookie T.J. Yates for the right to back up Schaub.

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53 Responses to “Texans keep Matt Leinart”
  1. onebadace says: Jul 27, 2011 2:18 PM

    As someone who lives in Arizona and watched Matt Leinart be a scrub when he was here, I have no pity.

  2. trbowman says: Jul 27, 2011 2:18 PM

    What is Leinart thinking?

  3. dwoofer says: Jul 27, 2011 2:19 PM

    I tell ya, some people just don’t get no respect…

  4. packerrube13 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    “John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Leinart wanted to sign with a team that would give him a chance to start, and the Texans are definitely not that as long as Matt Schaub is around.”

    Is there really any reason to make a joke here? It’s almost a punch line by itself.

  5. eastcoastninerfan says: Jul 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    Dang it!!!! Was really hoping to face Leinart twice a year again…would have been fun!

  6. packerrube13 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    I bet John McClain was laughing as he reported that.

  7. JackLeone says: Jul 27, 2011 2:22 PM

    Kinda wanted to see him in Seattle. Pete Carroll got the most production out of him. Oh well, back-up it is…carry on.

  8. bigvinnyinjax says: Jul 27, 2011 2:23 PM

    As a Jaguars fan, please allow me to say, “woo-hoo!”

  9. eacuna05 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:24 PM

    I guess losing to Derek Anderson in camp scared him away from competition for good. This should be the proof that Leinart is complacent with getting by as a backup in the NFL. He does not have the will or drive to succeed as an NFL QB.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Jul 27, 2011 2:24 PM

    Good for Leinart. He gets to keep learning under Kubiak in a good offense with good players. Not sure he can beat out Orlovsky though. Maybe he should have aimed for somewhere he’d be more in line for some PT.

  11. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 27, 2011 2:24 PM

    Matt Leinart will always be an NFL Career Backup. He had his chance with the Cards and he blew it.

  12. perno13 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:27 PM

    Ha, the day you decide you’re not good enough to start over Tavaris Jackson is the day you’re not good enough to start in the NFL, period.

  13. junobeach44 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:27 PM

    Let me get this straight, Matt Leinart is actually sulking and giving up because HE doesn’t think he could beat out Tavaris Jackson. Wow, if you don’t believe in yourself that much Matt, just quit.

  14. ballsdeep24 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:27 PM

    bigvinnyinjax says:
    As a Jaguars fan, please allow me to say, “woo-hoo!”

    Correction: As THE Jaguars fan…
    (as if there were more then only you)

  15. txndave says: Jul 27, 2011 2:28 PM

    ADoesn’t matter.. If shaub goes down we’re screwd

  16. thephantomstranger says: Jul 27, 2011 2:28 PM

    Amazing that this guy is afraid of T-Jack and Charlie Whitehurst.

  17. stampnhawk says: Jul 27, 2011 2:31 PM

    The day just got brighter in Seattle…

  18. clintonportisheadd says: Jul 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    I was hoping he would end in Seattle. That would have been an NFL first-3 career back ups (Lienert, Jackson, Whitehurst) taking turns as starters.

  19. psuravens19 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:35 PM

    He’s still in the NFL???

  20. mnfaninaz says: Jul 27, 2011 2:35 PM

    Leinart is a highly compensated male cheerleader.

  21. bigbeefyd says: Jul 27, 2011 2:36 PM

    trbowman says:
    Jul 27, 2011 2:18 PM
    What is Leinart thinking?
    *************************************
    I’m guessing it’s either “Man, I suck” or “At least I will have a longer career than Ryan Leaf”.

  22. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    First thoughts on this — without knowing any real details on what the Seahawks may have told him — is “how dumb is this guy?” If he thinks he’s got a better shot to climb over Kubiak’s guy than he does to beat out another team’s cast-off in the eyes of the coach under whom he won a Heisman trophy . . .

  23. jbl429 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:40 PM

    Just goes to show that the general consensus on Leinert is right. He doesn’t have the motivation it takes to be a successful QB in this league. He’s happy to collect a million or so as the backup to a QB where, short of an injury, he’ll never get on the field.

  24. buzzkillbill says: Jul 27, 2011 2:43 PM

    @clintonportisheadd says: Jul 27, 2011 2:34 PM

    I was hoping he would end in Seattle. That would have been an NFL first-3 career back ups (Lienert, Jackson, Whitehurst) taking turns as starters.
    ___________________________________
    As my wife would say, “just push them together and make one good one”.

  25. My Last Victim Escaped says: Jul 27, 2011 2:45 PM

    Damn, Leinart… he must know something about the awesomeness of T-Jack that made him run back to holding a clipboard in Houston.

  26. lgwelsh1 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:48 PM

    Matt isn’t a starter, plain and simple. He had more than enough chances in Arizona. He should be happy he is on a football team period.

  27. dexterismyhero says: Jul 27, 2011 3:01 PM

    @mnfaninaz says:
    Jul 27, 2011 2:35 PM
    Leinart is a highly compensated male cheerleader.
    =================================

    that should be the only post needed on this story……..good one

  28. bigtimetexanfan says: Jul 27, 2011 3:03 PM

    OH NO WE SUCK AGAIN !!!

    (OR STILL)

  29. bmorelikeme says: Jul 27, 2011 3:03 PM

    Am I the only one who think Leinart loves being a backup?….I picture him like a real life version of the QB from Blue Mountain State

  30. juliusanonymous says: Jul 27, 2011 3:10 PM

    Best news of the day for Seattle. This guy just proved he never wants a legit shot at starting. At least he didn’t absorb $8m/yr of Seattle’s cap while we search for a real QB.

  31. rboyett says: Jul 27, 2011 3:11 PM

    Leinart shows one more time just how much of an idiot he is. He would have a much better chance of starting in Seattle than Houston.

    Just on more thing to show how much of a loser this guy is.

  32. seahawk77 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:12 PM

    What a coward…Most QBs decide to hold a clipboard AFTER some success or a beating in some cases. Who knows maybe Paul Allen ran out of money?

  33. ahostiletakeover says: Jul 27, 2011 3:16 PM

    Haha, I can definitely see that bmorelikeme, haha too funny. Leinart fits that role perfectly. Now if we can just get the Texans mascot to be his roomie and sidekick!

  34. cleanslaton says: Jul 27, 2011 3:19 PM

    exactly the free agent splash that us Texans fans were looking for. Thanks a pantload, Mr. McNair, you cheap dildo.

  35. pacificamjr says: Jul 27, 2011 3:19 PM

    7-9

  36. boisebob says: Jul 27, 2011 3:20 PM

    PHEW! I was afraid my Seahawks would actually take him!

  37. laeaglefan says: Jul 27, 2011 3:21 PM

    If Leinart is afraid that he can’t beat Tarvaris Jackson out for the starting job, then that speaks volumes about how good he really is.

  38. mrplow3 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:22 PM

    Dan Orlovsky is twice as good as this stiff. Only thing Matty is good at these days is banging jock sniffing skanks in hot tubs.

    Move him to 3rd string.

  39. drdonkey25 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:25 PM

    I would much rather have Leinart than Dan O at number 2.

  40. jh500 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:30 PM

    He’s happy being a backup

  41. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 27, 2011 3:36 PM

    Dan Orlovsky will always have a soft spot in my heart for running out the back of the end zone looking for a receiver as a Lion. One of the more entertaining plays of my football watching career.

  42. biggerballz says: Jul 27, 2011 3:43 PM

    hmm strange that no one complained about his work ethic out of college. The guy doesn’t even want a chance to fight for a starting job. No wonder arz cut him.

  43. brintfatre says: Jul 27, 2011 3:54 PM

    He will be named starter as part of the NFL’s ongoing “hand Manning an easy playoff berth every season of his career” program.

  44. tinytim4115 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:54 PM

    TJ Yates will be Schaub’s backup….maybe not this year, but definitely by next year

  45. dirtdawg55 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:54 PM

    Let me get this straight. Sign with the Texans knowing you are a back-up. Likely forever. Or have your actions line up with your words and seek a starting job in Seattle, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Miami, San Fran or a few other places with legitimate concerns at QB.

    Yep. Got it. Matt can talk all he wants about his game, but his act ins prove he has none.

    No legitimate starter would ever not try to start. Period. Only those who are happy to cash cheques would be content being a back-up. Matt Leinart you are Charlie Batch. Enjoy.

  46. rollerino1 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:11 PM

    I don’t think Matt Leinart ever REALLY got a fair chance after his rookie season. Ken Wisenhunt made it clear he didn’t like him from the beginning and just crushed the dude’s confidence from there. I was laughing my arse off last year when Derek Anderson was given the starting job and Matt was traded to the Texans. Anyone who didn’t know Derek was going to turn into a pumpkin halfway through the season should seek therapy.

  47. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 27, 2011 7:29 PM

    Back to holding another man’s clipboard

  48. i5197 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:08 PM

    I belive i speak for all seahawks fans when i say, oh thank god.

  49. mdnittlion says: Jul 27, 2011 8:32 PM

    How hard is it to suit up, but never play? I mean there has got to be some kind of secret NFL fraternal order for this with Leinart as Prez and Brady Quinn as VP.

  50. wilnel1984 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:09 PM

    It says a lot when you don’t think you can beat Tavaris Jackson.

    All hype, no heart. Tons of talent, but without the guts to match.

  51. Canyonero says: Jul 27, 2011 11:29 PM

    Leinart must be taking a dance class in the Houston area.

  52. txhc says: Jul 28, 2011 2:18 AM

    “dirtdawg55 says:
    Jul 27, 2011 5:54 PM
    ….. Matt Leinart you are Charlie Batch. Enjoy.”

    Nah, Batch can actually play a little. He’s more like Curtis Painter or Kyle Boller.

  53. mswitter61 says: Oct 2, 2011 4:08 PM

    I have lived in AZ for a while, and I follow the Cardinals as well as observed Matt Leinart’s talents when he was here. Three Words….Waste Of Money.

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