The preseason may be Matt Leinart’s only time to show what he can do in Houston this year, as he has no chance of starting as long as Matt Schaub is healthy. But Leinart insists that he’s eventually going to win a starting job in the NFL.
“I still want to be a starter, that’s my goal,” Leinart said. “I’m still young. I’ve still got a lot of ball left.”
Leinart acknowledges that his career hasn’t gone the way he thought it would. He was handed the starting job in Arizona until it became painfully obvious that his presence ahead of Kurt Warner on the depth chart was holding the team back, and then after Warner retired he still couldn’t win the starting job and was ultimately cut by the Cardinals.
“It’s been a roller-coaster ride, but my career goal is always to be a starter,” Leinart said. “I want to start in this league, I want to get to a Super Bowl. No matter what people say or think or believe, I’m working at that every day and waiting until my time comes.”
Texans coach Gary Kubiak says Leinart will play “a great deal” in the preseason. Eventually Leinart thinks he’s going to play a great deal in the regular season.
“Guys have taken so many different routes in their careers,” Leinart said. “Every way is different, and you never know what’s going to happen. For me, I just know that my opportunity is going to come.”