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Matt Leinart thinks he’s ahead of the curve in Oakland

Gary Kubiak, Matt Leinart AP

New Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart believes he knows the team’s offense better than his teammates, thanks to his relationship with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

Leinart, who played the last two years in Houston when Knapp was the Texans’ quarterbacks coach, told reporters in Oakland on Monday that the Raiders were the best fit in the NFL for him when the Texans let him go.

“It made perfect sense for me to come here because this is a brand new offense for almost everyone on the offensive side of the ball except for myself and [guard] Mike Brisiel, who is from Houston, as well,” Leinart said.

Leinart won’t compete for a starting job in Oakland and will only back up Carson Palmer, and having just turned 29, he may not have many more chances to start. But Leinart says he looks to the man who supplanted him from the one starting job he did have, Kurt Warner, as inspiration.

“Everyone’s path is different,” Leinart said. “[Warner] didn’t start a game until he was [28]. He’s probably a Hall of Famer.”

The difference, of course, is that Warner didn’t start a game until he was 28 because the NFL overlooked him and no team ever gave him a chance to start until he was 28. Leinart was given chances in Arizona and didn’t make the most of them. The best Leinart can do now is be ready in case Palmer goes down. And on that score, he at least thinks he’s more ready than he would be in any other offense.

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55 Responses to “Matt Leinart thinks he’s ahead of the curve in Oakland”
  1. steviekthr3e says: May 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    Why is this 2nd-stringer still in headlines?

    Grab a clipboard and shut up.

  2. bass1717 says: May 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    He sucks, simple as that…..he cannot complete a pass unless it’s a checkdown…..100% BUST

  3. joetoronto says: May 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    That’s because he IS ahead of the curve, it’s exactly the same offense he had in Houston.

  4. packerpride03 says: May 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    So does Jamarcus

  5. kevindavid40 says: May 15, 2012 10:59 AM

    If I were Leinart I would be ecstatic to spend the next 8-10 years in the league as a backup. He’d have a nice 15+ year career with virtually no injuries to worry about.

  6. tennesseeoilers says: May 15, 2012 11:02 AM

    I never cared for Matt Leinart’s wanna-be Hollywood ego and was glad when my Titans drafted the biggest bust of the ’06 class instead of him. That said, every time I’ve seen Leinart play since then, he’s showed flashes of greatness, including his first and last start with the Texans (broken collar bone game). This guy will be a solid (if not Pro Bowl) NFL starter before he’s done.

  7. lolb23 says: May 15, 2012 11:06 AM

    Being ahead of the curve in Oakland translates to: he can throw a little better than the average street bum.

  8. skolvikesskol says: May 15, 2012 11:11 AM

    Everyone forgets he got hosed… Plain and simple… They all forget his production cuz denny green always had to be the star… Then he was unwanted by the new az staff and they went out of their way to underbuss him

  9. cincyalldaway says: May 15, 2012 11:13 AM

    WOW…Carson Palmer AND Matt Leinart!! It’s like Dumb and Dumber all over again. Remember the new team motto…”Just Suck Baby!! As usual!”

  10. JSpicoli says: May 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    I’ve never seen a higher pick have less desire to play, well Jamarcus, but that is it.

    Dude was glad his collar bone broke and the pressure was off. You could hear it in his interviews. This guy is all about the beer and chick circuit, which aint bad, but he is not any kind of a football player.

  11. phinfan says: May 15, 2012 11:27 AM

    Ahead of the curb is slang for im holding the clipboard already

  12. fordmandalay says: May 15, 2012 11:28 AM

    It’s tough to be an NFL great when your best passes were completed to a co-ed in a hot tub.

  13. joshmelder says: May 15, 2012 11:29 AM

    What exactly is ‘ahead of the curve’ when you’re a Raiders quarterback?

  14. matzahballz says: May 15, 2012 11:31 AM

    Coming out of college his biggest issue was commitment to football 100%, he wanted to consider acting later on. His best job so far, acting like he’s a NFL quarterback. Waste of space!

  15. mlenenski says: May 15, 2012 11:36 AM

    Maybe they can work him into a “Special Package” of plays…..and be a part of “Special Teams”.

    The fact is, he better be ready when Palmer goes down, which will happen.

  16. broncfanor says: May 15, 2012 11:37 AM

    steviekthr3e says: May 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    Why is this 2nd-stringer still in headlines?

    Grab a clipboard and shut up.

    ——————————————————

    Why not? The 2nd stringer/punt protector in NY is always in the headlines.

  17. rayguyreturns says: May 15, 2012 11:37 AM

    “phinfan says:
    Ahead of the curb is slang for im holding the clipboard already”
    ____________________________________
    “ahead of the curb” is what phin fans do just before they puke in the street on Saturday night.

    Maybe you should try to be “ahead of the curve” for once in your life.

  18. efriedo says: May 15, 2012 11:39 AM

    It’s funny how a guy can be judged for a party he had when he was 22. That being said, if you look at the picture, he still looks confused (or maybe hungover?)

    -And I’m a Raider fan (just for the record)

  19. citizenstrange says: May 15, 2012 11:41 AM

    How does Mel Kiper have a job?

    Mel Kiper writing for ESPN “Insider” —
    “The first weekend of the college football season is upon us and that means it’s time for my initial Big Board of the top 25 senior NFL prospects in the nation. These are the draft-eligible players most ready to make an impact on the next level.
    A USC player tops the list for the second year in a row with quarterback Matt Leinart following in the footsteps of his former target, wide receiver Mike Williams. A pair of Big Ten linebackers (Chad Greenway, A.J. Hawk), a running back and an offensive tackle round out the top five.”

    Jimmy Clausen as the fourth best player in the draft? Seriously?

    As quoted in a PFT article —
    But Kiper is sticking to his guns. “I had him as the fourth-best player,” Kiper said in a post-draft conference call. “That’s my rating. That’s my opinion, and I’ll stand by it. We’ll see what happens three years from now.”

    It must be great to have a job where you just spout off made up nonsensw and nobody calls you out on it.

  20. sourdough says: May 15, 2012 11:42 AM

    Being ahead of the curve on a team that hasn’t finished above .500 in nine consecutive seasons shouldn’t be too difficult…

  21. icardfan says: May 15, 2012 11:43 AM

    This guy has no accountability. In AZ he was given every chance but instead of working hard and studying hard he partied hard with hot, young Scottsdale girls who are even more shallow and self-centered than he is. He was seen hanging out with Jessica Simpon’s ex husband that boy band guy at 3am the day before a game that the Cardinals lost. I’ll never feel sorry for him and I hope he runs out of soft places to land.

  22. tatatoothy says: May 15, 2012 11:44 AM

    Matt Leinart throws one of the prettiest passes you’ll ever see … 6 yards past the line of scrimmage.

  23. radrntn says: May 15, 2012 11:45 AM

    thanks for your profound wisdom and input MDS. We are grateful that even he said one thing you knew what he really meant, and corrected what he really meant to say.

  24. tatum064 says: May 15, 2012 11:56 AM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    May 15, 2012 11:02 AM
    I never cared for Matt Leinart’s wanna-be Hollywood ego and was glad when my Titans drafted the biggest bust of the ’06 class instead of him. That said, every time I’ve seen Leinart play since then, he’s showed flashes of greatness, including his first and last start with the Texans (broken collar bone game). This guy will be a solid (if not Pro Bowl) NFL starter before he’s done.

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

    How did the Titans draft the biggest bust of 06, when he led them to a Wild Card appearance, still had more fourth quarter comebacks than Leinart did…Leinart was benched.

    Just be thankful you have Jake Locker. It couldve been FAR worse, Titan fan.

  25. thetwilightsown says: May 15, 2012 12:04 PM

    cincyalldaway says:
    May 15, 2012 11:13 AM
    WOW…Carson Palmer AND Matt Leinart!! It’s like Dumb and Dumber all over again. Remember the new team motto…”Just Suck Baby!! As usual!”

    __________________________________

    Gotta love these Cincy fans givin’ it their all – what else can you do when your team has never and will never be considered one of the greats?
    Now you’re hopes and dreams of avoiding embarrassment once again lie in praying that Carson’s performance last year will continue to be poor. Why? Because if he turns it around and plays well, you’ll have once again ish’d the bed!

    Look- don’t worry, Bungles. We’re certain to repeat our difficulties from last year. We have: A crazy ol’ coot running our team; a bunch of high-priced mediocre players; Carson Palmer coming off the couch again; a defensive system invented 40 years ago and a Muppett to coach it; and the Great Hubris Jackson coaching our tea-

    Wait. Oops. None of that is true. Oh, that’s right! Pretty much everything is different this year and pretty much nothing is the same – except that our uniforms still don’t have cartoon tiger stripes on them. Oh yeah, and our “genius” Head Coach is now… wait, what? He’s doing what for you guys? Assisting with the Defensive Backs and Special Teams? You’re kidding, right?
    Oh, Cincy. Just think- one day, when Mike Brown finally passes into the clearing ahead of the path, you too can experience what it feels like to have a complete culture shift. (Unfortunately, you won’t have any rings to look fondly back on when it happens, but hey… not every team can be iconic and global like the Raiders are – it’s just the way things are.) Any-hoooooo… gotta run. But just out of curiosity: How many years out would you say that is?

  26. lunarpie says: May 15, 2012 12:05 PM

    As a Raiders fan, I hope we DO NOT see Matt Leinart play at all this season. In my eyes, Carson Palmer is still under the microscope. The possibility of TP becoming the starter is not far away.

  27. lunarpie says: May 15, 2012 12:07 PM

    One more point, how did Greg Knapp get his job back. His offense was horrible. Last year the offense was coming together and now he’s back. This is one move that may haunt Reggie McKenzie.

  28. granadafan says: May 15, 2012 12:09 PM

    Leinart has already put his name on the guest lists of the fraterntity parties over at CAL in Berkeley.

  29. nflhof says: May 15, 2012 12:18 PM

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Raiders are getting ready to do battle with Matt Lienart. At least they didn’t trade away their future for their starting QB. Or maybe they did. Bring back Hue and Cable.

  30. lolb23 says: May 15, 2012 12:20 PM

    Still cannot believe Matt Millen passed on this guy.

  31. blancanieve00 says: May 15, 2012 12:21 PM

    Its really childish all the stupid comments that come from people grow up the Raiders are on the Rise and everybody knows it.

  32. thetwilightsown says: May 15, 2012 12:31 PM

    lunarpie says:
    May 15, 2012 12:07 PM
    One more point, how did Greg Knapp get his job back. His offense was horrible. Last year the offense was coming together and now he’s back. This is one move that may haunt Reggie McKenzie.

    _________________________________

    You do remember who was running that offense, right? C’mon man.
    Last year his offense was coming together because he had football players on his team, not wanna be Sizzurp Magnates. (or whatever the hell Jamungous decided he’d rather be than what he could have been.)
    Let’s have a little perspective here – we’re not Charger fans.

  33. humb0lt says: May 15, 2012 12:32 PM

    Leinart is perfect for the Raiders. Lots of talk followed by lots of failure.

  34. metalhead65 says: May 15, 2012 12:32 PM

    define plenty of opportunities, under denny green started and played well until he broke his collarbone. he never stood a chance with wiz who never wanted him. warner was given the job and it worked out for the cards but after he left? let’s see tell him you want no turnovers so he sticks with the short routes and you call him captain checkdown and he gives the job to derek anderson,how did that work out for you wiz.you guys have had it in for him at pft because he dared have a party in the off season and not invite you. oh and shockingly there may have been some sweet innocent college girls who were forced to attend and partake in alcohol consumption. something college kids never do right? hard to play if you never get the chance and break your collarbone when you do. I am sure he is laughing all the way to the bank over your constant personal attacks.

  35. slickster35 says: May 15, 2012 12:33 PM

    The faiders keep hauling in these guys no one else will touch with a ten foot pole.

    How long will RM last at this rate of failure? Knowing the faiders, for decades.

  36. ravenheath21 says: May 15, 2012 12:36 PM

    wow not one USC comment. Oakland USC north? Lienart backing up Palmer just like the old days.

  37. canetic says: May 15, 2012 12:37 PM

    “The Curve” must be Terrelle Pryor’s nickname

  38. bamasleeper13 says: May 15, 2012 12:45 PM

    One of the bigger wastes of a first round pick. He was always believing his own hype. Raiders better hope Carson doesn’t go down.

  39. commitment2excrement says: May 15, 2012 12:47 PM

    Ahead of the curve = Ahead of the wasted 3rd rd pick, who is better suited for TE, and recently had thoughts of quitting during his rookie year even before even finishing a complete season. Even a guy who spends his nights in hot tubs can be ahead of that curve.

  40. LoCoSu@%s says: May 15, 2012 12:52 PM

    His problem is durability, not ability

  41. screenpass says: May 15, 2012 12:54 PM

    Haters can hate all they want. The fact is, if you look across the league, you can certainly do a lot WORSE than Matt Leinart as your backup Quarterback.

    (Enjoy the Caleb Hanie Era Denver!)

  42. alaricsrevenge says: May 15, 2012 12:57 PM

    I’m sure he also thinks he’s in competition for the starting job too.

  43. AlohaMrHand says: May 15, 2012 1:04 PM

    Hire Norm Chow!!!

  44. villa41 says: May 15, 2012 1:05 PM

    @nflhof
    —————————

    Umm..the Raiders are getting ready to do battle with Carson Palmer (not Matt Leinart). Leinart is strictly the back-up, and that’s ok. Look around the league at the back-up QB situation. The Raiders could do far worse than Leinart. This isn’t Leinart, though. It’s all about Palmer.

    I’ll keep saying it until I can’t anymore. Palmer’s performance last year was very underrated. If you actually watched the games, then you would know this guy is still a very good NFL QB. He’s certainly not washed up. I’ll take him over anybody not named Rodgers, Brady, Manning (that’s Eli), or Brees.

    Too many people are just focusing on his interceptions last year. Six of them came in the first two games. He should not have really even played in those games, but there was no choice. Boller was a disaster. The job Palmer faced last year was huge in adjusting to a new team in mid season, learning the offense on the fly, and having his best weapons on offense (McFadden & most of the receiver corps) out every week.

    Considering all he had to deal with, Palmer played pretty well. Without him Oakland would not have even been in position to make the play-offs at the end of the season. In the end, poor defensive play cost the Raiders a play-off spot.

    I expect Palmer to play very well this season. He can make all the throws, read defenses, and make the necesary route progressions. Basically, he is a real NFL QB, not just a caretaker or someone you hope doesn’t screw things up. Palmer is a difference maker. The haters don’t want to admit that to themselves, but that’s the cold, hard truth.

  45. bigdaddybullwhip says: May 15, 2012 1:11 PM

    I gotta feeling Leinart will be the starter when the Raiders go to the Cincy in November. Don’t think Carson is looking forward to that game.

  46. gmen1987 says: May 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    Leinart cares more about being in a hot tub with silicon filled chicks than studying a playbook.

    OK, we all rather have the former, but when you are paid millions of dollars, you better concentrate on the latter.

  47. dubblelznhell says: May 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    Don’t understand why people gotta bag on Vince Young. He’s got a winning record as a starter. I think he’s like 32-18 or something like that. If you win 60+ percent of your games as a starter, I’d let you start every Sunday. He just rubbed the Titan fan base the wrong way and Jeff Fisher was probably sick of the media talking about Vince rather than him. Yes he can be a baby, and kid glove might be necessary. He wins games, though…

  48. effedinLA says: May 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    So this must mean he already knows where to stand in the huddle I guess. One up on Palmer right there.

  49. sfm073 says: May 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    Leinart did get a chance, but was it really a fair chance? He was a first and second year qb in Arizona and had a few decent games, since then how many starts has he had?

  50. mojodoa says: May 15, 2012 2:26 PM

    Haters gonna hate.

  51. hatesycophants says: May 15, 2012 2:38 PM

    Also, Kurt Warner is not a Hall of Famer.

  52. drjoemck says: May 15, 2012 3:58 PM

    Is Lienart aware that Knapp was the OC in Oakland as recently as 2010? Who does he think he is ahead of, Palmer? He could have 10 years in a system to Palmer’s 10 days, and he still couldn’t win the job.

  53. mullman7675 says: May 15, 2012 9:56 PM

    Leinart will be the #2 in Oakland, if he is lucky.

    I love the trolls who constantly post on RAIDERS news. They hate the RAIDERS more than they like their own team. It takes a special team to draw out those kind of emotions, and the RAIDERS are just that. I love being a RAIDERS fan. Al Davis was the man, the myth and now, the legend. Silver and Black- Just Win Baby

  54. raiderapologist says: May 15, 2012 10:30 PM

    cincyalldaway says: May 15, 2012 11:13 AM

    WOW…Carson Palmer AND Matt Leinart!! It’s like Dumb and Dumber all over again. Remember the new team motto…”Just Suck Baby!! As usual!”

    The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 21 years. Why are you talking?

  55. brianbosworthisstonecold says: May 16, 2012 12:12 AM

    That’s hot.

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