Leinart: Not rejoining Pete Carroll was best for his career

Matt Leinart is confident he will be a starting quarterback in the NFL but he chose not to reunite with college coach Pete Carroll in Seattle where his competition for the starting job would have been Tarvaris Jackson.

Instead, Leinart re-signed with the Houston Texans where he isn’t going to play unless starter Matt Schaub is injured.

I did what was best for me, and this is the best fit for me, by far,” Leinart told the Associated Press. “I still want to be a starter, that's my goal. I'm still young. I've still got a lot of ball left.”

It’s interesting Leinart would evaluate the situation that way when you consider he was 37-2 as a starter at USC playing under Carroll. Leinart bombed out as a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals.

Now, he’s hoping to improve while he awaits his opportunity.

"I've taken a different path, obviously," he said. "I have some starting experience. I've played well, at times, and there are times when I've struggled. It's all part of the maturation process."

"It's been a roller-coaster ride, but my career goal is always to be a starter. 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.

"Despite my relationship with Pete, I had to put that aside and really do what was best for me, in the big picture. This is the best thing for my career, to be here, to learn and improve and get better under this great coaching we have here. It just made more sense for me to be here. It turned out to be an easy choice.”

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