Leinart takes a step back with Texans

While his 2006 draft mate Vince Young is busy explaining (???) his dream team comments, Matt Leinart has other worries as he tries to nail down the second-string quarterback job for the Houston Texans.

Leinart, in Coach Gary Kubiak's own words, took a bit of a step back Saturday night against the New Orleans Saints, completing just 8 of 19 passes for 69 yards and a passer rating of 55.1.

The previous week against the New York Jets, Leinart was 8 of 14 for 78 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

"Matt (Schaub) didn't play the way he's capable of playing," coach Gary Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle. "He didn't seem as comfortable as he did the first week."

Kubiak even thought he might have asked too much from the former Heisman Trophy winner.

"I went back and looked at what I had him doing. Was I maybe asking him to do too much? He started very sharply, but he didn't throw the ball where I'd like him to go with it. He knows he can play better.”
It sounds as if Leinart will get plenty more chances against San Francisco and Minnesota in the final two preseason games.

"He'll play some (at San Francisco on Saturday) and a great deal against Minnesota (Sept. 1). He's got to be ready to be sharp if something happens to Matt. I think he's very capable of doing that."

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