When the topic of Matt Leinart came up during Gary Kubiak's session with reporters Saturday, the Houston Texans coach had some revealed some interesting opinions on the former top-10 pick turned backup.
Not only does Kubiak hope Leinart makes his way back as a starter, he believes the 28-year-old has qualities necessary to lead an NFL team.
"First off, I think heâs a leader," Kubiak told reporters. "Heâs got that 'it' factor that people seem to gravitate to. I know what he's going through as a quarterback. Iâve had some that have been through that process before.
"It's tough to be successful in this league, but I watched his confidence come back last year and I watched how our team reacted when he would go in when Matt (Schaub) missed a little time or something, he would go and practice or do whatever. They never wavered and I see that going on in practice right now. It's fun, I hope he gets his career going again and plays 10 or 12 years and comes back as a starter. Thatâs what we all want for him."
A humbled Leinart hasn't given up his stance that he can still be a starter. Apparently, Kubiak agrees after seeing Leinart up close for the past year, and hopes he can revive his career.