Quarterback Matt Leinart, hasn’t taken a meaningful regular-season snap since 2009 while he was with the Arizona Cardinals.
Now that Matt Schaub is out for the Texans, Leinart will be running the Texans offense. According to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans believe their running game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate can help Leinart out.
“We’ve got a trio of awesome backs,” Leinart said. “The effectiveness of our running game is obviously a great luxury to have. I have the mindset that I don’t have to go in there and be a hero week in and week out. I’ve just got to get us in the right situations, make the right check-downs and let (the backs) move the chains as much as they can. It’s a great situation for me to come into.”
With Foster and Tate — both in the NFL’s rushing top 10 and on track for 1,000-yard seasons — the Texans were a throwback team before Schaub suffered the foot injury against Tampa Bay on Sunday that probably ended his season. Schaub aired it out with the best of them — because he had to — but this season he attempted 53 fewer passes than the average of the nine QBs who have thrown for more yards.
The Texans are on bye this week so Leinart has an extra week to prepare.