Many things were expected of Matt Leinart when he came out of USC and was taken as the tenth overall pick in the 2006 draft. Unfortunately for him things have not panned out as he expected.
Too much was expected of him and some players can not adjust to the NFL, especially when there is a lot of pressure on a player to make that adjustment.
Add on the fact that Leinart feels his being released had more to do with personal differences rather than his play on the field and you can begin to understand that maybe this was not the best environment for the guy to succeed.
Sometimes players do better when they have time to adjust without so much pressure being put on them.
One team that is really good at bringing young players along more slowly is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Being put into a situation where he is clearly not going to be the starter, behind Ben Roethlisberger, could ease that pressure and allow Matt to develop into the player most expected he could become.
I realize that some people will say this is ridiculous and it would never work, being that we already have Dixon vying for playing time as well as Leftwich and Batch. To that I would say, look at where that has gotten us.
Leftwich may have been a good back-up at one time, but his best years are behind him. As far as Dixon is concerned, he could become great but i feel he is best in situational play, not as a starter. And Batch will be gone soon... hence the Steelers are in need of a decent future back-up that they would not be so hesitant to start.
That leaves room for the development of another young QB. One who could become a valuable asset if given the time to develop correctly, in an environment that is conducive to that end.
Being that he was recently released from the Arizona Cardinals, now may be the time to consider such things. Remember, this is a player who will be playing to prove a lot of people wrong. A player on a mission who feels he has a lot to bring a team.
A team that is clearly in need of a solid back-up would be an ideal place, and Pittsburgh fits that mold.
I feel all it will take for Matt Leinart to develop into a winner would be a change of scenery, in a place where he will be given the time and support he needs to become the successful quarterback everyone expected he could become.
Just a little food for thought. Now tear me apart.
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