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Matt Leinart: "I don’t feel like there’s anything to lose"

Posted Aug 26, 2013

Bills quarterback Matt Leinart talks with the media about signing with Buffalo, getting another chance to play, and his expectations.

QB Matt Leinart
August 26, 2013

Q: Did you get a kick out of the fact that Jeff Tuel said he saw you play in the Rose Bowl while he was in the stands as an eighth grader?
A: Yeah, it’s just crazy. I feel like this is my eight season and I said the same thing to Tyrone Wheatley; I was watching you when I was a little kid and he got mad at me. Tuel in 2006 was a youngster who went to the game. It’s fun to be in a new team and meet new guys. I remember being in Jeff’s shoes, a little bit different obviously, but just eight years ago.

Q: Were you starting to wonder when you would be picked up?
A: It was definitely a humbling experience this offseason. For me, I just really continued to work hard. I know I still have a lot of football left in me. This business, as you guys all know, is as crazy as it can be, especially at the quarterback position. You just never know what can happen, so my main focus was just to keep my head down, keep working, keep chipping away and hope for an opportunity. That’s all you can do. I was productive this offseason in California, just working out and staying in shape. I’ve been staying in shape all the way until the other day when I got the call. Obviously I know nothing is guaranteed, ever. But I’m just happy to be here and excited to play football. I was getting bored with the monotony, every day the same thing. It’s just exciting to be with the guys and just be playing. That’s what I’m most excited about.

Q: Is this all a little surreal, how all of this has come together?
A: That’s the thing, with football it’s crazy. I think he (Jeff Tuel) was undrafted and now all of the sudden he has potential to start Week One against New England. From what I’ve seen and I’ve been reading prior to even signing is he’s a talented player. He’s a smart kid and as long as I’m here I know I’ll help him out, at the same time competing and pushing each other. It’s just crazy. I told him in this league anything can happen; you always have to stay ready.

Q: What are your expectations?
A: It’s just learning the playbook as fast as I can. I have some relationship with Nate Hackett previously, not football, but I’ve known him for a while so that makes it a little easier. Just learning and knowing what type of coach he is. I’m just going to try and compete every day. I know I’m going to play Thursday night, so I’m excited about that opportunity. It’s just to go out there and play. Play ball and for me there’s not really at this point, I don’t feel like there’s anything to lose. That’s exciting for me because I’ve had a lot of pressure over the years and looking over my shoulder and different. In Arizona, whatever it was it was a long time ago. This year I’m just excited to be here obviously ad humbled and just thankful for the opportunity.