No regrets for Leinart; McNabb vents and fits for T.O.
Posted: Thursday February 2, 2006 1:24PM; Updated: Thursday February 2, 2006 9:59PM
Matt Leinart was very candid in an appearance for Sprint in Detroit.
DETROIT -- Matt Leinart made the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl in a span of less than four weeks, and for my money the USC quarterback did himself proud in both settings.
Leinart came in for a promotional appearance with Sprint, but at this point, with the NFL Draft less than three months away, he's really in the business of promoting himself and what he could bring to the franchise that sinks millions into his potential.
"With what I've accomplished as a quarterback, I just think I've got a will to win,'' Leinart said, when asked what he would tell an NFL team. "I'm a great leader. I just have a passion for winning. I've lost two games in my college career. I have the will to win, the passion to win.''
Despite USC's loss to Texas in the national championship game, Leinart said he has no regrets about not turning pro last year, when he would have been the consensus No. 1 pick. This year, he is being projected to go either No. 2 to New Orleans or No. 3 to Tennessee.
And if he "slips'' to the Titans, whose offensive coordinator is Norm Chow, his former offensive coordinator with the Trojans?
"If it were to happen like that, and I'd be reunited with Coach Chow, it'd be cool,'' he said, sounding every bit the Southern California kid. "But like I've been saying, whatever team takes me, it'll be an honor.''
Leinart deftly sidestepped questions about his perceived lack of arm strength, saying, "It's something I don't really pay attention to. I have critics. Everybody has critics. But I know what I can do as a quarterback.''
Speaking of quarterbacks, it was to Leinart's credit that he didn't climb into the debate over whether he or Texas' Vince Young is more ready to play in the NFL.
"He's just a freakish athlete,'' Leinart said of Young, whom he has befriended. "He's the same height as me, but just big and fast. Who knows if he's [going to be taken] ahead of me? We'll just have to see what happens.''
And for the record, no, he hasn't watched an entire replay of the Rose Bowl, which the Longhorns won 41-38 on Young's 8-yard scoring run with 19 seconds remaining, ending USC's 34-game winning streak.
"I actually just watched the film the other day, kind of analyzing and critiquing it,'' he said. "But I didn't even watch the last two series. I just ended it that way.''