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"Despite my relationship with Pete, I had to put that aside and really do what was best for me, in the big picture," Leinart said. "This is the best thing for my career, to be here, to learn and improve and get better under this great coaching we have here.
"It just made more sense for me to be here. It turned out to be an easy choice."
On Thursday, Leinart zipped a perfect pass to fullback James Casey down the sideline. He rolled left and overthrew tight end Owen Daniels on another play, but was on a target with an off-balance throw to receiver Dorin Dickerson later in practice.
"He's a smart guy and he's really learning," Schaub said of Leinart. "It's fun to work with him. It's just the little things in our offense that he's got to pick up on and the nuances. But he's doing well."
Kubiak says Leinart will play "a great deal" in Monday's preseason opener against the New York Jets.
"He's confident and he knows our offense," Kubiak said. "He believes this offense suits him, so you see that confidence and it's exuded every day in practice. I think we're all excited as a team. We've got so much confidence in our starter. But I think, right now, the team says, `Hey, if something happened, we know we can keep moving forward because of the way he's practicing and the way he leads this group.'"
Leinart is still only 28, and he's encouraged by the success of Warner, Aaron Rodgers and Steve Young -- veterans who had to wait their turns before emerging as stars. He's focused on daily improvement, and maintains his belief that his best NFL days are still in front of him.
"Guys have taken so many different routes in their careers," he said. "Every way is different, and you never know what's going to happen. For me, I just know that my opportunity is going to come."
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