Case Keenum is struggling because Gary Kubiak is incapable of change

Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak (left) talks to quarterback Case Keenum (7) against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings Texans Fans!

Well, we’ve had Case Keenum under the gun for 5, well 4.5 games and he’s starting to fail.

The question is why?

One could point to the fact other teams know his strengths and weaknesses ,and are playing against those.

I could buy that.

Bum rush through the weak offensive line and give him little time while ensuring you set a free runner to catch him when he scrambles.

This we saw … it’s still hard to say … Jacksonville do to great effectiveness this past week. Case started out as a free throwing, backyard, make it up as you go QB who made plays happen and had no fear. Against Jacksonville, he looked hesitant and lost.

Is this really who he is? I would say no.

Look at the Kansas City game. Look how he played with confidence and strength. He didn’t know the offense as well as he does now and he wasn’t expected to play a certain way. He went out there guns blazing against the then first place Chiefs, and against the formerly hapless Jags he was frankly bad.

I could spend paragraphs on how the line collapsed at every turn, and how the line isn’t doing it’s job. The defense was exposing the lines weakness as if they had lined up J.J. Watt at every position, but that’s no excuse, because Case played badly.

But why?

I put the blame where it belongs. For eight years now we’ve watched Gary Kubiak’s system, and last year was its pinnacle.

A system game plan that demands the quarterback do ‘X,’ period. Sunday’s game explains why Matt Schaub was brought in against the Raiders. Kubiak was frustrated by Keenum not playing “the system.”

Kubiak can’t coach Keenum. He wants another Matt Schaub, a QB that is going to run the play as intended, good, bad or ugly. Which isn’t a bad system when everything is working, last year showed this. But the NFL knows the game now, couch coaches and defensive coordinators can almost call the next play when the Texans lineup.

Kubiak has a great mind, but it’s proven inflexible, incapable of making the adjustment based on personnel strengths. This is why he must go, and the sooner the better.

Looking at the college landscape, I don’t see a Schaub-style QB on the way up. Houston has given Gary everything that was possible, it wasn’t enough. He’s not going to change, so it’s time to change the team.

Bring in an aggressive, flexible coach and draft to play to the players strengths. Mobile lineman that can pass block and adjust on the fly would be a great start.

Top of the ticket is J.J. Watt’s replacement, because I don’t see him re-signing after next season and I don’t blame him. It’s a shame too.

I’ve been impressed with Gary Kubiak and I’ve defended him. However, after nine losses, with things getting worse it’s time to be honest.

The fans want to see success and progress. Fans want to be entertained by daring, not safe, move the chains for first downs and field goals play.

The bold get trophies, the meek get vacations.

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Topics: Case Keenum, Gary Kubiak, JJ Watt, Matt Schaub

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  • spursrchamps2007

    So here is my only issue with your article, the offense stopped working last year. Towards the end of last season the Texans collapsed, offensively it was run, run, pass third and long punt, especially after we had the lead. Kubiak micromanages to the point that its almost like hes trying to live vicariously through his QBs. They do X because he would do X, so if it works he thinks, “hey I did that.” What was it, about four years ago, when we had an actual OC the passing offense was top three in the league, and Im pretty sure we finished first one year in the pass. As soon as Kubiak took over our our passing numbers dropped significantly. Kubiak has need to go for awhile now, and the fact that even two weeks ago McNair was still praising him says something about the incompetence of the entire front office.

    • mrvicchio

      Oh I agree. The offense stopped working after the Patriots demolished them. Keenum showed signs of amazing, now he’s playing like Yates. Only explanation for that I could come with was Kubiaks coaching.

  • First Last

    Spot on assessment.

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