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
As I’ve written earlier this week, the Houston Texans need to stay with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback after this bye week just to see what can happen with this team.
Texans head coach, when asked Monday about Matt Schaub returning as the starting quarterback if his injury is healed up said:
"“I’ve got to sit down and look at our situation and what’s going on right now. Obviously, Matt’s our starting quarterback. Case (Keenum) play this week because Matt wasn’t healthy. Case went in and played extremely well. I’m going to sit down, we’re on a bye week, I’m going to evaluate where we’re at as a team and move forward form there.”"
He then said about Keenum:
"“Well, I was impressed with what he did. I would say that. To go into Kansas City in that environment, that noise, and to handle the football team the way he handled it, I thought was impressive.”"
Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans injured quarterback Matt Schaub before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
All I’m saying is even if Schaub is healthy the Texans have to give Keenum another start.
The Texans were going nowhere fast, they are 2-5 overall, with Schaub under center. Schaub had six games to prove he still deserved the spot, and quite frankly he didn’t prove his worth in those games.
Keenum is a young guy who, though he didn’t get a win (the Texans lost to the Chiefs, 17-16), he did give the Texans a spark offensively without having Arian Foster in the backfield for a majority of the game.
If Kubiak doesn’t give Keenum another start just to see what that potential is, well he might be signing his own release from the team at the end of the season as well, especially if Schaub would comeback and play like he has most of the season.
With this bye week, Kubiak and the Texans are at a crossroad.
One direction they pretty much know what they are going to get in Schaub. The other direction with Keenum, following one one start and a bit of a spark … there is so much unknown with Keenum I’d be hard-pressed to pass up on that opportunity.
Now whichever direction the Texans decide, that is all on Kubiak. Let’s hope he makes the right decision.