Texans must say goodbye to Schaub, Marciano and embrace Keenum


Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings Texans Fans!

We stand at the edge of hard choices. Going into the bye week the path forward is clear if the Texans want to make 2013 about coming together.  Even though they have fallen from on high in the AFC South, a fire is still burning in Reliant Stadium. This means saying goodbye to Matt Schaub.

He’s done right by the Texans since 2007 when Kubiak traded for a lowly backup from Atlanta. Schaub has been a boon for the team, the city and the people of Houston.

But this is also business, and business doesn’t allow for sentimentality. Right now the Texans have to pull out a miracle, and that miracle has a name. Case Keenum.

Last week he nearly lead the Texans to an improbable win over the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Kubiak needs to come out Monday and make it clear the Texans are moving in a new direction. I know it’s not fair to bench a starter based on an injury, but let’s be honest about where things stand.

Since the December 2012 shellacking by New England, Schaub has been subpar. He’s had 12 games to regroup, instead he’s regressing. Unless the game plan is to tank the season and make a run for “Johnny Football” Schaub’s time is over as the leader of the Texans.

Secondly, Kubiak needs to announce the retirement of one Joe Marciano. Has there been a less effective special teams coach in the NFL?  Take Jacoby Jones, failure in Houston, hero in Baltimore. Speed demon Trindon Holliday? Released for being ineffective, excels in Denver.

Now Keeshawn Martin has fallen by the wayside. Does Marciano have NSA Connections? Does he have compromising pictures of McNair and Kubiak?  He has failed three players, it is time to let him go.

Finally Gary Kubiak, Rick Smith, and Bob McNair need to sit down with JJ Watt and assure him the team is going to do everything to win. No holding back. I seriously fear JJ deciding the Texans aren’t serious about success and moving on. Next year is his last year under contract, players like him don’t come around often.

Keenum is mobile and not afraid to let it fly. This is what Houston needs. Save the draft picks for filling out other weak links, like the offensive line. Focus on making the Texans a feared high powered offense that can and will burn you in the air at will, while forcing you to respect the clock and yardage chewing ground game.

This is the paradigm shift required, Kubiak has to have the courage to make the call.

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