The right choice: Texans starting Case Keenum vs. Jaguars


Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) attempts a pass during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

One day following possibly the worst decision of the season by Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, he came back to make one of his best decisions of the year by saying Keenum will remain the starting quarterback for the team.

In his Monday press conference, Kubiak said:

"“Case (Keenum) will start. I’ve got total confidence in him. As I told you guys yesterday, I made a decision during the course of the game with something that I was fixing to go do in the fourth quarter that I thought that would be very difficult on a young player. So that’s why I put Matt (Schaub) in there and he got us in position to win. But no, Case will start. I’ve talked to both of them.”"

I still don’t see why he changed a strategy so much during a game, as to where he had to change a quarterback, but I don’t get paid to be a head coach either. All I know is Bill Belichick never benched a young Tom Brady in the second half for making mistakes. He let his young QB work through his problems and the rest was history.

I’m not saying Keenum is the next Brady or anything close to that, but even Tony Romo was (and still is) allowed to make mistakes, but work through them. It is time to see what you have in Keenum now, because come the May draft this team better know everything there is about Keenum.

Kubiak also spoke about the Texans’ third quarter problems during the Monday press conference:

"“We’ve got team problems in the third quarter, big time. Yesterday, in the third quarter, we don’t move the ball a lick and defensively, give up some big plays in the pass game and the run game.”"

He then went on to say about Keenum’s third quarter problems:

"“I think if he goes and runs the same play tomorrow, he’s going to make that play. But he’s a growing young player and has to go through some of things for them to become second-nature to him.”"

Now here is where I have a problem, no, I’m more confused than anything.

Kubiak said Keenum has to go through some things to become second nature to him, but he benched him for making mistakes?

Answer this … how does he “get through” the mistakes if he’s sitting on the bench? It just makes no sense. That’s all.

At least Kubiak came to his senses Monday and named Keenum the starter for Sunday’s game. Maybe this week he’ll let Keemum continue to work on becoming an NFL quarter all four quarters … on the field, and not on the sideline.