Houston Texans Links: Thursday Roundup


Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) passes the ball during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 25-3. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday for the Houston Texans had possibly some of the worst news of the season with running back Ben Tate being placed on the injured reserve list with two games remaining after suffering his fifth broken rib.

I’ll write in more detail later today my thoughts on Tate and his 2013 season, but I’ll say right now if that was in fact his last game as a Texans player … “thank you for all the heart and effort during the lost 2013 season.”

Here is an article about Tate from House of Houston, saying:

"“Tate fought his way throughout the season, never missing one game due to his injury. He had just three games where he rushed for over 80 yards, including a 102-yard 3-touchdown performance against the New England Patriots.”"

Though Tate didn’t have the best numbers in the NFL, he proved he is capable of being a starting running back in the NFL.

Here is a story from the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Texans blog about Matt Schaub becoming the starting quarterback this week, replacing the injured Case Keenum.

Dale Robertson wrote:

"“The Texans have lost 12 in a row, one of the longest skids ever in the NFL, and he lost his job weeks ago. But still he said, ‘I’m looking forward to going out there and having fun with my teammates.'”"

Playing the Denver Broncos this Sunday, the No. 1 team in the AFC, I don’t know how much fun Schaub and his teammates will be having this weekend.

Here is an article from Tania Ganguli of ESPN about how high should the Texans draft a QB or at all.

She wrote:

"“Players like left tackle Duane Brown and receiver Andre Johnson acknowledged that Case Keenum was going through a rough patch. They expressed their belief that he would get through it and they talked about what they could do to help.”"

I wrote earlier this week that I don’t believe Keenum is the guy to lead them to the playoffs or even the Super Bowl, but I guess we’ll eventually see.