Houston Texans still undecided for Week 17 QB


Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) under center during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Who will be the Houston Texans starting quarterback for the regular season finale is still a mystery, as interim head coach Wade Phillips implied they still had not made a decision.

Phillips said:

"“I think Thursday, when we start throwing the ball around and see how Case (Keenum) is, and see how he is on Friday after throwing the ball a lot on Thursday, we’ll get a better idea.”"

The interim head coach also spoke about the possibility of T.J. Yates being the Week 17 starter when the Texans play at Tennessee:

"“Not right now. Both of the other guys have played a whole lot and I think, going into the last game, they gave us the best opportunity. It just would be hard for T.J. to come in after not playing any the whole year.”"

My hope is for Week 17 that Keenum can come out and give it a go for the Texans. Schaub has had many opportunities to prove he’s still worth starting, and quite frankly playing Schaub over Keenum (if Keenum is healthy) make zero sense.

I’d rather just play Yates and see what happens, than have Schaub as the starter after seeing his body of work this season.

Keenum is still battling his sprained thumb (he was inactive last Sunday), but Phillips did say about Tuesday’s practice:

“It was a walkthrough. We actually alternated the two quarterbacks, but it was a walkthrough and they really weren’t throwing the ball that much.”

A loss  to the Tennessee Titans wraps up the No. 1 overall pick for the Texans and a win could put that pick in jeopardy depending on the results of the Washington Redskins and a win by the Texans.

My guess is whomever the QB is the weekend, the Texans will end 2013 with 14 consecutive losses.