Should Case Keenum get to start 2nd preseason game?


Jul 26, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws a pass during training camp at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The play of Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the preseason opener left more questions than answers when it pertains to the offense of the Texans.

Is it time to start Case Keenum?

Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick

throws a pass in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Houston was the only team not to score a single point in their preseason opener, being shutout 32-0 by the Arizona Cardinals, who won 10 games last season. The Texans were an NFL-worst 2-14 one season ago.

Sure the Texans didn’t play Arian Foster, Andre Johnson or Andre Brown on the offensive side, but Fitzpatrick played for an entire half, and in my opinion played uninspired football under center.

I’ll give him a pass (kind of) on the first interception because it was tipped multiple times, but his passes were off and he didn’t play that well for a QB that has been in the league as long as he has.

I like Bill O’Brien as the Texans head coach, and I agree with him most of the time, but I completely disagreed with his decision to name Fitzpatrick at the start of mini camp.

The Texans starting QB is playing like he already has the starting job wrapped up, and I believe that is bad for the Texans.

Fitzpatrick finished the game (two quarters) 6-of-14 for 55 yards and two interceptions. Fitzpatrick also scrambled for 23 yards.

Now for his backup in Case Keenum, who started eight games for the Texans in ’13, he didn’t do much better, but he didn’t have as much around him as Fitzpatrick either.

Keenum was 3-of-5 for 29 yards with no interceptions.

Now here is the question … Should Keenum get a chance to play with the preseason first team just to see how he performs compared to Fitzpatrick in the second preseason game.

The Texans will play next Saturday night vs. the Atlanta Falcons.

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All I know is if the Texans QBs continue to play like this – preseason or not – the 2014 season will resemble the ’13 season where the Texans lost their final 14 games.

I don’t feel that this is an overreaction of the play at QB. It was that bad, it wasn’t pretty and it had to be the worst offensive performance of any team in the NFL in the first week of the preseason.

What are your thoughts?

So you think Keenum should get a start in one of the first three preseason games? Let us know your opinion.