Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will be back in action after collapsing on the field in week nine but his team’s season is not going to bounce back as quickly, as a result team management should be embracing the Case Keenum story.
At 2-7 the playoffs are nothing but a distant dream for the Houston Texans this year. The season has been disappointing in just about every way imaginable for this group, remember they were supposed to be a top Super Bowl contender this year. The defense has not been as stout as experts envisioned it would be, and the offense has lost Arian Foster to injury. Quarterback Matt Schaub was benched after becoming famous for throwing a pick six nearly every week, only to have backup TJ Yates prove to be even less effective.
And then Case Keenum entered the picture, the third string QB has sparked this offense to producing like it had failed to do with either Schaub or Yates under center. Despite the emergence of a new and more effective vertical offense, Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans remain noncommittal about keeping Case Keenum as the team’s starter moving forward.
“He has to continue to play well to stay in there,” Kubiak said adding that Schaub is “playing really hard” and wants his old job back.
That just doesn’t make sense. Kubiak and the Texans front office should be jumping for joy that they have a player such as Keenum to keep the fan base excited in a season that has been nothing short of a disaster.
A hometown hero, the 25 year old Keenum was born in Abilene, Texas and later would have a record-setting collegiate career at the University of Houston. A promising player coming out of college, Keenum would go undrafted after a terrible combine performance. That’s when the Texans gave him a chance.
After all the twists and turns this season has taken for the Houston Texans, they suddenly have a local hero starting at quarterback. If Gary Kubiak plans on keeping his coaching job in Houston moving forward, Case Keenum is just the man to man he should learn to love.
Despite an 0-3 record as a starter, Keenum has been solid week in and week out. Just look at his 105.1 quarterback rating as evidence, Matt Schaub’s rating is just 78.8. Keenum has also thrown for seven touchdowns so far without throwing an interception. Not bad for a guy in his first professional action.
If Gary Kubiak is just trying to keep the motivational fire burning in Case Keenum, then it’s fine to say that Schaub is gunning for his job, however there should be little question at this point as to who the Houston Texans quarterback should be moving forward. Everyone loves a local hero, it’s time to fully embrace this story if you’re Houston Texans management, it’s really the only bright spot for them this season.