This week Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak told the media that he really isn’t sure about Matt Schaub’s health and that he will prepare Texans’ backup quarterbacks, TJ Yates and Case Keenum, to play this Sunday vs. the Chiefs.
Keenum is 3rd string but all throughout training camp and the preseason the battle and the buzz was how good Keenum is and how much he has progressed.
If there is one thing in this world Keenum is meant to do, it’s to pass the ball. In five years of college football, at the University of Houston, Keenum passed for a college football record 155 touchdowns and a record 1,546 completions. Keenum has shown an ability to find the open receiver. This preseason Keenum completed 43 passes with 3 touchdowns.
Rarely did Keenum have the luxury to throw to an Andre Johnson outside of practice. Keenum was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2012 which was a great year for quarterbacks, while Keenum was and is no Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson, he is still very worthy of a shot. He has had 2 years in this system learning under Matt Schaub and TJ Yates, and while ultimately Keenum could not be the answer, we can’t rule him out until he has his chance.
With the current state of the Texans the need is for someone who can inject buzz and excitement to the team as well as make the plays. Keenum could be the reset button the Texans need to restart the season.
This quote from Head Coach Gary Kubiak back in August from the Houston Culturemap on Keenum will make you feel warm and fuzzy if indeed he gets a shot this week. “He’s just got a little swagger to him when he plays,” Kubiak says. “And that’s the way he played in college. I mean, he’s very confident. Doesn’t get caught with the ball. As a coach, you call a bad play and he can make it a good one. That’s just what he can do.”
Many times this season Kubiak has taken the blame for Matt Schaub errors by saying the play call was bad and that the blame should be with him, the head coach, not the quarterback. Well, why not take a chance on a guy who can take those coaching mistakes and make them into successes like Kubiak says Keenum can do. Isn’t that the guy you want as your QB?
Tweet writer Josh Reese
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