Houston (CBS Houston)– Quarterback Case Keenum made his NFL debut and the first start of his career, Sunday as the Chiefs handed the young quarterback and his team a fifth straight loss, 17-16.
Keenum shared his thoughts on his performance, Tuesday afternoon.
“We still lost and there are still three or four plays that make the difference, that go the other way,” Keenum said. “That’s just how football is. We know that. That’s why we prepare so hard to get that inch of what we need when it comes down to it.”
Keenum recorded 271 yards passing which is the most ever by a Texans quarterback in their first start. Even with the team record he still sees that there is plenty room for self-improvement.
“I’ve looked at it purely, with a very critical eye I guess you could say just watching film and seeing what I can do better,” Keenum said. “That’s what I do when I watch film. I try to learn from what I did well and keep doing that, but, for me, a lot of it’s focusing on what I can do to get better.”
Keenum was named the starter against the Kansas City Chiefs because Matt Schaub was injured and unable to play. Head coach Gary Kubiak said on Monday that Schaub is still the team’s starting quarterback.
“I’ve got to sit down and look at our situation and what’s going on right now,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, Matt’s our starting quarterback. Case (Keenum) played this week because Matt wasn’t healthy. Case went in and played extremely well. I’m going to sit down, we’re on a bye week, I’m going to evaluate where we’re at as a team and move forward form there. So I’m going to do that everywhere, not just at the quarterback position, I’ll do that at every place.”
Keenum said that no matter what Kubiak’s call is on who will be the starting quarterback, he’ll spend his bye week getting better.
“I’m going to use every day to get better, whether that’s resting my mind for a few days, trying to re-group and get ready to move forward or getting some more extra film in,” Keenum said. “And learning from past, mistakes and getting ready to play the Colts.”
Keenum connected with rookie DeAndre Hopkins for his first NFL touchdown pass of his career and said that he’s getting ready to play like he has every week.
“I’m anticipating getting out there and playing again. Getting ready to go in that way,” Keenum continued. “In my mind, like I said, it’s been the same thing every week preparing to play. Right now, we’re still kind of looking back a little bit, watching cutups from the previous seven weeks. Just still trying to get better. Moving forward from now, it’s still focusing on us. I just need to work on being the best quarterback I can be.”
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