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By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
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Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Texans are taking time to “evaluate” where the team is and where they are headed as they sit (2-5) on their bye week.

CBS NFL analyst and former quarterback Boomer Esiason joined ‘In The Loop’ Friday morning and told SportsRadio 610 that quarterback Case Keenum’s performance last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs will make head coach Gary Kubiak’s choice a ‘tough’ one in picking a starting quarterback.

“Something significant happened down there in Houston and that is that Matt Schaub got injured and now they have a chance to look at a guy like Case Keenum,” Esiason said.  “And if Keenum continues doing what he’s doing and brings that spark to the team I don’t think Gary has much of a choice here. This is a very tough spot for Gary”

Esiason said he was impressed with Case’s performance and that the young quarterback gave the Texans a chance to win.

“That’s all you can ask for,” Esiason said. “One of the reasons why Bill Belichick stayed with Tom Brady back in 2001 as opposed to going back to Drew Bledsoe when he came back from injury was because he recognized the rest of the team had to play better to support a younger quarterback. This is the same situation that Houston is in right now.”

Esiason also thinks Schaub’s contract might play a big role in choosing a starter.

“There is a contract situation that’s very interesting with Matt Schaub,” Esiason said. “He’ll receive 10-million dollars next year and then they were telling us behind the scenes last week kind of investigating his contract, that there is a one-million dollar per game roster bonus that he would receive. That means that they (Texans) would have to give him 26-million dollars next year.”

As the Texans get ready to host the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday, Nov. 3; Esiason had one piece of advice for the Texans as they look for their starting quarterback.

“There’s still a lot of football to be played and to try to figure out what they’re going to be doing in the draft at this point, I think would be a little premature.”

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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