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Houston (CBS Houston)– A day after the 28-23 loss to the Oakland Raiders, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak took to the podium Monday to answer who will be the starting quarterback Nov. 24th against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Yeah, Case (Keenum) will start. I’ve got total confidence in him.”

Kubiak wasn’t on the sidelines as his reeling team endured their eighth consecutive loss; instead he was upstairs in the booth calling plays and benching quarterbacks after suffering a mini-stroke two weeks ago at Reliant.

Less was asked about his health this week and more on his ‘questionable’ call to bring back benched quarterback Matt Schaub as the Texans were trailing 28-17.

“I was really thinking about him (Keenum) to be honest with you,” Kubiak on benching Case Keenum. “I’ve been in this league for a long time and dealt with a lot of quarterbacks. I’m trying to develop one right now. Right or wrong, I made that decision because of the situation I thought I was fixing to put a young player in from my standpoint of what I was doing coaching wise. I don’t have time to explain that to y’all. That’s why I do what I did. He (Keenum) knows that. I talked to him about that.”

The benching of Case Keenum came after the undrafted free agent went 13 of 24 for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“As I told you guys yesterday, I made a decision during the course of the game  with something that I was fixing to do in the 4th quarter that I thought that would be very difficult on a young player,” Kubiak said. “That’s why I put Matt (Schaub) in there. He got us in position to win.”

Schaub hadn’t played since October 13th. He did recover after an injury sustained Week 6 but the Texans coaching staff decided to start Keenum Oct. 20 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Matt’s (Schaub) the same every day, he wants to play,” Kubiak said on Schaub’s reaction to not starting. “He wants to play. He wants to get back out there and play on a regular basis. That’s been no different from that standpoint. It just would have been nice if we could have finished the deal yesterday.”

Coach Kubiak was asked that if he had to make the decision to put Schaub in again would he do it?

“Yeah, I’d do it again because of why I did it,” Kubiak responded. “Was it the right…yeah, well at that time that’s what I wanted to do as a coach. I knew what I was fixing to do, calling that game and I didn’t want to put a young guy in a bad situation, who’s a young player for me. So I made that decision to go with Matt. So yes, I’d do it again.”

When Schaub entered the game the ‘boos’ were so bad that many players admitted that the offense had to run a silent-count. Kubiak insisted that he didn’t notice, however he admitted it later that the booing happened a couple times.

“No, I did not notice that because I was up in the booth, but that’s never been a problem here,” Kubiak said. “We shouldn’t have to do that. I know that we did do it for a few snaps. It’s not like we did it for the whole game.”

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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