HOUSTON, TX —
Texans coach Gary Kubiak was hoping Case Keenum would provide a spark for the team when he chose to start him against the Chiefs. He did. Kubiak couldn’t, with any reasonable justification, turn back to Matt Schaub. Case Keenum will start over the struggling Schaub, who, will serve as the team’s backup. Kubiak says Schaub is healthy enough to play, but chose Keenum because of his performance against the Chiefs.
Fans have been clammoring for a Schaub benching since last season’s divisional round playoff loss to the Patriots. Kubiak talked about Schaub’s reaction to the benching. “Obviously disappointed, which, I wouldn’t expect anything else.”
Keenum was 15/25 for 271 and a touchdown with no interceptions against the Chiefs. He was sacked 5 times, fumbling twice, and losing one. However, it was clear from the very beginning that the moment was not too big. Keenum did what he became known for at the University of Houston: making plays. He threw the deep ball with accuaracy, escaped pressure and commanded the huddle. Despite the one point loss, the quarterback position finally seemed to be a strength. Keenum’s first start came on the road in the loudest stadium in the world, without Arian Foster for most of the game or his starting tight end, Owen Daniels. It begs the question: What happens when the conditions are more favorable Sunday Night? Kubiak is willing to see.
The Texans play on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 7:30PM Sunday.
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