Houston Texans: Why Not Case Keenum?

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Case Keenum had a good game on Saturday night versus the Dolphins. He had a good game two weeks ago against the Minnesota Vikings. He's been good enough that there's been some thinking coming from Texans camp that Keenum might be the team's second-string quarterback to open the season. And this has some people scared.

People like the Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon, who stated on Friday that there's a reason that Keenum wasn't drafted, that Kubiak is flirting with disaster for the team, and that going with an untested backup for the most important position on the team is insanity. The Texans can't win with Keenum is what he's getting at because Keenum's not an NFL-caliber quarterback. And unless the Texans have a tested NFL vet as Matt Schaub's backup, the season is doomed.

The thinking's understandable because there's just no chance that a team can win with a lousy backup quarterback. The Packers are toast if Aaron Rodgers goes down. How good will the New Orleans Saints be if Drew Brees is knocked out for the season? Cowboy fans complain about Tony Romo, but think about how bad the Cowboys will be if he's not around.

The fact of the matter is that most NFL teams have awful second-string quarterbacks. How else was Rex Grossman able to stick around so long? Chad Henne's so bad that he can't even beat out Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville, yet he would be quickly snapped up by some other team to become its backup QB. Hell, Vince Young's even getting another chance, so desperate are the Packers to find someone to fill in for Rodgers. So to worry about the Texans having the inexperienced, undrafted Keenum as the back-p to Schaub is understandable.

But the concerns about Keenum seem misplaced. Sure he's inexperienced. But Tom Brady was an unheralded, second year, former sixth round draft choice with no regular season experience when he stepped in for the injured Drew Bledsoe and drove the Patriots to their first Super Bowl triumph. How much experience did the un-drafted Tony Romo have when he took over for the Cowboys. Does anyone remember the grinding of teeth in St. Louis when Arena League vet Kurt Warner replaced the injured Trent Green? And how much NFL game experience did T.J. Yates have when he replaced Matt Leinart, who replaced Matt Schaub, and took the Texans to the playoffs?

Tom Brady's current backups are Ryan Mallett, who has thrown exactly four regular season passes, and Tim Tebow. The backup to Drew Brees is the immortal Luke McCown, the guy who lost a job to Blaine Gabbert. Peyton Manning's backup is someone named Brock Osweiler, and his brother Eli's backup is some guy named David Carr -- yes, that David Carr.

Those are the good teams. Think of what the backup QBs are like on the bad teams. And there are other teams out there who don't even have a legit starting quarterback, much less a good backup. The Jags start Blaine Gabbert. The New York Jets are probably giving Matt Sanchez another go at it.

So maybe Case Keenum backs up in Houston. So what if he wasn't drafted? So what if he's on the short side for quarterbacks -- Brees is also a bit on the short side. But unlike Schaub, Keenum can hit a receiver in stride on a deep route, and yes, Keenum can throw a deep ball, as anybody who watched UH football can attest. So what if Keenum doesn't have any NFL experience?

There are people who think Keenum isn't good enough to back up Schaub. These are also probably the same people who didn't think Yates was good enough to take over for Schaub and screamed in delight when aging retreads Jake Delhomme and Jeff Garcia were brought in to sit on the bench behind Yates because Yates didn't have any experience. Yes, the Texans will be in trouble if Schaub is injured. So will every other team in the NFL if its starter is injured, except for maybe the Jets and Jaguars.

It's one thing to think that Keenum shouldn't be backup because he's not good enough. Because he lacks the talent or the ability to play the position. But his lack of experience or his having not been drafted shouldn't really play into the equation because most of the guys playing quarterback in the NFL, they didn't have any experience either when they first played quarterback in the NFL.


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gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Schaub is a statue; if a play breaks down he's either going to throw the ball at the turf, or take a sack. He has ZERO lateral movement, and just stands there taking the hit. We can do better, and a younger QB while less experienced is more apt to make plays happen off the cuff. Schaub won't change, and we're looking at another first round playoff loss.

TexansforKeenum
TexansforKeenum

By Thomson Reuters at globalpost.com.

"QB Case Keenum. Coach Gary Kubiak insisted throughout the offseason program that Keenum had made dramatic improvement and would push T.J. Yates, a three-year veteran, for the backup job behind Matt Schaub. Keenum, who spent his first season on the practice squad, has been better than anyone could have imagined. He's been playing like a seasoned veteran. He makes good decisions. He's accurate. He's got good arm strength despite being just short of 6-1. He's a natural leader who is liked and respected by his teammates. He may not win the backup job this season, but he's playing so well the Texans will have to keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster."

Read it carefully and try to figure out why you are an idiot.

TexansforKeenum
TexansforKeenum

It's really hard to believe that so many writers ignoring or trying to ignore facts and rational logics are given an authorization to post articles that can get people mistaken. He's been proving himself as an NFL caliber QB while this guy is saying he's not good enough. He's just as stupid as Solomon. You guys are just haters with no strong backup data.

TexansforKeenum
TexansforKeenum

It's really hard to believe that so many writers ignoring or trying to ignore facts and rational logics are given an authorization to post articles that can get people mistaken. He's been proving himself as an NFL caliber QB while this guy is saying he's not good enough. He's just as stupid as Solomon. You guys are just haters with no strong backup data.

Erickson Ernest
Erickson Ernest

I can't stand Jerome Solomon. What a near sighted windbag!

John Archer
John Archer

with is mobility and looks like he has an idea once there is pressure is something to consider

triggerbitch
triggerbitch

 "But unlike Schaub, Keenum can hit a receiver in stride on a deep route, and yes, Keenum can throw a deep ball..."

This is where your argument doesn't hold water and where you lose a lot of credibility. You've got the part about Keenum correct, but your assessment of Schaub sounds like the typical uninformed "die-hard Texans fan." 

We all know that Schaub does not have a particularly strong arm by NFL standards, and that he waned in the closing weeks of last season. yet last year alone, Schaub had the 6th highest completion percentage among NFL QBs and has produced similar accuracy throughout his career. The notion that he can't hit a receiver in stride at a reasonable distance is simply asinine.

But I get it... you probably don't like how "Schaub looks on the sidelines," and don't think "he's a leader in the huddle." 

And let me guess – two years ago, you probably wanted to cut Kareem Jackson. You also probably pissed on Jacoby Jones' lawn, then called the Texans idiots for cutting him after last year's run by the Ravens.

Keenum may have it. he may be heir apparent. But he has yet to take the field in a regular season NFL game. Idiot!


triggerbitch
triggerbitch

"But unlike Schaub, Keenum can hit a receiver in stride on a deep route, and yes, Keenum can throw a deep ball..."

This is where your argument doesn't hold water and where you lose a lot of credibility. You've got the part about Keenum correct, but your assessment of Schaub sounds like the typical uninformed "die-hard Texans fan." 

We all know that Schaub does not have a particularly strong arm by NFL standards, and that he waned in the closing weeks of last season. Last year alone, Schaub had the 6th highest completion percentage among NFL QBs and threw for the 11th most yards. The notion that he can't hit a receiver in stride at a reasonable distance is simply asinine.

But I get it... you probably don't like how "Schaub looks on the sidelines," and don't think "he's a leader in the huddle."

jaws529
jaws529

Well said, Keenum is proving himself on the field, not with any talk whatsoever. The guy has got it. Just because I am UH alum does not mean i am solely blind and biased. I want the Texans to win, and this guy is winning.

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