Texans Name Case Keenum Starting QB Sunday at Kansas City

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Our feature story on Keenum while still at UH.
Gary Kubiak is a pretty deliberate dude. The last big risk he took was probably switching from a razor with two blades to one with three. You never know when that third blade might reach out and cut ya'.

But on Thursday, he did something I don't think many people saw coming. He took a chance on second-year QB Case Keenum, naming him the starter over Matt Schaub, who is out with a leg injury (and likely emotional trauma), and previous No. 2 T.J. Yates, who decided to do his best Schaub imitation in the second half against the Rams and throw his own pick six.

There have been a number of stories written here about Keenum, including our feature story about his college career, injury and struggle to get an extra year of eligibility. He surpassed virtually every throwing record at the University of Houston and has impressed coaches this season despite making the team as an unrestricted free agent before last season.

Keenum may not have a ton of experience, but he has all the physical tools to be a good quarterback in the NFL. He's a natural leader and a student of the game. Now that I got those clichés out of the way, let's focus on the fact that he is being thrown into the fire against perhaps the best defense in football on their home turf, which happens to be one of the loudest stadiums in the world. Not exactly a conducive atmosphere for success.

But Kubiak's hand was forced when Schaub was ruled out of the game. Yates played terribly last week and all indications are he was chosen as the backup this season over Keenum simply because he had in-game experience.

For fans of Keenum and fans who think the Texans simply need a change, this is a welcome sight. But for everyone who thinks it will be awesome to have a backup -- let alone a third-string backup -- take over, I remind you of people like Bucky Richardson and Cody Carlson and, more recently, Sage "Rosencopter" Rosefels. While there are certainly a handful of notable cases of backups taking over and taking off (Tom Brady chief among them), the odds are high Keenum will fail and they are increased by the fact his first game is at KC.

Still, as Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day said when he finally escaped the hell of repeating the same day over and over, "Anything different is good." At 2-4, the Texans can't really lose. Either they find out Keenum is their future at the QB spot -- or at least a reasonable facsimile -- or he sucks too and you are right back where you started, thinking about the draft and the number of good QBs expected to be available.

Whatever happens, at least it will be something different because, in this season, anything different is good.


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Ish Frm Heights
Ish Frm Heights

Hello!! Have you notice that the team is more hyped up to win and is motivated!!!!! Schaub is no TEAM LEADER!!!!

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

The fans have asked for it and they finally listened.

Wesley Burnham
Wesley Burnham

I doubt a win, but c'mon, can he do any worse than what we've been seeing?

Loona_c
Loona_c

I think the world of Case and loved watch him at UH.  I hope he does well, but I hate that he is truly getting trial by fire.  

grandiose
grandiose

One physical tool Case doesn't possess is ideal QB height, although the same could be said for Brees and Wilson. Hopefully he has genuine upside, but doubt he's on the roster in 2014

bossladymartin48
bossladymartin48

I hope and pray Keenum can get 'er done because the Texans and Texan fans are getting desperate for a win.  I don't blame Shaub or Yates as much for the past game failures as I do Kubiak and McNair.  Kubiak keeps playing the same old predictable plays and McNair lets him get away with it.  I have faith in our young 3rd string QB that he can turn this season around.

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