The Houston Texans named a new starting quarterback today, and his name is Case Keenum. With Matt Schaub still nursing an injury and TJ Yates completely ineffective in spot duty the choice became easy for head coach Gary Kubiak.
Natives of the Houston area will know Keenum well. He starred at the University of Houston, becoming the most prolific passer in NCAA history while leading the Cougars to some of their most successful seasons.
Keenum hopes to repeat some of that success on the highest level. He may not have the down field arm most teams crave, but he is deadly in the short and intermediate game. Kubiak hopes that Keenum gives a spark to a struggling Texans ball club, and this move comes because he is certainly on the hot seat.
A team that had Super Bowl aspirations going into the season is sitting at 2-4 and two games behind in the division. They are fresh off a shellacking at home that embarrassed the entire organization. Schaub simply has not been getting it done at the quarterback position this year which is a shocking turn of events given his success with the club over the past few years. If Keenum shows any sort of ability over the next few weeks or how ever long he is alloted to start, Kubiak will have to stick with him.
Texans fans disapproved of Schaub so much that they cheered when he got injured last Sunday. That’s a disgusting act but one that shows how far Schaub has fallen from grace. It is now Keenum’s turn to impress the coaching staff and Texans’ faithful. He did it once in college. Can he do it again in the pros?