In a move that’s been speculated about for awhile now, Matt Schaub has lost his job as the Houston Texans‘ starting quarterback. The team is citing that he’s been ruled out with an injury, but everyone has seen the writing on the wall for weeks now. Healthy or not, Schaub’s time in Houston is over. At the same time, a new chapter will begin. For now, it’s a chapter about Case Keenum.
The local hero will get his first NFL start this Sunday as the Texans travel to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. This news comes on the heels of a reported competition between Keenum and T.J. Yates. With week seven just days away, it’s clear who won that battle.
So why did the Texans go with Keenum? He’s never never officially attempted a pass in the NFL, while Yates actually led this same team to the playoffs two years back.
For starters, Yates did not look good after he took over for the injured Schuab on Sunday. He threw a pick-six upon his entry to the game and only ended up tossing for 98 yards. He flat out did not look like a solution to the team’s problem.
Keenum obviously played well enough in practice to impress the coaching staff and when you boil it all down – why not try something completely different? Sure, Keenum could be a huge flop, but that would just be more of the same for the Texans in 2013. Why not just roll the dice with the 25-year old and see what happens? He was a prolific passer during his time in college and there’s a chance he could be the spark this Houston team desperately needs.