The Houston Texans played arguably their best game of the season in a 17-16 loss on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs. The performance was undoubtedly sparked by newly appointed starting quarterback Case Keenum. Keenum, who was promoted from third-string after the injury to longtime starter Matt Schaub, showed an athleticism and ability to threaten downfield that has long gone missing from the Houston offense.
Keenum went 15-21 for 271 yards and a touchdown in his first career start and gave Houston a realistic shot at an upset victory in Kansas City. After a disastrous start and the disappointing play of Schaub through six games, giving Keenum the starting QB job looked like a no-brain decision. It seemed as if (at least in the short term) the QB quandary had been resolved.
That was until Monday, a day after the loss, when coach Gary Kubiak had this to say:
”I’ve got to sit down and look at our situation and what’s going on right now. Obviously, Matt’s our starting quarterback. Case played this week because Matt wasn’t healthy. Case went in and played extremely well. I’m going to sit down, we’re on a bye week, I’m going to evaluate where we’re at as a team and move forward form there. So I’m going to do that everywhere, not just at the quarterback position, I’ll do that at every place.”
Anyone with a pulse who has watched the struggles of Schaub and the team thus far in 2013 would have trouble arguing anyone but Keenum has earned the job.
Kubiak is likely on the way out anyway, after a potential Superbowl run at the start of the 2013 campaign has crashed and burned in just under two months. If Kubiak can’t see that Keenum should be his guy under center, it’s time for the coach to depart immediately.
If he does plan on starting Schaub coming out of the bye week against the Indianapolis Colts at home, expect for the most hostile home crowd to ever step foot in Reliant Stadium.