It’s been an absolutely abysmal start to the Houston Texans’ 2013 season, and one that has shed light on a few glaring deficiencies that must be addressed for the team to attain the championship success its fan base so desperately desires.
The most apparent weakness early in the season was shown by starting QB Matt Schaub. Through his first six starts in 2013, it is safe to assert that the 32-year-old is likely done as a starting quarterback in the NFL. He was replaced in Week 7 by young rookie Case Keenum in his first career NFL start and first snap since a bowl victory under center for the University of Houston Cougars.
The fan base has been screaming for Case at quarterback. He is a hometown favorite in Houston and the pressure had to be immense for the rookie as he took on a Kansas City Chiefs squad currently leading the league in defense and having recently set a Guinness World Record for loudest stadium on the planet.
Keenum looked solid in his first start, sparking a fire under a team that had appeared to be sleepwalking through the start of the season. The young QB went 15-for-25 for 271 yards and a touchdown against the staunch Kansas City defense.
Only time will tell if Keenum is a long-term solution for Houston at quarterback. He has done enough in the short term to replace the incumbent as starter, a stint that should last as long as he is effective.
If he makes it through the season and retains the job, it will be clear that Schaub’s days in Houston are over. The Texans will take their medicine in the form of a salary cap hit and move along, but the team should still look for a potential franchise QB high in the draft. The 2014 draft will prove to be quarterback deep, and Houston must address the need at the position. If Keenum turns into a long-term solution, the Texans will have no trouble flipping a promising young QB for draft picks or role players.
More importantly, the Texans have to introduce some competition and no longer treat the quarterback position with an attitude of complacency. It’s that attitude that turned Houston from Super Bowl hopefuls to bottom dwellers seven short weeks through the 2013 season.