Houston Texans: Gary Kubiak’s Lack of Confidence in Case Keenum is Cause for Concern
The Houston Texans’ abysmal 2013 season took another turn for the worse during a 28-23 home loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Texans struggled with an Oakland team missing their two leading rushers in QB Terrell Pryor and RB Darren McFadden. The one glimmer of hope for this Houston team was the recent emergence of undrafted QB Case Keenum. Although yet to win an NFL game, Keenum lit a spark under the offense, showed a glimmer of hope for the franchise and had seemingly sealed the fate of incumbent Matt Schaub. It undoubtedly looked like the time for the team to move away from the longtime starting QB.
For reasons unbeknownst to anyone with a pulse that had watched this Texans team, coach Gary Kubiak pulled Keenum at the first sight of adversity and went back to Schaub who has had a disastrous and rightfully career-ending season thus far. Sitting at 2-7 and with the season all but over, the move was a true head scratcher. There was nothing to be gained from giving Keenum the hook and very well may be the final entry in a long list of reasons that it’s time for the team to move on from coach Kubiak.
The fans at Reliant Stadium made their collective voice heard. When Schaub led the team onto the field, the offense had to resort to a silent snap count to run plays on their home turf as boos rained down from the Houston fans.
Kubiak has shown that he is content to use the same formula he’s perfected in the past seven years, and it’s a formula that produces mediocrity. Run the same scheme, week in and week out, and inexplicably expect a different result.
Gary Kubiak’s walking papers are long past due at this point. The franchise needs to inject some new blood into the Texans’ coaching staff. If they hold off much longer, boos are going to become a regular occurrence at Reliant.