The Kansas City Chiefs will get to face another inexperienced quarterback Sunday when the Houston Texans visit Arrowhead Stadium.
Unlike last week when the Oakland Raiders sent Terrelle Pryor with starts under his belt to face the Sea of Red, the Texans are turning to Case Keenum without ever playing in an NFL game.
The door opened for Keenum thanks to a leg injury to starter Matt Schaub and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak deciding to give him the nod over backup T.J. Yates.
“He continues to grow, and we’re struggling and looking for a spark,” Kubiak told reporters after making the decision. “I think he deserves an opportunity to go out there.”
Schaub’s ankle and leg injuries will keep him out of uniform Sunday and leave Yates as the backup to the young Keenum.
Kubiak could have waited right up until kickoff to announce a starter, but he didn’t think it was worth playing a guessing game at the expense of Keenum’s practice time.
“I wanted to operate today and tomorrow with him getting the majority of the reps and the team knowing what’s going on,” Kubiak said. “He’s given me confidence throughout camp.”
An undrafted free agent last year out of the University of Houston, calls for Keenum to get a chance kept growing as the Texans struggled. Every pick-six that Schaub (and then Yates last week) tossed, the Keenum bandwagon picked up a few more passengers.
Now he’ll have to face the NFL’s best pass rush. The same one that beat Pryor up with nine sacks (a 10th was taken away by the league this week). Oh and not to mention the loudest fans in the world. Kubiak, for his part, tried to make the case this not being Case vs. Chiefs.
“I’m not sending him out there by himself. I’m sending him out there with this football team, and the guys understand that.”
Good luck with that.