The Houston Texans will be hitting Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs and right now they don’t know who will be starting under center.
No. 1 QB Matt Schaub left Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams with a leg/ankle injury. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said any decision on Schaub isn’t likely to come until the end of the week.
Kubiak was asked if backup T.J. Yates would start in case Schaub is unable to go, but the head coach left the door open for third stringer Case Keenum as well.
“I’ll prepare both, and we’ll go from there at the end of the week.”
Many fans have been asking for Keenum to get a look even before Schaub was injured. Keenum is already a hero in Houston, having put up monster numbers during his college career at University of Houston, though he went undrafted.
Now the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain thinks it’s time Keenum gets his shot in the NFL.
The Texans need something that will re-energize them, something to rekindle the fire they showed before blowing the Seattle game. That would be Keenum, who has the mobility to combat a Chiefs pass rush with an NFL-best 31 sacks.
“He’s come a long way as far as his smarts and understanding our system,” Kubiak said. “He’s got the arm to make all the throws. He moves pretty good. He’s been working extremely hard.”
I don’t care if Keenum wasn’t drafted and looks like an equipment assistant in the dressing room and a water boy on the practice field. He can’t be any worse than Schaub and Yates have been in the last two defeats to San Francisco and St. Louis.
If Schaub were healthy and playing to his capability, he should be the starter. But he’s not healthy, and he’s not playing to his capability.
I’m sure Texans fans would scoff at this, but it’s similar to what happened in Denver with Tim Tebow. The team needed a spark and a college superstar was waiting in the wings, despite not being ready to be an NFL starting quarterback.
Keenum would bring an uncertainty to the table for the Chiefs defense along with an ability to move around, something Yates or a hobbled Schaub wouldn’t be able to deliver. But if Schaub isn’t healthy enough to play, it’s hard to imagine Kubiak going right to Keenum without giving the more experience Yates a chance.