The Houston Texans are at a crossroads. They are now 2-5, sit three-full games behind Indianapolis in a division that was supposed to be theirs, and are now playing musical chairs at the quarterback position. Incumbent starter Matt Schaub was off to the worst start of his 10-year career in 2013, setting an NFL record by throwing four “pick six” interceptions (interceptions returned for a defensive touchdown) in four-consecutive games.
The Texans battled the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs to the wire last Sunday, eventually losing the hard fought game 17-16. It was a bitter loss for the Texans, but one that saw improved play at the quarterback position.
Schaub temporarily lost his job to backup quarterback Case Keenum, a local product by way of the University of Houston who set multiple passing records while in the NCAA. Schaub is nursing an ankle injury that he suffered in a 38-13 blowout loss to the St. Louis Rams. Keenum contributed 271 yards passing and a touchdown, finishing the game with a very respectable quarterback rating of 110.6.
Texans’ quarterback coach Karl Dorrell told Chris Wesseling of NFL.com that Keenum challenging Schaub is a ”best-case scenario,” and that the competition would be healthy for the overall prospects of the Texans’ immediate future.
Texans’ head coach Gary Kubiak has left the door open for either quarterback to start going forward, stating that ”obviously, Matt’s our starting quarterback.” Kubiak then went on to praise the performance of Keenum, backing the rookie by saying he “handled the team very well.”
The Texans are taking the upcoming bye week to regroup and evaluate the future of their quarterback position going forward, but for now we’re left guessing. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain is “fully expecting” Keenum to keep the job through the aforementioned bye week. For a team on the outside looking in, giving Keenum the chance to prove himself seems to be the wise choice in this situation. Time will tell.