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Keenum the right call for Texans and Kubiak

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The notoriously conservative Texans have taken a page out of the playbook crafted by their flashier Lone Star neighbors.

When in doubt, go with the sizzle.

In choosing Case Keenum over T.J. Yates to start in place of the injured Matt Schaub, coach Gary Kubiak has made an out-of-character decision.  Typically, the Texans play it safe.  And Yates, who led the Texans to their first playoff win in franchise history, definitely presents the safer alternative to the undrafted Keenum.

But playing if safe has put Kubiak in danger, especially after the Texans turned up their noses in 2012 at Peyton Manning.

To put some spark back into the franchise, Kubiak has picked Keenum, the NCAA’s all-time career leader in passing yardage, touchdowns, and completions.  His skills and swagger nearly pushed him in front of Yates before the season, and his abilities need to be explored before the Texans can make good decisions about the quarterback beyond 2013.

It likely won’t be Schaub.  It probably won’t be Yates.  It still could be Keenum.

And if it’s Keenum, Kubiak could save his job for at least another year.  Even if the Texans don’t make it to the postseason, the possibility of starting from 0-0 with Keenum under center could persuade Bob McNair to do that which has gotten Kubiak into his current predicament — stay the course.

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12 Responses to “Keenum the right call for Texans and Kubiak”
  1. jjackwagon says: Oct 17, 2013 10:04 PM

    SO watching him get sacked 10 times and throw 3 interceptions is exploring his abilities?

  2. skins716 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:27 PM

    looked good in preseason, why not take the chance? TJ Yates looks more like a game manager, while Keenum looks like a risk taker

  3. texansfan81 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:29 PM

    Smart move by the Texans. You know what you have in Matt Schaub and TJ Yates, let’s see what Keenum can offer, and then make your decision going forward during the bye week. Hopefully he does a good job

  4. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:35 PM

    I like it, I like it…I hope Case Keenum is every bit the gunslinger with the Texans as he was for the Houston Cougars in college…he plays an exciting brand of football..what a story it would be if he could star in the same city in college and the NFL… Name any Houston Cougar Quarterbacks who went on to become great NFL QBs? Can’t think of any…

  5. 4thand48 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:40 PM

    Chiefs will destroy the Texans Especially after what they did to my Raiders. We are a much better team than the Texans.

  6. pgilbert2013 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    Isn’t the right call Vince Young?

  7. cmoney20 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:38 PM

    That seems to be the Case

  8. jayovalentine says: Oct 18, 2013 12:40 AM

    Kubiak will be an assistant for the REDSKINS this time next year (if the Redskins keep My-Way Mike & Jr Shanny) Neither are doing a great job for there teams but the are buddy-buddy

  9. rohlo says: Oct 18, 2013 1:07 AM

    hope case kills it! maybe he can bledsoe matt schaub like tom brady did in new england back in the day! lol

  10. cuda1234 says: Oct 18, 2013 7:01 AM

    And where did Keenum play his college ball?

  11. notwithkubiak says: Oct 18, 2013 9:02 AM

    Even with Peyton Manning, Kubiak would find a way to choke the latter half of the season.

  12. MyTeamsAllStink says: Oct 18, 2013 9:43 AM

    have a great time against that KC defense

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