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Kubiak expects to coach on Sunday, won’t commit to Keenum for rest of season

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Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back at practice with the Texans and he confirmed Wednesday that the plan is for him to be back on the sideline for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.

After asking the media if they missed him, Kubiak said that he felt good and expected to be coaching the team this weekend. Kubiak said didn’t remember much about the mini-stroke he suffered during a game on November 3 beyond having a headache and then being in the hospital, but that all has gone well with his recovery.

Kubiak took care of some team housekeeping as well, including fielding questions about safety Ed Reed’s departure. Kubiak stressed the team’s preference to play other defensive backs, though he was asked if Reed’s criticism of the coaches played a role in his departure.

“No, that’s just part of it,” Kubiak said, in comments distributed by the team. “When you’re sitting here in the position we’re in right now, obviously, there’s a lot of disappointment. Everything little thing gets magnified, but the bottom line is it gets down to playing football.”

Kubiak also said running back Arian Foster will have back surgery on Thursday and addressed the quarterback spot.
There was no commitment to Case Keenum beyond saying that he’ll remain the starter as long as he plays well and that Matt Schaub could still return to the lineup at some point. With his health scare behind him, Kubiak now has to face trying to hold onto his job with a 2-7 team and Keenum’s looked like the better quarterback even if he’s yet to win a game.

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29 Responses to “Kubiak expects to coach on Sunday, won’t commit to Keenum for rest of season”
  1. jay0134 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:08 PM

    Keenum and Johnson are the best players on Houston and Kubiak wont commit to him? What is he thinking? Schaub has been washed up for the last two years. Keenum actually looks like a real QB and is at least making the team competitive.

  2. yourhopesdashed says: Nov 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    Kubiak and Schaub are gone after this year. Keenum is the future.

  3. indytom87 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Drew Bledsoe offers Schaub his condolences..

  4. kennyadler1 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    That was total “coach-speak” to keep Keenum motivated to get better, the kid has played well, hope he keeps it up….also glad Kubiak is back so quick…that was kinda scary the other night….

  5. ingraven says: Nov 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    What ever happened with TJ Yates? Didnt this guy just help get your team to the playoffs 2 years ago? Is he in the doghouse or somethin?

  6. illz254 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Kubiak is a dum duck (substitute the d with an F)… He is the cause and us sucking is the effect. Writing has been on the wall for years, people just ignore it. Most poorly run organization in the NFL over the past 10 yrs. Yeah we might have won a couple AFC titles, but so what, if we didn’t play cincy both years we would be one and done both times. As long as helmet head is the coach and Dick Smith is the GM, then there is no hope. Sad that most in Houston, and within management don’t realize. But what do I know, I’m just a fan.

  7. fumblenuts says: Nov 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    “Matt Schaub could still return to the lineup at some point.”

    Did they check his brain waves at the hospital??

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    86 games over 7 seasons and he still hasn’t seen enough of Schaub?

    Houston really needs to axe both of them, they aren’t getting the job done and they have had way too many chances.

  9. illz254 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    Waive players for smoking weed, and they pass a drug test? Waive a player who says the truth that they are out coached? Don’t commit to a QB who is playing better than any QB in the history of the franchise?

    Wrong moves. First one out should have been the coach and GM, 4 yrs ago!!!

    Pathetic Ownership and Management.

  10. ravensterps says: Nov 13, 2013 3:20 PM

    Good thing they cut the best ball-hawking safety of all time. That should solve all their problems.

  11. jsticky870 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:20 PM

    Keenum reminds me of Romo. Just saying.

  12. nygrwy says: Nov 13, 2013 3:21 PM

    I am a Giants fan however Foster is my non Giant favorite player. Does Houston like this guy as their coach? He seems pretty bad and also destroyed a great RB career by giving him too many touches.

    I would be pretty displeased with him as my coach.

  13. diabetic1010 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:22 PM

    On an unrelated note, the Texans won’t commit to Kubiak for the rest of the season…

  14. dickjagger says: Nov 13, 2013 3:24 PM

    This guy should have been fired after the 2010 season. He’s a really good offensive mind, but doesn’t make the right decisions a good head coach needs to make, (this is another example of that.) I mean Shaub’s gone after the season no matter what at this point. Why not let Case Keenum play the rest of the year so you can determine if “he’s the guy or they need to draft one of these QB’s in the draft?

  15. dualprime says: Nov 13, 2013 3:27 PM

    “Case Keenum is our starting QB.” If Kubiak can’t say that then he’s more lost than I thought.

  16. chawk12thman says: Nov 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    If I was the owner…..I would immediatly place Kubiak on paid leave for the remainder of the year and let him know that he won’t be coming back. His health and team health would both be best served by this move…..

  17. htown1035 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    Kubiak is too loyal as a coach – he won’t fire Marciano who’s been disastrous as a special teams coach, he wouldn’t fire Frank Bush when they were on pace to be the worst defense in NFL history, he wouldn’t bench Schaub despite his horrible play stemming from the Patriots game last season up until his record Pick-6′s, his offense has become too predictable and too formulaic, and his time in Houston needs to come to an end. We appreciate him getting this team back up to respectability, but this team needs a change.

  18. dualprime says: Nov 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    Reed lined up so far from the line of scrimmage that the back judge was in on more plays than he was.

    By Jerome Solomon

  19. cdollaz says: Nov 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    “Keenum and Johnson are the best players on Houston”

    JJ Watt, anyone?

  20. cdollaz says: Nov 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    “QB who is playing better than any QB in the history of the franchise ”

    You haven’t been watching the 2nd halves of the last 3 games, have you?

  21. crimson428 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:52 PM

    The entire organization from the owner down is too loyal and soft. Bob McNair should have fired Kubiak years ago, but kept him on one more year and Wade Phillips saved his job. The ST coach keeps his job despite his unit being a disaster year in and year out. The horrible kicker with no track record to justify keeping his job gets to stay because he went to same college as Kubiak.

    And Kubiak himself, despite the season being over and you would expect him to be coaching for his job, is still super conservative and making comments like this. In what universe would any coach still have faith in Matt Schaub? Keenum might not be the future, he has been impressive, but he is undoubtedly the only option you have this year.

  22. realfootballfan says: Nov 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    Why would he? Keenum stinks just like Schaub does. The Texans should just hope they can get another QB in this draft along with a new coaching staff with a new offensive approach.

  23. htown1035 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:56 PM

    cdollaz says:
    Nov 13, 2013 3:49 PM
    “QB who is playing better than any QB in the history of the franchise ”

    You haven’t been watching the 2nd halves of the last 3 games, have you?
    ————————————

    You haven’t watched any of their other QB’s, have you?

  24. htown1035 says: Nov 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    Nov 13, 2013 3:55 PM
    Why would he? Keenum stinks just like Schaub does. The Texans should just hope they can get another QB in this draft along with a new coaching staff with a new offensive approach.
    ——————————————-
    Obviously you haven’t been watching him at all to make a statement like that.

  25. goldiehawn9 says: Nov 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    Don’t worry Texan fans… Johnny Football will be your savior in 2014

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 13, 2013 5:27 PM

    Before we anoint Case Keenum as the next John Elway, let’s really look at his play.

    While at times he’s looked outstanding, he also looks downright terrible against the blitz. He hasn’t at all adjusted to defenses second half adjustments. He’s had 2 fumbles returned for TDs already. I know it’s not 4 pick 6s but still not great.

    I think much of Keenum’s problems have to do with inexperience and I’m very excited about what he might be able to do in the future with a full offseason under his belt.

    But to say he’s playing better than any QB in franchise history is just wrong. Schaub is still tied for 2nd all time in most yards in a single game with 527. (He threw 5 TDs in that game too), Schaub has had some pretty good years here and been very productive at times. I know we’re all sour on Schaub now but let’s not rewrite history.

  27. eastofmissball says: Nov 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    Looks like Rick Smith found a way to save face, when Reed opened up his own mouth; giving Smith the door to push Reed out of and not be on the hook for such a horrible pick up in Reed. Could have lost a hell of a lot more money on Reed and no play time if he kept his mouth shut. Upper hand still w/ ya Rick, but man that could of been a career changer. And it still should….

  28. dualprime says: Nov 13, 2013 6:07 PM

    “Keenum’s problems” go way beyond him. Predictable offensive schemes, poor OL execution, missing running game, etc. No QB can succeed under these circumstances.

  29. FinFan68 says: Nov 13, 2013 9:20 PM

    I can’t say that Keenum is the best QB on the team because I haven’t compared them much. That said, it appears to me that the team has played better with him as the QB.

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