A week after coach Gary Kubiak benched quarterback Case Keenum in the second half of a loss to the Raiders, Keenum went the distance in a 13-6 home loss to the Jaguars.
Keenum didn’t play any better than he did the previous week, completing 18-of-34 passes for 169 yards and an interception and continuing to look overwhelmed in the face of pressure. That’s not going to cause the team to turn back toward Matt Schaub, though. Kubiak said Monday that he wants to “find the young man some success” and will start Keenum against the Patriots in Week 13.
“It’s part of a growth process for him,” Kubiak said, via the Houston Chronicle. “As coaches, you try to do everything you can to put him in a successful situation. He’s done a lot of good things, had some early success. The last couple of weeks have been a little tougher.”
The Texans have gone from 2012 division champs to contender for first overall pick, so it probably goes without saying that there’s not much to play for in the immediate future in Houston. They’ll take a look at Keenum, but the upcoming crop of quarterbacks and a high draft position suggests that he’s keeping the seat warm for a top draft pick.