The Houston Texans elected to replace Case Keenum with veteran Matt Schuab late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars due to Keenum’s continued ineffectiveness under center.
Schaub helped rally the Texans and give them a pair of chances late in the game before ultimately coming up short due to a failed fourth down conversion and interception.
However, Schaub played well in his limited time in the game. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown and an interception in just over a quarter of work. Keenum’s numbers were very similar but took three quarters to amass. Keenum was 16 of 29 for 158 yards with a touchdown and interception.
According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, head coach Gary Kubiak said there is a chance Schaub remains the starter for the remainder of the season.
Kubiak didn’t go as far as saying Schaub will start in 10 days against the Indianapolis Colts, but he did speak highly of the way he finished the game against Jacksonville.
A switch back to Schaub would be an interesting shift for the Texans. Schaub likely won’t be the team’s starter next season. The team has wanted to get an extended look at Keenum but his inconsistent play seems to have reached a breaking point. With the Texans now the favorites to land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. It seems odd to put Schaub back into the lineup when he’s already a known commodity.
With a losing streak that has now reached 11 games, chances are there will be a very different look to the Texans in many areas of the organization next season.