Keenum starts again, and Schaub is fine (unless he isn’t)


Even on a bye, the suddenly dysfunctional Houston Texans find a way to have a little (dys)fun.

When last we heard from coach Gary Kubiak, he said that Matt Schaub is still the starting quarterback, notwithstanding the strong Week Seven debut from Case Keenum.  Now, Kubiak says that Keenum will start on Sunday against the Colts.

Via Tania Ganguli of, Kubiak said that Keenum will start even though Schaub is “fine,” two weeks after injuring his ankle against the Rams.

So while Schaub may be the starter, Keenum will be starting.

And if you’re not already thoroughly confused, consider this.  Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Schaub isn’t fine.  Per Rapoport, Schaub has torn ligaments in his ankle, and he’ll try to play through the condition.

Of course, before he can play through the “torn ligaments” in his ankle (which technically encompasses any sprained ankle with bruising), Schaub has to play.  He apparently won’t play unless and until Keenum doesn’t play well.

Regardless of the words used to get there, it makes sense for the Texans and for Kubiak for Keenum to play.  Keenum could turn around a team that could still become a factor in the sixth-seed scrum in the AFC.  And if the Texans don’t make it to the postseason, Keenum could do enough the rest of the way to persuade owner Bob McNair to give Kubiak and Keenum a chance to get it done when starting not from 2-4 but from 0-0.

24 responses to “Keenum starts again, and Schaub is fine (unless he isn’t)

  1. With the running game beat up. I’m excited to see Keenum let it fly this weekend. I imagine thats what will happen against the colts. andre and hopkins should have a good amount of targets between themselves. Lets see if we can make the best of it.

  2. This is great, Texas your penance for cheering an injured QB off the field and not having the sense to realize you never had a quality signal caller to begin with:

    Case Keenum,


  3. I think the “Schaub is the starter” comment was a bit of coachspeak. Schaub was first on the depth chart. He was the “starter” at the time Kubiak was talking, as obvious as it was that he wouldn’t be the starter for long.

  4. I hate for guys to lose their job to injury(Alex Smith is my guy!) but Schaub might have lost it anyway given how poorly he was playing. Let Case play and see what you have because their season’s not technically over but they’re 2-5 and have to play the Colts twice, the Pats and the Broncos so it’s a very long shot to get to 10 wins.

  5. bringbackkosar says:

    –Agree fully. This dysfunctional “coachspeak” just makes it easier for GMs and Owners to pull the trigger on your job. Wishy-washy works better when you’ve got the track record.

  6. The texans don’t have 2 qbs. They dont even know what they really have with keenum. Not even close to the Vikings. Vikings are just stocked with bums.

  7. Schaub’s struggled mightily and they’ve had injuries, but that team should still be way better than their record. (And let’s not forget one of their early wins was that improbable comeback from behind against the Chargers.) They’ve been inconsistent in every facet. I like Kubiak, but I think they’ve tuned him out.

  8. Last year the Falcons were a #1 playoff seed and the Texans were not far off from being a #1 seed themselves. I dont get how two teams can go from great to awful so quickly.

  9. Hey steelersaregodsteam; you really didn’t get a chance to watch the game yesterday, did you? Oakland handled Steelers and set them back a bit. They won’t make the playoffs this year.

  10. Because of Schaub’s extremely poor play (dating back towards the end of last season), he deserved to lose his job. And if he is less than 100%, he is a complete liability. Schaub has no mobility when healthy, so it makes absolutely NO SENSE to play him. Case Keenum did well enough to earn another start. The Texans played a competitive game on the road vs an undefeated team who has an excellent defense. Previously, the Texans were getting blown out of games. Yes, a loss is a loss. And Keenum may not be the answer. But it’s apparent Schaub and Yates are by no means a franchise QB. Kubiak has an obligation to find out what Keenum can do so the Texans can draft accordingly. Kubiak has got to end his unhealthy bromance with Schaub and start making unemotional decisions.

  11. Thank goodness. I was not looking forward to Sunday night with Schaub starting. It would not have been pretty.

    Incomplete pass – boooooooo!!!!!

  12. Tough situation for Kubiak. If he keeps Schaub in there, Schaub will take most of the blame but Kubiak will get a lot as well.

    But if Kubiak goes with the rookie, they might lose more, but if Keenum shows signs of being good then everyone could look at it as good for next year as is.

  13. Everyone in football just can’t wait for the next thing to come along. Throw whoever they have to under the bus, so they can get the young un proven guys on the field. There is more to the issue than Shaub. Maybe the Texans should look at their coaching for that area of the game.

  14. ma5terbla5t3r says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:56 PM
    Keenum = Better than Rodgers if Keenum were in the PAcklers’ system.

    I like what I have seen from Keenum but I am amazed that 19 people would give this thumbs up. Bears fans?

  15. As long as Schaub is listed on the injury report with an ankle injury, the coach is not required to say anything else. He’s entirely free to say Schaub is fine, not fine, horribly maimed or anything else he wants to say.

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