McNair: Case Keenum will remain Texans’ starting quarterback

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The Texans are sticking with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback, owner Robert C. McNair said Friday.

McNair made the announcement at the press conference in which the club confirmed it had fired coach Gary Kubiak.

Keenum was pulled in favor of Matt Schaub in the Texans’ 27-20 loss at Jacksonville on Thursday night. However, the club needs to further evaluate Keenum, McNair said.

“Case is going to be the quarterback, and we’re going to give him a chance to see how he can perform,” McNair said. “I think the jury is still out, and he’s got a lot of ability, and he’s shown some flashes of brilliance, and he’s shown some rookie mistakes.

“We’ve got to see if we can improve or eliminate those mistakes, minimize those mistakes, and continue some of the outstanding play that we’ve seen, and see whether we think he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. At this point, we really don’t know.”

If the 2014 NFL Draft were held today, the 2-11 Texans would hold the No. 1 pick, making closer study of Keenum a sensible move.

15 responses to “McNair: Case Keenum will remain Texans’ starting quarterback

  1. ….still a better quarterback situation than Packers

    Case Keenum is actually a good QB & has a chance to prove to be a starting caliber QB in the NFL

    Texans are a bad organization for it

    …but at least they don’t cheat and take PEDs like the Seahawks who have an asterisk on every win


  2. So is McNair sticking with Rick Smith as the GM and does he still have confidence in him and think he can deliver a Super Bowl win next year? What’s the deal, and why do you continue to support Rick Smith?

    I don’t think McNair is making a smart decision here. It’s time to get a smart GM and an awesome coach for a change. People that understand football and know how to win.

  3. Interesting that one minute Wade Phillips is confirmed as the interim Head Coach and the next minute the owner is announcing who the starting Quarterback is.
    Is this phenomenon of having the owner think he is also the GM and functioning as the Head Coach unique to Texas?

  4. this is the reason kubiack was fired. mcnair told him to play keenum, and kubes finally did. then he put schaub back in, and the owner told him to play keenum again. third time and you’re out, and putting schaub back in last night was the third strike.

  5. Wonder if Kubiak would be coaching today if he had kept Keenum in the game and said the same thing? Kubiak wanted to win and it almost worked……….

  6. Texans are an attractive opening for possible head coaches. They have talent on both sides of the ball and they will end up with the number 1 pick. There are worse head coaching jobs.

  7. If that last Matt Schaub pass had been for a touchdown instead of an interception, the Texans would have won the game, Kubiak would still be the coach, and Schaub would be starting next week.

  8. Why all the calls for Rick Smith to go? He’s done a fantastic job of bringing in talent.

    Let’s not get carried away with the French Revolution style, “off with their heads,” fervor. You don’t want to look like Madame Defarge.

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