Texans bench Case Keenum mid-game, return to Matt Schaub
Most recently Keenum has been starting under center, but after the Texans appeared to be looking a straight 11th loss in the face, the team again made a change at quarterback Thursday night. So, for a second-time in three weeks Keenum was pulled in favor of Schaub, who led the Texans to a touchdown on his first drive.
The Jacksonville Jaguars held a 14-point lead over the Texans, with just 4:10 left in the third quarter when Texans coach Gary Kubiak made the switch. Schaub came on and immediately led the Texans on a seven-play, 77-yard scoring drive – capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Garrett Graham.
Later, Schaub led the Texans to a field goal to open the fourth quarter, thus narrowing the lead to give his side a fighting chance against the Jaguars. But the Jaguars regained control of the situation late in the game, to finish with a 27-20 final score against the Texans.
Keenum had completed 16-of-29 of his passes for 159 yards, a touchdown and an interception before being replaced in the game. He finished with a passer rating of 68.0.
While the University of Houston standout stood his own in his rookie year – totaling 1433 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in six starts before Thursday’s game – he could very well be done at the starting spot, with just three games left in the season. Keenum’s play has dipped in the past few weeks, evident by the team’s decision to bench him twice during the last four games.
The coaching staff is also under pressure, and could feel that Schaub gives them a better chance to win the last couple of games, hence providing a shot at saving their jobs. The Texans are already out of the playoffs picture with a 2-11 record and potentially on the brink of matching the worst season in franchise history, all of this could lead to some serious housecleaning this offseason – and a new front office will likely want to go with a new quarterback. The team will also have a high draft pick to make that happen. So, all signs point that the Keenum experiment is likely done in Houston.