Keenum: 'I was a big part of that loss'

Keenum: 'I was a big part of that loss'
November 24, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Case Keenum accounted for zero passing yards against the Jaguars in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

And it didn’t really get a whole lot better from there.

Keenum finished the game completing 18-of-34 passes for 169 yards and an interception. On Sunday, he led a band that couldn’t march. Heck, on Sunday, the Texans were a band that could barely make a sound in a 13-6 loss to the Jaguars.

“We had the right play calls, and I didn’t hit them, I didn’t see them, I didn’t make the plays,” Keenum said, “and I think this one is very disappointing because I was a big part of that loss. Letting guys down in that locker room, letting guys down on our offense, it’s tough.”

At times during his five-game starting stretch, Keenum has looked very good. And at other times, the 25-year-old has looked completely lost going against NFL defenses. The Texans want to see what they have in the University of Houston product but, at least this Sunday, he didn’t show he can be the future of the franchise.

“I don’t think we got in a rhythm at all,” said Andre Johnson, who had just two catches. “We just didn’t make the plays to get in a rhythm. If you don’t make the plays then you won’t get in one. That’s it.”

The Texans' 218 yards of offense is the lowest total of the season and they were 4-for-15 on third downs.

The team said that while the offense struggled, it wasn’t entirely on Keenum.

“I don’t know if the defense is doing anything differently but we have to all watch the film and see what we need to fix,” tight end Ryan Griffin said. “It’s not all just on Case. It’s the whole offense. We can’t go out, score six points and expect to win. It’s not just the quarterback play.”

Head coach Gary Kubiak attributed Keenum’s struggles on Sunday to defenses beginning to play him differently. The Jaguars did a nice job of taking away the deep game from Keenum on Sunday.

“Yeah, I was a little hesitant on certain plays,” Keenum said. “For whatever reason, I was out of my rhythm. I just had bad fundamentals and I wasn’t trusting what I was seeing and letting the ball go. Like you said, it wasn’t good.”

Keenum and the Texans offense got the ball back with just under two minutes remaining in the game, with a chance to tie it up, but were unable to tie the game. Keenum threw a deep pass down the sideline but DeAndre Hopkins couldn’t make a grab.

“It was a pretty tough ball,” Hopkins said when asked if it was a ball he’d normally catch. “I tried to keep my feet in bounds and it glazed my fingertips. I don’t know. Maybe if I was 6-4, I would have caught it.”

Sunday was the first game in Keenum's five-game starting stretch that he didn't throw a touchdown. His touchdown last week against the Raiders came in the first half before he was pulled for Matt Schaub.

Kubiak said he didn't think about putting former starter Matt Schaub into the game against the Jaguars but also said he doesn't make decisions right after games when asked about the team's quarterback for the rest of the year.

“I don’t know,” Keenum said when asked about his struggles in the game. “I just feel uncomfortable being off rhythm, being hesitant, not making the right decisions, and when I do make the right decisions, being hesitant. I have to go watch the film and see. I’m frustrated right now. I am very disappointed in myself because not only for me, but for letting everyone down in that locker room.”

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