Kubiak wants to bring Keenum along slowly
After getting pulled in the third quarter of Sunday’s game, Case Keenum will start against the Jaguars this upcoming Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
It’ll be Keenum’s fifth straight start.
Keenum was pulled for Matt Schaub late in the third quarter against the Raiders because head coach Gary Kubiak thought the situation was more suited for the more veteran player.
“Case will start. I’ve got total confidence in him,” Kubiak said. “As I told you guys yesterday, I made a decision during the course of the game with something that I was fixing to go do in the fourth quarter that I thought that would be very difficult on a young player. So that’s why I put Matt in there and he got us in position to win but, no, Case will start. I talked to both of them.”
Would Kubiak make the same decision to insert Schaub again?
“Yeah, I’d do it again because of why I did it,” Kubiak said. “Was it the right (decision)? Yeah, because I think at that time, that’s what I wanted to do as a coach. I knew what I was fixing to do calling the game and I didn’t want to put a young guy in a bad situation, who’s a young player for me. So I made that decision to go with Matt. So yes, I’d do it again.”
Against the Raiders, Keenum took 39 snaps to Schaub’s 34. Keenum completed 13-of-24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Schaub completed 12-of-25 passes without a touchdown or an interception. Schaub did lead the Texans on two field goal drives after Keenum struggled to start the second half.
Kubiak said he doesn’t think pulling Keenum from the game against the Raiders will affect the young quarterback’s confidence.
“No, actually, I think I was really thinking of him yesterday,” Kubiak said. “I’ve been in this league a long time, dealt with a lot of quarterbacks and I’m trying to develop one right now. Right or wrong, I made that decision because of the situation I thought I was fixing to put a young player in from my standpoint of what I was doing coaching-wise, which I don’t have time to explain that to y’all. That’s why I did what I did.”
Schaub has been with the Texans since 2007. He hasn’t started a game since Oct. 13 against the Rams. His interceptions and interceptions returned for touchdowns were a problem for the team early in the season.
“Matt’s the same every day,” Kubiak said. “He wants to play. He wants to get out there and play on a regular basis. It’s been no different from that standpoint. Would have been nice if we could have finished the deal yesterday.”