Phillips: Sometimes QBs have to hit rock bottom

Phillips: Sometimes QBs have to hit rock bottom
December 16, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Case Keenum had what was arguably his worst game as a professional on Sunday in Indianapolis.

It might be rock bottom. And that might be a good thing.

“Sometimes a young quarterback, sometimes they have to hit rock bottom a little bit to bounce back up,” interim coach Wade Phillips said on Monday. “I’ve seen it happen. Some of them don’t bounce back up and aren’t good, and don’t end up good quarterbacks. This is a rough time that he’s going through. We’ll see what he does.”

In the Texans’ 25-3 loss to the Colts, Keenum looked lost. He completed 18 of 34 passes for 268 yards and two interceptions and a passer rating of 42.3.

In eight starts (all losses), Keenum has thrown nine touchdowns and six interceptions. In his last four games, he has one touchdown and five interceptions. His completion percentage is 54.15 percent.

Since 2011, here are the quarterbacks who have thrown at least 250 passes with a completion percentage under 55 percent: Tim Tebow, John Skelton, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Andrew Luck, Chad Henne, Josh Freeman and Brandon Weeden and Keenum this year.

One of Keenum’s biggest problems when he became the starter was the inability to see blitzes coming. But now, according to Phillips, he sees the blitzes, he just can’t do anything about it.

“He saw the blitzes when they were coming,” Phillips said. “But seeing blitzes and getting rid of the football is different than just seeing them. That and reading coverages is not an easy process, especially for a young quarterback to know exactly where to go with even though he goes through it over and over and over in his meetings and so forth and we practice those things. We’ve just got to find the things that he really does well and we’ve got to stick with those because we’ve got to move the football.”