HOUSTON – Houston Texans owner Bob McNair announced on Friday that 2nd-year quarterback Case Keenum would be the starter for the remainder of the season.
“Case is going to be the quarterback. We’re going to give him a chance to see how he can perform,” McNair said. “I think the jury is still out. He’s got a lot of ability.”
McNair made the decision after he let go of head coach Gary Kubiak.
Keenum has started 7 games this season, but was replaced by Matt Schaub in two of them, including Thursday night’s 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Keenum has thrown for 1,592 yards, 9 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on the season.
“He’s shown some flashes of brilliance and then he’s shown some rookie mistakes,” McNair said. “We’ve got to see if we can improve, eliminate those mistakes, minimize those mistakes and continue some of the outstanding play that (we’ve) seen and see whether we think that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. At this point, we really don’t know.”
Kubiak was criticized for taking Keenum out and replacing with the veteran Schaub. McNair admitted that the quarterback shuffle wasn’t the sole reason for the change in head coach, but played a part in it.
"The whole key is what is in the best interest of the organization. And, Case has had his ups and downs and we think that he needs to be given the opportunity and he will be given the opportunity now, but there were a lot of other things that happened,” McNair said. “14 penalties – that is not the difference between Case and Matt playing or making a change. Things like that are just totally unacceptable.”
The Texans have 3 games left on the schedule. They travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on December 15th.