The disappointing season for the Houston Texans continued last night. After leading the Indianapolis Colts 21-3 at halftime, the Texans were outscored 24-3 in the second half while Colts QB Andrew Luck hit WR T.Y. Hilton for three straight touchdowns in the second half. One thing should be taken away from this game for the Texans though, Case Keenum should remain the starting quarterback for the last games of the regular season.
Anyone that watched Sunday night’s game clearly saw that the Texans offense operates much differently with Case Keenum under center. Keenum completed 20 of 34 passes for 350 yards and three scores without throwing an interception. His mobility created problems for the Colts and Keenum was only sacked once. His escapability allowed the Texans some big plays, as illustrated by WR Andre Johnson hauling in 9 receptions for 229 yards and three scores.
The future is cloudy for the Texans after this season. The future of head coach Gary Kubiak is in question. Hopefully there is no long term, serious health issue for Kubiak after he was stretchered off the field last evening. The next question for the Texans will revolve around the quarterback position. Matt Schaub has seriously regressed this season and given his potential salary cap implication next season, he is not guaranteed to return in 2014, head coaching changes or not.
At 2-6, the season is basically over for the Houston Texans. T.J. Yates has demonstrated he is best suited as a backup quarterback so the team should name Keenum the starter for the remaining eight games of the season in what could be considered an audition for next season. In two starts, Keenum has completed 35 of 59 for 621 yards and four touchdowns.
As the Texans look towards next season, Keenum should get valuable playing time experience for the remainder of the season in order to evaluate whether or not he should be the starter next season. After two starts, Keenum certainly looks like an explosive player that can run this offense.