Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans: The Choice is Clear: Start Case Keenum!

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Houston Texans:  The Choice is Clear:  Start Case Keenum

Time has now transitioned into the early summer and training camp will be starting in about another month.  But there’s one thing that has been on my mind that needs to be addressed.  Who will be the starting quarterback for the Houston Texans next season?

Since the evolution of the present-day NFL from 1967, more emphasis has been placed on quarterback play.  In this era, you must have a talented, successful quarterback that can:

  • Be a leader of men
  • Make smart decisions
  • Read defenses and be able to accurately find their targets
  • Improvise and have the ability to scramble when a particular play breaks down
  • Enough strength and conditioning to take hard hits if protection fails

Houston, we have a guy that is fully capable of being the epitome of those five bullet points that I mentioned!

I’d like to endorse Case Keenum as our starting quarterback for next season!  The guy is extremely multi-faceted and I believe that he deserves a chance to start under center.

I honestly think that Bill O’Brien‘s offensive style can be personally suited to Keenum’s intangibles that would cause him to thrive.

I may be a bit partial because I love me some University of Houston Football and it was an absolute pleasure watch him do work at The Rob, the Coogs’ former home. I attended every home game this past season with the exception of their match up against BYU.  The reason?  I hit the road out to the Paris of the Plains to catch Case Keenum make his NFL-debut at Arrowhead Stadium against a burgeoning Kansas City Chiefs team!

Anyway, Tyron Carrier was one of his top targets; and, boy did they make some beautiful music together!  He went on to receive for nearly 3,000 yards (nearly 6,000 all-purpose yards) and was instrumental in the team’s exponential success while they were there.  Keenum passed for nearly 20,000 yards in his collegiate career and Carrier helped boost that number plenty to get it to where it ended up.

I feel that the same rapport can be revived with Andre Johnson, who is not pleased with the progress of the development of the current roster.  He was the only quarterback that he seemed to have a connection with this past season and I think there’s a way that this can work.

Andre Johnson isn’t going anywhere but this will be one of the sticking points in regard to getting him to stay.

Keenum passed for about 1,800 yards with nine touchdowns to six interceptions for a 78.2 QB rating in eight games last season.  These numbers are nothing to write home about but they will only increase when Keenum knows the opportunity is there.

Come on, he was in a situation last season where he didn’t know if he was going to start from week-to-week, Gary Kubiak‘s job was in deep jeopardy and he was dealing with a disgruntled QB — Matt Schaub, the one he took the job from — not wanting to give him any help because he wanted it back, plain and simple.

I also didn’t see Johnson get engaged in a shouting match with Keenum last year either.

If Keenum knows he’s the man, then he will excel and exceed expectations that we couldn’t even fathom as fans.

The time is now Bill — start Keenum this season, let Ryan Fitzpatrick back him up and make T.J. Yates the No. 3 quarterback.  The division is still wide open and up for grabs!  With a new defensive scheme and coordinator on deck with Romeo Crennel in charge, our defense will be the prevailing factor in our success.

Just look at my five bullet points.

If you mix Keenum in that formula, WE WILL SUCCEED.  Now it’s time to do it.

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