Why I Would Prefer To See Case Keenum As The Houston Texans Starting Quarterback


There is still a few weeks remaining before the Houston Texans take the field against the Washington Redskins. As of now, Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated to be under center when the Texans take the field against the Redskins defense.

But is that the best option for the Texans?

Realistically, this would likely give the Texans the best shot at “winning”. The reason I put winning in quotation marks is because I don’t think the Texans ultimately “win” by going 7-9 or 6-10 this season and missing the playoffs. As a matter of fact, JUST missing the playoffs is the worst possible thing that could happen to this franchise this season.

Whoever the Texans ultimately decide to start at quarterback, they are likely going to be the worst starting quarterback in the NFL. That’s fine.

Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Fitzpatrick pretty much guarantees the Texans won’t be making the playoffs. I truly believe that. However, starting Case Keenum, may change things.

Keenum is electrifying and a fan-favorite amongst many Texans fan. He also has a long list of issues, which is why he currently isn’t named the starter. To me, Keenum would likely make this Texans team worst, which actually may make this team better.

There is an ever-so-slight chance that Keenum rallies the troops, goes bonkers this season, and pushes the Texans to a 9-7 or 10-6 season, leading them to the playoffs. There is that slight chance it could happen, something I don’t believe Fitzpatrick could pull off.

However, there is a much better chance that Keenum would push this team to a 5-11 record, or even worse, just two, three, or four wins, which again, may actually be better for this franchise.

Of course the Texans do have a lot of things going for them this season that may make Texans fans believe they can still make the playoffs. Easy schedule, relatively healthy start to the season, a brutal 2013 season in one-score games, which should even out this year. Yes, it could happen.

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But I just don’t see it. The Texans still have some issues on the offensive line (they still start Derek Newton…), there is nothing to lead me to believe we will see any improvement from Whitney Mercilus or Brooks Reed, and special teams, save Shane Lechler, will need to have a 180 degree turnaround from last season. Maybe return a kick more than 25 yards for once?

So basically what I’m trying to get at is that the Texans should start Case Keenum. I think the Texans do have a shot at the playoffs, however slim it may be, but I think if there’s one quarterback on this roster that can do it, it’s Case Keenum, not PickPatrick.

Worse case scenario, the Texans go 2-14 again, realize they have nothing with Keenum, start Tom Savage towards the end of the season giving him valuable NFL reps, fire Rick Smith- which should have already happened -, and draft a quarterback at #1.

Either way, I just don’t want to be mediocre, and that’s exactly what Fitzpatrick brings, mediocrity.

Who’s with me?!?