Case Keenum is suddenly very much in play as the Houston Texans' potential starting quarterback.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak indicated moments ago in his weekly day-after-the-game news conference that Keenum and the presumed No. 2 T.J. Yates are both candidates to start this Sunday's game at 6-0 Kansas City. "I'll prepare both Case and T.J. and we'll go from there," Kubiak said in a presser shown live on HoustonTexans.com.
CultureMap's been calling for Keenum to start since Matt Schaub threw away the Seattle game on Sept. 29 and Kubiak now sounds much more open to the idea.
"He’s got the arm to make all the throws. He moves pretty good as a player."
Schaub is hurt (Kubiak says his availability for the game likely will not be determined until late in the week), Yates struggled in a relief role in the latest blowout loss (albeit in tough circumstances) and Keenum provides a mobile option against a ferocious Chiefs pass rush. Kansas City racked up 10 sacks in a 24-7 dismantling of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
"I think I've got to prepare them both the same," Kubiak said of Yates and Keenum. "It's nothing different. We've got to put the gameplan in and I've got to prepare both of them to play."
Could a new era be starting for the Texans at Arrowhead Stadium? Kubiak was asked more than once if Schaub is sure to start if he's deemed healthy enough to play and the coach didn't give anything close to a direct yes.
Instead, Kubiak noted that he's unsure what Schaub's health situation will be. The Texans' long-time starter received some injections in his battered right ankle and leg on Monday.
As for what's put Keenum — who's gone from going completely undrafted to longshot practice squad guy to contender for the backup job to potential starter in less than 18 months — in this position?
"Well, he’s come a long way," Kubiak said. "He’s got the arm to make all the throws. He moves pretty good as a player. I think he’s come a long way as far as his smarts and understanding our system. He’s been working extremely hard."
Somewhere, 610 AM's extreme Keenum doubter Nick Wright probably just choked up his latest meal.