The Texans announced Thursday that quarterback Case Keenumwill start Sunday in Kansas City, a surprising choice since T.J. Yates has more experience and has been the team's backup all year. Matt Schaub is out with an ankle injury. Yates' tentative, mistake-prone performance last week in relief of Schaub must have been a factor. But we believe there is more at play here.
Kubiak often is a very conservative coach when he's calling plays. This is not a conservative move. This is Kubiak going with a young player he believes in, no matter the risk.
"I didn't hesitate cause I feel like we need a spark," Kubiak said. "I think it's the best thing for our team."
Undrafted out of the University of Houston, Keenum spent last year on the practice squad. He challenged Yates for the backup job over the offseason and acquitted himself well in the preseason.
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Romo didn't have to make his first start in the loudest stadium in the league, against the NFL's most ferocious pass rush. The deck is stacked against Keenum.
Kubiak knows it, but it doesn't matter. He's not coaching scared.