Matt Schaub‘s injury in the Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams has muddied up the starting quarterback position for the Houston Texans.
“Here’s what I’ll do. I think Matt’s going to be an end of the week decision, one way or the other. I’ll prepare both Case and T.J. and we’ll go from there at the end of the week,” Kubiak said during a press conference at Reliant Stadium. “I think with Matt, it’s going to be the end of the week before we know anything, so I’ll prepare the other two to play.”
Asked if Schaub will start against Kansas City if he’s healthy, Kubiak said it’s too early to make an announcement.
“We’ll have to see where we’re at,” Kubiak said.
None of Houston’s options seem very appealing at the moment if you are a Texans fan. Schaub set an NFL record with four-straight games of throwing a pick-six before entering Sunday’s game against St. Louis. He looked to be in good shape, throwing for 186 yards and no interceptions, until Chris Long knocked him out of the game. As you can see, his status is in doubt.
T.J. Yates has had some success in the NFL but he threw two interceptions, including a pick-six, against the Rams in relief of Schaub. He’s 2-3 as a starter with a 60.8 career completions percentage, three touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has a playoff win under his belt from 2011, which is one more than the Chiefs franchise has in the last 20 years.
Option number three is Keenum, who has never appeared in regular season game. He set all kinds of NCAA records while at Houston, but went undrafted. He’s considered to be a more mobile quarterback, which may come in handy against a Chiefs defense that will give up rushing yards to quarterbacks.
No matter who starts at quarterback, Kansas City’s primary concern will be stopping Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Limiting their production should help allow the Chiefs pass rush to do their work against whoever starts at quarterback.
After the way the Oakland game went, Houston quarterbacks may be requesting not to play.