As odd as it may seem, the Houston Texans have not one, but two mythical legends in their backup quarterback pantheon. 1st there was “Bengal Killer” T.J. Yates, now there’s #TeamKeenum.
While we all felt the air leave the building when star rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud left last week’s game with a concussion, and the Davis Mills despair came rushing in, very few counted on the magic of #TeamKeenum.
And with the Luv Ya Blue heritage on the line, Keenum stepped up for this great city.
BFD is likely wiping a ceremonial tear from his eye this very moment.
When the Tennessee Titans decided they could mock the great city of Houston by wearing the old Houston Oilers uniforms yesterday, they simply didn’t understand that Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans wasn’t having it.
Best of all? Keenum ran for just eight yards less than Derrick Henry. And Keenum only gained one yard on the ground.
That’s right, the Texans’ defense held Henry to nine total rushing yards, on 16 carries for a whopping .56 yards per carry.
The Texans held Derrick Henry to
16 Carries for 9 Rush Yrds
4 Rec for 1 Rec Yrd
That’s the LEAST amount of Scrimmage Yards by a player with 20+ touches in NFL HISTORY pic.twitter.com/O0ZuQMBHHp
— Apollo Texans (@ApolloTexans) December 18, 2023
Meanwhile, H-Town’s own Devin Singletary gashed the BESF D for 121 yards on 26 carries for 4.65 yards.
Sadly, the game started with former Texans defense coordinator Mike Vrabel mocking legendary Houston coach Bum Phillips.
I’ve seen a lot of bizarre NFL rivalry nonsense over the last 40 years of watching pro ball, but this entire “Let’s impersonate another town’s team” schtick is the most non-sensical of all.
Here’s an idea: how about the BESFs put in the work to build their own identity, player legends, larger-than-life-coaches and give the people of Tennessee something to be proud of. Otherwise, it just plays like sad Texas-wannabes… and Austin has enough of that moving in daily to more than meet the non-existent demand.
Meanwhile, Albert Breer is all aboard the DeMeco Ryans, Nick Caserio and the rest building something new and amazing in H-Town train.
If you feel like Sunday brought more signs the Texans are on the verge of something big, just know you’re not alone. The team itself feels that way. In fact, 12-year vet Case Keenum is so bullish, he couldn’t help but show how he felt about the direction of the franchise right after leading the Texans to a 19–16 overtime win Sunday in Nashville.
The 35-year-old told CBS’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that he sees the Houston Texans as, “top to bottom, one of the best teams in the league.” That got my attention, so I got Keenum on the phone and asked him why he said something that would’ve been incomprehensible three months ago.
“So one, I think it starts with C.J. [Stroud],” Keenum says. “Man, I’ll be honest. I think he’s got a chance to be one of the best of all-time—I really do. I think [he’s a] generational talent, I’ll say that again. Man, the dude is a dog. Great vision, great pocket awareness, is athletic, can move, can make any throw on the field. Strong throws, touch throws, and he’s a great leader. He’s young, but, I mean, he’s mature for his age and then the whole quarterback room in general can play. I’m confident in myself, I’m confident in Davis [Mills].
“And then you go around to the other rooms—like the receiver room… And then you look at the tight end room, Dalton Schultz is having a career year… And then defensively, man, it’s just, it’s so much young talent over there, and the way DeMeco coaches them, it’s special. It’s really cool to see.”
The Texans needed all of that, and then some, to get past the Titans (5–8 coming in and on a short week). But where so many of the Texans’ seven other wins showcased the budding young talent that’s come into the organization, this one was more about the foundation that Ryans is building. And maybe that was best illustrated with a text Stroud sent to Keenum and Mills before the game—and after being ruled out for it with a concussion.
We’re all in this together, Stroud wrote.