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Friday, October 25, 2013
RTC: How playbook changed for Keenum

By Tania Ganguli

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Some good, meaty and different stuff in the RTC today. Sorry it's a bit late today. Bye week warps time.

Doug Farrar of SI.com goes through All-22 film to break down Case Keenum's performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. He notes that the Texans' play calling, which has been criticized for its rigidity, helped Keenum open things up. As I've said, one of the reasons I hesitate to criticize play calling too much is it often reflects what the coaches know about their players.

University of Houston alumnus Jim Nantz used to talk non-stop about Case Keenum during Keenum's final year at UH, writes Chris Baldwin of Houston Culture Map. Baldwin notes Keenum's size as the reason so many teams stupidly (his word) passed on Keenum in the draft. I've also heard part of what caused teams to overlook Keenum was that despite the fantastic season he had, it was apparent he was still working through his injury recovery.

DeAndre Hopkins rates himself a two out of 10 for how he's performed this season, per Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Hopkins has always been tough on himself, which is why he'll make a good pro. Zangaro also examines the sad state of the Texans draft class. The guy released in September cuts has 3.5 sacks somewhere else. Four of them are on injured reserve. One was a disaster from start to finish. The saving graces of the class are the first rounder, second rounder and sixth-round tight end.