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Postgame Quotes. Texans vs Jaguars

Posted Nov 24, 2013

Read postgame comments from Texans players and coaches following Sunday's game.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
T DUANE BROWN
TE GARRETT GRAHAM
WR DEANDRE HOPKINS
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
RB DENNIS JOHNSON
FB GREG JONES
CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
QB CASE KEENUM
ILB DARRYL SHARPTON
DE ANTONIO SMITH
G WADE SMITH
RB BEN TATE
DE J.J. WATT
HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK (Transcribed by Tiffani Walker)
(on how he feels after this game) “Obviously, we didn’t execute worth a darn offensively.  Defensively, we are on the field pretty much the whole football game.  We battled our tails off.  We can always do things better.  But offensively, we just executed extremely poorly on some of the simple things that you have to go do to be successful.  We didn’t do them very well.”
(on how he accounts for what is happening to the offense, specifically no touchdowns in two games)  “That’s a big struggle.  Just looking at it today, like I said, some simple executions, some things, throwing and catching that we normally do pretty well, we didn’t do very well.  I’ve got no excuse for you.  It’s my responsibility for us to get that done and we haven’t done it.”
(on if he’s worried about losing his job after a game like this)  “My answer will never change when you all ask me that.”
(on the play of QB Case Keenum) “What happens is, is that you’re a young player and the more you play, you get played different at times.  And today, really, they didn’t do a whole lot. They played us in just a lot of two-deep and some of the little things.  You’ve just got to go out there and execute and take check-downs and do those types of things.  He got played a little bit different and obviously he can play a lot better.  I have to do a better job with him and (quarterbacks coach) Karl (Dorrell) has to do a better job with him, but we struggled. We struggled to throw and catch and do some of the simple things.”
(on what he does with the quarterback position and if he goes with QB Case Keenum the remainder of the season)  “Right now we just keep going.  We have to get ready to play a great football team next week.  I don’t make decisions after the game, never have, never will.  I have to go see why we played so poorly and go from there.”
(on if he had any thoughts of bringing in QB Matt Schaub today)  “No, because I didn’t have the problem I had last week.  It wasn’t about some schemes we were doing, protection wise.  That was never an issue.  It was about execution.”
(on RB Dennis Johnson)  “I really like what he did.  He’s been doing it in practice and he plays extremely hard.  I think we have to be encouraged by some of the things he’s done.  He was able to hold up in some protection roles today.  I think we have to be excited about some of things he’s done as a young player.”
(on a zone team and changing the offensive line and how it affects the chemistry)  “We’ve been that way for a couple years.  We played successful with that chemistry last year, playing a bunch of people, so that hasn’t changed.”
(on the Jaguars not blitzing a lot today) “No, they didn’t.  They played a lot of two-deep. And came to get us a couple times and we were in the right protection.  We have to make some plays, like the one to (DeAndre) Hopkins there in the fourth quarter.  We pick it up and we have to make those plays.  When they weren’t coming, we weren’t doing a very good job of just executing.”
(on if QB Case Keenum is going backwards with his progress)  “No, I think it’s part of being young. As you play, every guy I’ve ever been around, talented kids that do some good stuff, then the more you play, the more you see, the more it becomes tougher.  I think he’s going through that stretch right now as a player.  But he’s got a lot of ability and if he continues to work through these things he’ll get better.  I know he was very disappointed today, I’m disappointed in me and (quarterbacks coach) Karl (Dorrell), that we didn’t have him in a better position or better prepared because I know he can handle some of that stuff better.
(on the play of RB Ben Tate)  “We had planned on playing DJ (RB Dennis Johnson) some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more.  It’s just the way it happened.  Ben hadn’t been practicing all week; he’s just been playing for us.  Obviously, DJ did some good stuff so I left him in the game.”
(on his thoughts when he hears that the Texans are the worst team in the league right now)  “I’m very disappointed on where we are right now.  We have won two football games and lost a lot of close games over the course.  Obviously, we haven’t played well for various reasons and today offensively we played very poorly.”
(on if he gets more active on the waiver wire with the first choice on waivers)  “I think it’s pretty obvious we’ve been picking up a few guys each week for the last three weeks.”
(on what’s the worst thing about where the team is right now)  “I feel bad for the players.  I feel bad for the organization.  Feel bad for everybody that I’m looking at in that locker room, because they’re working hard.  But the results aren’t very good.  As I told them, the person I look at is myself.  That’s where I go.  I’m the one that’s got to have us playing a hell of a lot better than we’re playing, so I take full responsibility for that.”
(on if he feels bad for himself)  “No, I don’t worry about myself.”
(on if he thinks Texans owner Bob McNair would make any coaching changes at this point in the season)  “Like I said, I answer that question the same all the time.  I don’t worry about that.”
TACKLE DUANE BROWN (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on how unbelievable it is losing today) “Well, we knew we were going to have our work cut out for us. We always expect to win, no matter who your opponent is, but we were hoping to get this streak snapped today, but just a poor performance. That’s what it came down to.” 
(on how the team could just score six points against the Jaguars defense) “Their defense has always played us tough; they are always a very physical defense. We just didn’t capitalize on opportunities. You get down to the 2-yard line, you have to get touchdowns. You can’t settle for a field goal. Just missed opportunities. Too many 3-and-outs. Just a poor performance overall.” 
(on if this is the same old story) “That’s what it seems like. That’s what it’s been. And we have to find a solution somehow, whatever it may be, to stay on the field, to convert third downs, to change field goals in to touchdowns, it’s as simple as that. If you don’t find a way to do that, then it’s going to be hard to be successful.” 
(on how much harder it gets each week of this losing streak) “It’s tough man, because the thing about it – and you know guys are playing – guys are still playing inspired. Guys are going out there and really still giving it their all and trying to find a way to win, and it’s just not happening for whatever reason. That’s the sad part about it. That’s what makes it tough. It’s not a lack of effort, it’s not a lack of want-to, just the execution, penalties, miscues, just hurting ourselves that’s stopping us from being successful.” 
(on if this is the most frustrating time in his football life) “Absolutely. I never imagined losing 9-straight, especially with the team that we have assembled with this group of men here. You never imagined that, but I continue to battle for them, and they’re going to do the same. That’s the good thing about it. We’re not giving up on each other, and we’re going to continue to fight. Just going to get ready for next week.”
(on how different the team is now that it was a month ago with the streak on your mind) “It’s something that we think about – before we were just trying to win; now we’re thinking about trying to snap a losing streak. You’re not thinking about getting your third win, we’re thinking about trying to stop us from losing nine. And now we’re trying to stop from losing 10. It’s tough – it’s a tough deal. But we’re strong mentally and we won’t fold. We’re going to come out next week with the same energy. We just have to be cleaner. Bottom line.” 
(on RB Ben Tate saying he was embarrassed for the city by the way the offense is playing and what he would say to the city) “That sums it up. If you look at the game as a whole and what our defense did to try to keep us in the game, it’s very embarrassing for an offense to go out there and score six points. That’s not us. That’s not us. That’s not the kind of production that we are going for – that’s not the production that we expect of ourselves. We expect to be much more dominant than that. Especially when we’re playing to try to snap an 8-game losing streak or stop a 9-game losing streak.” 
TIGHT END GARRETT GRAHAM (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on the disappointment in this loss) “It was disappointing. Obviously the way we played. Obviously the defense played great – you should win a ball game when they only give up 13 points. So it’s just disappointing.” 
(on if he has ever played in front of a quieter home crowd) “Here? No. I don’t think so. It was pretty quiet.”
(on what adjustments were made at halftime) “We’re always making adjustments – depending on what runs we like or the coverages we’re seeing, what routes we want to run -  just normal stuff that we would do in any game of the season.” 
(on the team being talked about for the first overall pick) “It’s disappointing. We didn’t think we’d be in this situation. Obviously we don’t’ want to be in it. We’re not playing for a pick in the draft, that’s for sure.” 
(on feeling like the team had a chance to go down and score on the last drive) “I mean, they were dropping back in zone. It’s tough – you have to throw in to the coverage or beat them deep, but it’s tough when they’re just sitting back like that at the end.” 
WIDE RECEIVER DEANDRE HOPKINS (Transcribed by Hank Nathan)
(on the deep pass intended for him on the team’s final drive and if he dropped it) “I don’t think I caught it to drop, so I want to say hang on to it. I was trying to stay in bounds. It just wasn’t meant to be I guess.”
(on if the pass intended for him on the final drive was one that he would normally catch) “I’m not sure about that. It was a pretty tough ball. I tried to keep my feet in bounds and it glazed my fingertips. I don’t know. Maybe if I was 6-4, I would have caught it.”
(on if it’s tough to pinpoint what exactly went wrong with the offense today) “It’s a lot of stuff that we can work on to overcome, a better offense. Each guy has to be accountable for his actions.”
(on how he thought QB Case Keenum played today) “I think he played good. We have to go back and watch film, and Case can determine how he played himself. The person to speak on how somebody else played, I don’t know. All I can speak on is how I played.”
WIDE RECIEVER ANDRE JOHNSON (Transcribed by Lance Jaramillo and Shelby Wells)
(on his opinion of today’s game) “We suck as an offense.  That’s pretty much it.”
(on RB Ben Tate feeling embarrassed for the city) “That’s Ben’s opinion.  Everyone has a right to their opinion.  It wasn’t a good showing.  We didn’t play like the way we know how to play.  We haven’t done it all year basically.  Like I said, we suck.  That’s pretty much it.”
(on if this is the lowest point in his Texans career) “I’d probably say so.  It’s been tough.  It’s been frustrating.  If I had to bet my life I wouldn’t think we would be in this position, but it is what it is.  We just got to deal with it and move on.”
(on QB Case Keenum saying he never got in a rhythm) “I don’t think we got in a rhythm at all.  We just didn’t make the plays to get in a rhythm.  If you don’t make the plays then you won’t get in one.  That’s it.”
(on T Duane Brown feeling bad for the city) “You want to go out and play well.  You’re not going to play perfect every single game.  We’re human.  It’s been bad, you know?  They were booing us last week, they booed us before and I said before we’re not putting good stuff on the field for them.  We’re not giving them nothing for them to cheer about.  If they boo, they should boo.  That’s the way Duane feels.  You can apologize and say this and say that all he wants, but if you’re not getting the job done out on the field then it really doesn’t matter.  We’re not getting the job done.”
(on how it feels to not be able to convert short yardage) “It’s frustrating.  You’re supposed to feel like you should take pride in it.  It’s just a yard.  You’d think you can go out and get it, but for some reason we can’t.  So, that’s pretty much been the story the whole season.  It’s no secret; we haven’t been getting the job done.”
(on coaches getting heat after the loss) “I mean, it’s the nature of this business. If you don’t go out there and produce, changes have to be made. That’s just the nature of the business. I’ve seen everybody come and go out of that locker room. I’ve seen it happen and everybody has their day.”
(on if this offseason could be one of those times again) “I don’t know. I don’t make that decision. People upstairs make that decision if so. You’ll have to talk to them about that.”
(on if he thinks this is the worst team in the NFL) “I think our record shows it. Yeah if you look at our record, yeah we’re the worst team.”
(on how painful it is to know that they are the worst team in the NFL) “I mean, you can have all of the talent in the world. Everyone knows this team is talented, but talent only gets you so far. You can have all of the talent in the world but if you don’t go out and make the plays and do what you’re supposed to do then you’re not going to win. Sometimes things look good on paper but when you put it out there on the field and put it in actions sometimes it’s doesn’t work out right. If you go off of talent, then no we’re not the worst team, but if you go off of our record then yeah.”
(on the record being 2-9) “I just explained it to you. If it looks good on paper but you’re not doing it out on the field then it really doesn’t matter. We’re two and nine. That’s what we are and we can’t change it. All we can do is try to win these last few games we have left.”
(on if he thinks he is getting the best from everyone in the locker room every week) “I hope we are. I’m not sitting here watching every single guy, but I would hope we are getting the best from everyone.”
RUNNING BACK DENNIS JOHNSON (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on how tough it was losing today) “It’s tough once you practice all week and come into the game feeling how you feel and then go out there and lose. I mean, yeah it’s got to be tough. It is tough.” 
(on the offense looking flat out there) “Nah, I mean when we are out there on the field, I don’t feel that way. Everybody is out there playing their hearts out; everybody’s giving it their all. We just have to figure out what it is that we’re not doing and just capitalize.” 
(on if he was surprised to get as many touches as he got) “They kept saying I was going to get the ball this week, but I mean, I was kind of surprised. How many did I have? I was happy with them. You can’t ask for more. ” 
(on what Head Coach Gary Kubiak said after the game) “He just talked to us and he told us you just got to keep working. It’s just something out there that we just have to figure out what it is. And once we figure it out, we’ll be good.” 
(on time running out to figure out what is ailing the team) “We still got next year. You can figure it out and still go on. I mean this year too. We can win out and still keep winning.” 
FULLBACK GREG JONES (Transcribed by Hank Nathan)
(on if the loss stings more because it’s against his former team) “Of course. Of course. But at the end of the day, I don’t care who it is, losing the game hurts. I don’t care if it’s I don’t know, a high school team. I want to win and that’s what we’re out there for. We’re out there to win. The past, I don’t how many weeks it’s been, we haven’t won the ball game, so it hurts.”
(on RB Ben Tate saying he’s embarrassed by what’s going on offensively and if he feels that way now) “I’m embarrassed. Games like this, the week next week, I don’t go anywhere. I stay in my house. I don’t want to be seen because putting a bad product out on the field. Yeah, we get to play next Sunday, but it’s going to hurt for a minute.”
(on how tough this season has been for him because he thought it would be a Super Bowl caliber team when he signed here) “It is tough. I didn’t expect it, but that’s why we play the game of football. That’s why we line up on Sunday’s and play. It hurts, but it’s a learning experience. Nothing is given to you. You have to go out there and earn it every Sunday. We haven’t earned it.”
(on if he’s reconsidered his decision to sign here) “No, I’d never do that. I think I made the right decision. It’s a learning experience. Everything happens for a reason. I came here and I learned a lot of new stuff. I learned different stuff about running the football and the blocking scheme. I’m taking it all in stride.”
CORNERBACK JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (Transcribed by Adrian Jones)
(on where this season ranks in his football career) “I have been on a 4-12 team. In fact, two 4-12 teams. I have been on an 8-8 team and a 6-10 team, so this is somewhere in between. We have plenty of talented guys here, but it is about wins and losses. You have the top talent all day, you can be ranked near the top for offense and defense, but if you don’t have wins it doesn’t mean anything.” 
(on difference between preseason expectations and now) “Every team at the beginning of training camp has the same expectations. Make a trip to the playoffs, win your division, and win the Super Bowl. Obviously the expectations this year were what they were due to the last two seasons. But right now, that is all out the window.”
(on if it is more painful losing to a one-win team) “(All the teams) are the same. But this one definitely hurts, because deep down, there is no way we should have lost this game. It doesn’t matter what the score say, I knew we shouldn’t have lost this game. But we lost, so we have to deal with it. It is what it is.”
(on if he can put his finger on what is wrong with the team) “Not at all. We are still searching.”
(on if the team’s problems can be quickly corrected) “It is hard to say. Because one week another thing and the next week it is something else. So we still haven’t played a true perfect game. Every week it is something new that we find a way to lose the game.”
(on if this is the most frustrating team he has been on) “Without a doubt. If you look at some of those other teams (they) weren’t stacked with talent. And the division was stacked itself, when I was in the AFC North. In this division, I think we have the talent to be right at the top of the division without a doubt.”
(on if the nine-game losing streak is embarrassing) “I don’t know. There is nothing we can do about it. We will take whatever comes with it. We put ourselves in this position so we have to deal with it. Nothing to hold our head down about. We still fought. Myself, personally, and the rest of the guys, I don’t think anyone is walking around with their head down. But at the same time, you have to have some terrible feeling in your stomach losing nine games. It doesn’t matter what sport it is. Doing anything and losing nine times in a row is going to hurt.”
(on if they felt lifeless during the beginning of today’s game) “I wouldn’t say we were lifeless. They made a couple of plays on us. Usually if you watch every football game it is going to go one way or another in the beginning because most teams gameplan. You have a script for the first fifteen plays, and either the first fifteen is going to work or it is not going to work. That is why you see some teams start off hot or start off slow.”
QUARTERBACK CASE KEENUM (Transcribed by Mia Fredricks & Cali Roper)
(on whether he was shaken after being pulled last week) “No, that didn’t shake my confidence.”
(on his anticipation during passes after having thrown a pick last week) “Yeah, I was a little hesitant on certain plays. For whatever reason, I was out of my rhythm. I just had bad fundamentals and I wasn’t trusting what I was seeing and letting the ball go. Like you said, it wasn’t good.”
(on what he contributes his lack of success during this game to) “I don’t know. I just feel uncomfortable being off rhythm, being hesitant, not making the right decisions, and when I do make the right decisions, being hesitant. I have to go watch the film and see. I’m frustrated right now. I am very disappointed in myself because not only for me, but for letting everyone down in that locker room. You can turn on the film and I’m going to go watch it, but we had guys open. We had the right play calls, and I didn’t hit them, I didn’t see them, I didn’t make the plays, and I think this one is very disappointing because I was a big part of that loss. Letting guys down in that locker room, letting guys down on our offense, it’s tough.”
(on how he can recover and move forward from this loss) “All good quarterbacks, and I’ve always said this, have amnesia. We learn from what has past, and we forget about it and move on. That’s something I can look at the film and look at what I did this week and maybe relook at my mindset, see where my mind is right now, and keep plugging away. Keep getting better and learn from it, and don’t ever let this happen again.”
(on if being pulled from last week’s game had any mental effects) “No, like I answered that question last week, I want what’s best for this team. I know that every decision that Coach (Gary) Kubiak makes is for that purpose. As far as my confidence in that, there was no issue. All of it tonight was just on the field. That is where my mind was. With moving the ball, I just didn’t make the plays when I needed to.”
(on feelings about progressions of reads) “Like I said, I wasn’t as good as I needed to be. I missed reads tonight. For whatever reason, like I said, I hesitated. I saw what I saw and they did a lot of stuff that we saw on film. I studied well this week. The middle of those we were getting, but then I hesitated here. It’s a tough league and you can’t do that. You have to be full-go all of the time. Being a hair off will screw you up.”
(on what you contribute to successful go route from earlier this year) “With the defense they are in, they do a good job of mixing it up and playing two deep safeties, corner bit at the time. Also, really with rolling down to one safety, and playing deep or playing off of the receiver, but I just didn’t come up and call that play a lot. I went other places with the ball.”
(on feeling of having right to calling own audible)  “I had a key in the run game that whatever they do, we change the play.”
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER BROOKS REED (Transcribed by Hank Nathan)
(on if the intensity has still been there on the field to win an NFL game) “Yeah. I think, just looking at practice, we’re still up beat. We’re still trying to win games and that’s the way we have to keep doing it, and not fall apart and keep sticking together.”
(on if he’s worried that this becomes the tipping point losing to a 1-9 team) “I don’t know. We’ll see. All I can do is try and get better and just try to do my best.”
(on what he would do if he owned this franchise) “I don’t know. That’s not my place to say. As a player, all I can do and all I can control is myself and how I conduct myself throughout the week and prepare.”
(on if the players talk about how their performance can affect Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s job) “I guess. We’re trying to do the best we can with what we’ve got. It’s going to be the same very week. We’re going to prepare as hard as we can. We’re just itching for a win here and we’re preparing our hardest. That’s all I can say.”
LINEBACKER DARRYL SHARPTON (Transcribed by Trevor Caswell)
(on direction of the Texans following the loss) “We are not giving up and we are not laying down. We are still going to practice as hard as we can. We still have a whole lot of fight in us. We are going to get back to work and keep working hard.” 
(on trying to stop the losing streak) “We just have to turn things around. I don’t have an answer, but all I can say is we are going to keep fighting.” 
(on the pregame mentality of the team) “We go into the game expecting to win. The outcome was not in our favor and everybody is disappointed and I am disappointed; I am not going to stop fighting and I plan to come back even harder next week.”
(on maintaining focus after offensive turnovers) “This is a team and we have each other’s back. If the defense is struggling, then the offense has our back and vice versa. I just think we have to keep fighting. We just need to come together as a team and just fight, fight, fight.”
(on importance of leadership when team is behind) “That is when leaders have to step up and tell guys, ‘Hey don’t get down, don’t get distracted, don’t get into a tank; let’s get our spirits high, keep fighting, and stay on course’.”
DEFENSIVE END ANTONIO SMITH (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on if this was an embarrassing loss) “Yeah it’s embarrassing because you’re having a competition and you lose, but you’re still a man out there. I think everybody out there fought their heart out. It seems like that’s the story at the end of each game – you’re fighting your heart out, but at the end of each game we still don’t have a win.” 
(on if he is worried that Head Coach Gary Kubiak will be fired) “I’m big on feelings – on feelings and a vibe-type of person, and I really don’t have that vibe. I haven’t got that vibe for Mr. McNair or Kubs (Head Coach Gary Kubiak). I think that this year has taken a toll on a lot of folks – Kubs especially. I don’t sense it from him. But I do sense a big disappointment from him, but not a ‘this is the end, my job is over’ type of thing. He’s really trying to figure out what can be done.” 
(on what he would do if he was the owner) “I don’t really think I could be the owner of a team and make decisions like that. That’d probably be one of the hardest decisions. It’s hard for me to think in a business sense because I’m a  passionate person and in believe in faith in relationships, so that’s not a good question to ask me.” 
(on his belief in the guys in the locker room, on feeing that there is no way this team should be 2-9) “That’s exactly my feeling. It’s like I said just a second ago, you’re almost like, what is this and what can be done?” 
(on what happened on his 15-yard penalty) “Football, man. I got two guys on me; I’m trying to get my head down to make the play. You can’t hit him face-to-face, so I’m trying to get my head down. I asked the ref, because it’s getting outrageous to me and it’s kind of hard, especially since they’re taking so much money, and all you’re trying to do is play football. They’re only protecting one side of the ball. It gets frustrating, but you still want to abide by the rules. So I asked him ‘what happened, what did I do?’ and he basically said ‘even when you’re going low, you think you’re going low, he said the crown of your helmet is so high,’ so I guess he was describing me what’s been happening all throughout this year is I guess the crown of our helmets are hitting the bottom of quarterback’s helmets and he said he’s just got to throw the flag. And that’s kind of frustrating. When you can hit them low, and when I can hit them low, I always hit them low, but when you have two guys on you, one holding you up here and there, and you’re just trying to get to him, swinging and you can’t really control your body when you have to control somebody else’s force against your body while you’re still trying to make a play. I was just playing football.” 
(on the energy being different today) “I did feel that – the energy did feel different. I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out what it is because I’ve felt it for weeks now. It goes up and it goes down, and it goes up and it goes down, it’s not a constant, and we need it to be consistent. But like I said, when you don’t have a lot of positive reinforcement, you have to dig down deep inside you as a man and basically you got to turn it to ‘mano-y-mano,’ beat the man in front of you. Because there hasn’t been a lot going our way this year, from calls, to wins all the way to winning the game. So I don’t know how you would get that energy back. I’ve been trying for the last nine weeks.”
(on the effort he sees from the players in the locker room) “This is the hardest I’ve seen us play – even in winning-times. When we were on the high life. We started off 11-1 or something like that. I see guys playing harder now then I saw then. I see guys flying around – just finding something deep down inside, just to find a play to make us win. That’s all I see out there. I don’t’ know why it isn’t working out in our favor, but that’s what I see.” 
GUARD WADE SMITH (Transcribed by Matt Bodiford)
(on not capitalizing in the red zone) “We got down there, and ran the ball a couple times, then on third down threw a fade and didn’t execute it. We just didn’t get it done.”
(on if this loss is embarrassing) “This is the NFL, so everybody that you play you respect. They get paid to play too. Bottom line is we didn’t play well today.”
(on what the defense did to get pressure on QB Case Keenum) “That’s a tough question; we didn’t do as great of a job as we could have. Sometimes they bring more people than you can block, sometimes you don’t block them as well as you should. There’s always room for improvement. Bottom line is even if I felt like we played well or whatever we weren’t good enough to win, and that’s the bottom line.”
(on where this ranks in your career as far as where the Texans are right now) “I don’t know man. I’m just disappointed in what we’re doing out there right now. Defensively they held up their end of the bargain, and offensively we didn’t. It’s just frustrating.”
(on losing nine games in a row) “It’s tough; this game will humble you really quick. I think just where we were looking at things going into the season, and where things are now. It’s totally night and day. It’s kind of surreal, and you’re just trying to find a way to get out of it. We’ve been putting out the same things week by week, and somehow we have to be able to get out of it.”
RUNNING BACK BEN TATE (Transcribed by Adrian Jones)
(on if this is the team’s lowest loss since being a member of the team) “Definitely, no doubt. I respect the Jaguars, but I just never thought, since I have been on this team, that is something that would happen. Especially in the way it happened.” 
(on if he was surprised at the number of carries during today’s game) “When DJ (Dennis Johnson) got in there, we were doing a good job. He was getting some lanes to run through. So he got hot, and I told him to keep going. I never get mad at that if I see he is doing well. At the time he was doing better than I was. So I just told him to keep going and he did a good job today.”
(on if he is worried of the job security of head coach Gary Kubiak) “I can’t worry about his job security. Right now I have to focus on doing my job. If I do my job and we start getting some (wins) than that won’t be an issue.”
(on status of his injured ribs) “They are OK.”
(on why and how team has reached the point it is currently standing) “I don’t know. You can’t sit back and look at every little thing and say this is why we are losing. At the end of the day it comes down to we need to make more plays than the other team makes, and the other teams are making more plays right now.”
(on if there is a lack of intensity among players) “I don’t know. To be honest with you, it is hard to keep that intensity at a high level when you are going through something like this. We are all human beings. So maybe we do need to raise our level of intensity a little bit. But at the same time, it is tough.”
(on if this loss is embarrassing) “It is very embarrassing, especially when we got out and play the way we play on offense, execute and do things right. I felt very embarrassed. As a whole, everyone has to be held accountable. I feel very embarrassed and bad for the city.”
(on struggles of QB Case Keenum during today’s game) “It falls on everyone. We all struggled today. It is not just one person. Offense is a unit. It is not a defensive thing were one person can save the play. Ten people can be out of place and one person can save the day. On offense we need all eleven working together.”
(on if he feels bad for criticism that head coach Gary Kubiak will receive) “Of course. His goal was definitely to bring a Super Bowl to this city. This is his city; it is where he grew up. So it is extra tough on him.”
DEFENSIVE END J.J. WATT (Transcribed by Trevor Caswell)
(on RB Ben Tate’s apology to the city for team performance) “This isn’t what anybody expected. It sucks and it’s not very fun.”
(on RB Ben Tate’s opinion that the team is lacking the intensity it needs to win) “We just need to find a way to win it’s as simple as that.”
(on anticipating changes in the offseason) “Offseason is a long ways away. I have a game to worry about this week and that is all that I am worried about.”
(on emotions during the game) “I wake up and get excited. I come to the stadium and go out and do my pre-game routine. I come out to play and I am intense, focused, and excited. I play as hard as I can possibly play. Over the last nine weeks I have come back here, take a shower, and become extremely frustrated.”
(on this season being the most frustrating in entire football career) “Yeah, by far.”
POSTGAME QUOTES FROM JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
HEAD COACH GUS BRADLEY
DE TYSON ALUALU
DE JASON BABIN
S JOHNATHAN CYPRIEN
QB CHAD HENNE
RB MAURICE JONES-DREW
LB PAUL POSLUSZNY
WR DENARD ROBINSON
WR CECIL SHORTS
HEAD COACH GUS BRADLEY (Transcribed by Ellie Pardee)
(on the game) “First of all, what I’m most pleased about was it was a total team effort. We needed all three phases: offense, defense, special teams. We had adversity along the way too, some opportunities with the offense where we got to second and long, third and long, but we battled through all of that adversity with all three phases, we held strong and another opportunity for us to validate, kind of what we’re all about. We talked about I think earlier this week that we really had a good week of practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and how cool is it to come out and then perform like we did, well enough to where we felt like we really did get better, then we trust the results will come. That’s what happened. Pleased with our overall effort. I know just getting the final stats, some things that showed up defensively, 218 or 219 yards of offense consistently getting better week in and week out with the running game, still need to work on getting takeaways in the red zone, red zone fringe. To keep a team like that to six points is a big deal. Offensively, we got the run game going a little bit. I think Mojo (Maurice Jones-Drew) averaged six yards a carry, so important to this game to solidify some of the run opportunities. I credit our offensive coaching staff, the players for sticking with and it’s going to be one yard, two yards, one yard, but there’s going to be opportunities to break one, and that’s what happened today. It was critical to our success. Then special teams, I know we got the one block, but Josh (Scobee) did a nice job along with Bryan (Anger).” 
(on the last play going to Ryan Davis) “Isn’t that great? You know the guys are so happy for him. You know, you celebrate the victories; you celebrate the plays within the game that are huge plays for guys where really it was a hustle play. He was rushing, came out of the sack and was there for a tip. You know, again, it validates what we’ve been talking about. So many phrases, catch phrases that we use with the defense to really encourage them to use good technique. That was one of them there.” 
(on establishing the run game early with Maurice Jones-Drew) “Well I think we just, you know it is a process up front and we had good blocking up front. I thought it was more consistent blocking, and that’s what we were striving for. We’ve talked about as a team, we’ve started well at times, we’ve finished well at times, but we needed to do it all the way through the whole game. That was really the emphasis this week. The first half we started well, second half to come up and finish like we did, you know it’s a credit to our whole team, but our offense for the run game. I think they’re getting the feel for it.” 
(on limiting Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson) “We had good rush. I don’t know how many sacks we got but we had good pressure. We had good awareness as far as our coverage and our zone drops, without getting too far out of whack. I think we had great awareness where we were. We had a couple things in there for him to be aware of him. I think our guys had a good awareness, Winston Guy’s big hit on him, just where he was on the field without losing focus on all the phases too with the run game.” 
(on going for it on fourth down at the start of the game) “I just felt like at that time we wanted to go for it early in the game, we preach to our players that we’re going to be bold when opportunities present themselves. I just felt like that was the opportunity to demonstrate that again to the team.” 
(on three straight games scoring in the opening drive) “Obviously it’s not a bad thing. We’ll take that. It’s a credit to Jedd (Fisch) to get our guys in good position to make plays, and then for the guys to come through. The ace third down, a critical play in the game, huge explosive play. I think with our offense we’re finding out that we have to generate explosive plays somehow in order to help us be more successful. They were big plays in that first drive.” 
(on the big play in the first drive coming after a sack) “I think this team, what we’ve talked about, they don’t flinch. They just go out there, it doesn’t matter if we start out with no wins, we get sacked on the first play of the game, it’s a credit to our guys to battle. There was one time this season where I think we questioned if we played as hard as we could have, but they really demonstrated that’s who they are, and the ability not to flinch in that situation was great.” 
(on if QB Chad Henne took a beating today) “I’ll have to see. I know he got hit a couple of times, but again he showed great courage standing in there.” 
(on forcing the Texans to face adversity late in the game) “Right, it was. The offense, defense, special teams, we together with four minutes left to go in the game. We earned a first down on offense, and then we punted the ball. Great punt by Bryan (Anger). Then defensively we went out there and got the interception. There’s so many things that when you have success, you have victory like this, so many things you can point out that lead up to it. That’s what I’m most pleased about. It wasn’t by accident.” 
(on WR Cecil Shorts III getting touches early) “Well I think it was good. For him, he knows that the statement he made was strong. I was really excited for him because he came out this week and had opportunities and really captured it. So it’s great for him as well.” 
(on being able to relate to what the Texans are going through right now) “Well, we don’t think too much about the other teams. We just really concentrate on where we’re at and what we need to do. The NFL, it’s tough man. It is tough to get a victory. I think you just have to stay true. I know I can just speak for ourselves, and you just battle through it but you need the team to stay strong which our team illustrated.” 
(on telling Chad Henne at the end of the game to be bold) “Yeah I told him, I said, ‘obviously the goal is to run all four minutes off the clock, but let’s not just run the ball three times. Let’s stay true to who we are and let’s try to, if we need to throw the ball, let’s be wise in our decisions in how we throw it and precede from there.’” 
(on waiting for the right moment to run wildcat with Denard Robinson) “Yeah we were. They had a big run against them last game in the wildcat, so it was again another opportunity for us to be bold and looking for an opportunity to get an explosive play.” 
(on if this win will help push the team to the finish line) “Well I don’t know. I think it helps. I think anytime you can have a victory it’s good for morale, but I never thought our morale was down. I never thought that our players were ever close to losing that. I think each week we become stronger and stronger. So hopefully this will add to it. The challenge will be to continue our focus on just getting better and improving. I told them in there that the road to success is always under construction. We have to have that mindset that we’re always looking for ways to get better along the way.” 
(on defense improving over the last few games) “Well, against the run, you know I think it’s more something that we’re conducive to seeing. After that bye week we kind of reanalyzed things. We have belief in it, I think it was something we had to really stick to it and the guys had to get a feel for how the defense played out. They’re getting a better feel for it right now.” 
DEFENSIVE END TYSON ALUALU (Transcribed by Joshua Moon)
(on the team’s performance today) “It definitely feels good.  We were waiting for a game where we can produce in all three phases and we did that today.  We still have to watch film, but it definitely feels good.”
(on the team getting better) “All of our hard work and the practice we put in is starting the show.  It’s all about trusting the process.  The victories will come.  It feels good to stack up these wins.”
(on what worked for the defense today to stop the powerful Texans offense) We just came out each play and tried to do our jobs.  It came down to knowing our job, doing our job, and competing.  Our coaches tell us to go out, compete, and get better and that was our approach today.  We came out with the victory.”
DEFENSIVE END JASON BABIN (Transcribed by Matt Bodiford)
(on getting a win against a team you’ve played for) “It feels good to get a win period. We’ve been doing some good things, and finally we’re victorious. It feels good just winning period.”
(on what has been done to get back on track after the bad start) “Really it was just growing and learning. We’re as a team from positions to the whole defense to the calls everyone is kind of learning what everyone is good at. What we are and who we are pieces are starting to fall into place, it’s starting to make sense and we’re starting to get an identity.”
(on getting a win against a team that was considered a Super Bowl contender) “Well in the NFL anything can happen in any given year. They definitely were in the beginning of the season, but they are having some struggles this year. We obviously have had some similar struggles.”
(on what he believes is causing the Texans to struggle) “Well you have the injury situation, and there are a lot of things that happen that you don’t foresee or you don’t have control over.”
(on if he prepared for QB Matt Schaub) “We knew that was an option going in. We felt pretty good that Case (Keenum) was going to be at quarterback.”
(on what he did do prepare for QB Case Keenum) “Well we knew he didn’t like to stay in the pocket, that wasn’t his thing. We had a lot of blitzes up the middle trying to get in his face. We knew he liked to scramble, so we designed in practice some stuff that way.”
(on facing the Texans again in two weeks) “Yeah, it’ll be different. They did some things well there towards the end of the game. Running the ball, and did some things well throwing, so I’m sure they’ll look at that and try to replicate that.”
SAFETY JOHNATHAN CYPRIEN (Transcribed by Joshua Moon)
(on the team getting two wins in the last three weeks) “Coming off the bye week, it’s big.  I am just proud of our whole team’s attitude starting with the coaches.  It shows us a lot.  It shows us that the coaches really want us to win.”
(on the defense’s performance today) “We did a great job of tackling.  We limited the explosive plays.  I don’t know how many exactly, but there weren’t much.  We got to the ball and made the tackle.  We got our energy and juice up, which made us play with some spirit.”
(on holding WR Andre Johnson to two catches) “He’s a great player.  He has been doing this for years.  He’s a big part of their offense.  I believe the whole defense took it to heart to what was coming from him.  Things that came in practice definitely came in the game and we capitalized on it.”
QUARTERBACK CHAD HENNE
(on play to Jacksonville WR Ace Sanders on first drive of the game) “They were playing cover one and we ran so many routes where Ace was doing one thing and we kind of just switched it up and he just came wide open.  They were over the top and Ace made a good play and converted the third down.”
(on if Jacksonville WR Cecil Shorts got in to a rhythm with early touches) “Yeah, I think so.  We addressed that all week and if Cecil was one-on-one and we had him in the progression number one, he’s going to get the ball and he had his opportunities out there and it was good to see him make some big time catches.”
(on seeing the running game get going) “It was great. I’ve been saying the running game only helps the passing game.  So, if you can run the ball and keep a balance, you keep those guys up front honest so they can’t just tee off and rush the passer.  I’m really excited about it and we just have to continue to get better in the run game and keep on addressing it week in and week out.”
(on making protection adjustments after getting knocked down repeatedly in the first quarter) “We knew we were giving our guys one-on-one matchups at times and they’re a good defensive front.  You just have to sit in there and sometimes you’re going to get hit and sometimes you’re not, but overall the offensive line did a good job. For the most part we got the ball out on time and really fought through and did really well.”
(on having momentum after winning twice in three weeks) “Yeah, just stay the course.  We believe in who we are as a team and that’s what (Jacksonville head coach) Gus (Bradley) has been preaching to us.  Don’t steer away from what we’re trying to get accomplished.  We’re two and one after the bye week and just have to keep on feeling this taste in our mouth to continue to get better, keep practicing the way we are and good results will happen.”
(on how significant the improvement has been after the bye week) “I think it’s definitely significant.  I think we all took a step back, we looked at one another, we looked at ourselves and individually we needed to improve and I think we put it on ourselves to get better and if we get better as individuals, we felt that was going to help out the team. I think a lot of guys individually have gotten better and we just have to keep continuing that success.”
(on first drive, third and goal from the one, if he was looking for Jacksonville C Mike Brewster) “Yeah, he was on a corner route and I guess they smelled a rat, kind of got out there, covered it and they covered that play pretty well.  I think we had (the play) in for two weeks, but he’s our normal three tight end set on the goal line, so we’ve been getting him involved down there.”
RB MAURICE JONES-DREW
(on blocking from offensive line) “Blocking was phenomenal. First couple of weeks we were having trouble kind of getting it right and this new running scheme was a little different. As the weeks went on, we’re getting better. Right now we’re playing our highest in the run game. Mixing up inside zone, outside zone, our gap scheme. Our offensive line is doing a great job. I think there was one run where I didn’t get touched until I got tackled. When you get things like that, you continue to build off of that.”
(on being versatile by attacking inside and out) “Well, especially when you have (DE) J.J. Watt on the other side, you have to give him a lot of respect. He does a great job for them. He disrupts. Both him and (DE) Antonio Smith, they do a great job. You kind of have to keep them guessing a little bit. We did a great job. Like I said, our offensive line came up and handled a challenge and did a great job. You have to be able to move, double team, single block them, cut them. You have to do everything to them just to keep them off balance. They’re going to make plays like they did, but at the same time we have to continue to keep fighting and that’s what we did.”
(on getting more active in the passing game) “It just depends on what the coverage dictates. We’ve been playing a lot of teams that play a lot of man, and so it’s tough to get check downs verses man. Houston kind of played a little more zone than what we thought they were going to play and we were able to get the ball down to the back. We were also able to take shots as well so we can get the backs involved. You see everybody got around and touched the ball, so it’s exciting to see that.”
(on winning two out of three of the last games) “We’re just having fun. At the end of the day, starting off 0-8 can be miserable. You know, depending on how your coach is handling it, how other players handle it, but Gus is a stickler on being positive, just playing music and having a good time. If you guys heard our locker room before the game, you probably thought it was a club because they were playing music before we went out. We just want to have fun and enjoy it. It’s a privilege to be here and that’s something Gus preaches. When you have guys like (DE) Ryan (Davis) come off the practice squad and end the game with a pick, it just shows we’re going to continue to build on those things and enjoy doing it. You can see a lot of guys love to be around each other. We all hang out together and at practice we’re having a good time challenging each other and competing. Today we just went out there and wanted to play well, obviously we know we had a great challenge in playing the Texans, but we just wanted to go out there and prove on what we’ve done in the past and I thought we did that today.”
(on what QB Chad Henne showed the offense) “We’ve always known Chad could do that. Even from last year, you know going against a team that has dominant players on defensive line, you know you’re going to get some pressure. All week we preached that we’re going to do everything we can to help, but sometimes those guys are going to make plays and Chad understood that. He stayed in the pocket, took some hits, got the ball out on time. Guys were making plays catching the ball with guys on their back. When you can do things like that it makes a quarterback much more comfortable. Obviously we know Chad can make some plays if we give him time.”
(on seeing anything similar between the Texans and Jaguars) “No, they were playing hard. That’s all you can do right now when you’re in the similar situation like the both of us are. You just go out there and play hard. It’s tough. You guys are different. They said you guys were going to win the Super Bowl or go to the Super Bowl and you are where you are and it’s a tough situation, but you guys have some great guys that are going to keep battling. I know I got into it a little bit with 51(LB Darryl Sharpton) and it just shows the intensity they’re going to play with on defense. You just have to keep fighting through those things.”
(on feeling for what the Texans are going through) “I don’t feel for anybody but the Jaguars. I can’t feel for anybody else. We have our own problems we have to deal with.”
(on if it feels good to beat the Texans) “No, it’s not about beating them at the end of the day. It’s about we improved on some things we needed to improve on to play well on every side of the ball. Special teams played well. Obviously (WR) (Keshawn) Martin had a great return last week. We kind of held him. Our offense was able to throw the ball, run the ball well. I think it was our first 100-yard game as a team. Defense played well against a high-octane offense, regardless of who’s at quarterback. Texans were able to throw the ball, move the ball up and down the field. Obviously, you have (WR) Andre Johnson, (RB) Ben Tate, (TE) (Garrett) Graham, you’ve got some guys that can play and we did a great job against them.”
(on what happened with Texans as they’re on a losing streak) “It’s football. Injuries happen. It’s just, things happen in football. That’s why no one cares about preseason numbers. You can’t tell me, I guess I’m just a bad guy, you can’t tell me every year that when I come in we won’t have an opportunity to win because you see teams like that, that everyone says is supposed to win, have the opportunity to lose and so in this game you can’t buy championships like you can in other sports. You have to earn them each week and that’s just part of it.” 
(on having the running game going) “We did well against the Niners I thought. We’ve done well against the Seahawks. It’s just the run game kind of clicked today. We were able to mix inside zone, outside zone, power scheme. We were able to keep their guys off balance a little bit. Like I said, credit to the offensive line and the guys blocking; our full back, our tight ends, receivers downfield. That helps us in the play action pass as well. I thought today was our best game of being a balanced offense. Run, play action pass, quick game, you know. Guys were making plays.”
(on the lift the team got during three and outs) “Our defense has been playing lights out all year and as an offense we’ve been going three and out. One of our goals was to get long drives without turnovers and we know our defense can play well if they’re given the opportunity to and get rest and get out there and play fast and that’s what they did. We were getting three-and-outs after the first series so those guys are starting to play together and they’re starting to understand the scheme and that’s a big part of it. When you have a new scheme, when you have new guys, you have to kind of get that trust you know the guys going to be there and you’re starting to get that in all three phases I think. We just want to continue to work on that. Obviously we’re excited that we beat the Texans, but we have another tough task in Cleveland. It’s going to be cold. They’re a team that’s playing well and they have some playmakers on both sides of the ball. We’re excited about this, but we have to get back and get ready to go.” 
(on toughness of selling players the constant message of improving week to week without any results) “Well, part of that is when you go to your team meeting on Monday and they’re playing music. Gus does a great job of keeping the atmosphere and the culture of this deal light. It’s always positive. Even though there are some negative things that may happen, he finds a way to bring the positive out of it. We were watching the Jackson 5 perform on the Apollo. We were watching them this week. It had nothing to do with Houston, but it was just awesome. What he does, he just continues to keep pushing on. You go 0-8, and I’ve been around this league a long time, you rarely see a coach give you a week off after going 0-8 because you deserved it. When you see those things and he keeps believing in you, guys tend to keep fighting and that’s what we’ve done and we’re going to keep doing it. It’s a great win for us, we played well, but we can get better at some things and we will get better at some things.”
(on QB Chad Henne staying in the pocket) “Even from last year seeing Chad stay in the pocket, we knew going into this game it was going to be hard to contain that defensive line. They’re going to make plays. We wanted to minimize it as much as possible, but they were going to make plays. When you have your receivers catching the ball with guys on their back, when you have your quarterback staying in there, guys fighting and scratching to try to do whatever they can to keep that pocket clean, it was just a team effort. Obviously, when you stand in the pocket and take hits like that, it makes guys want to go out there and make plays for you. He made some great throws. We believe in him and we believe in our system. We’re going to keep fighting and working for it.”
LINEBACKER PAUL POSLUSZNY (Transcribed by Matt Bodiford)
(on winning back to back road games for the first time since 2008) “Yeah it’s been a long time since we’ve had a feeling like this. It was great for us to go on the road, play a division opponent and get a win. Getting a win in this fashion, when comes down to it, you have to play strong for all four quarters. We were able to finish out the game, and that was great for us.”
(on winning more to validate the progress that has been made week-to-week) “It means a lot to us, because we’re preparing well throughout the week. Our coaches are telling us that we are doing what we need to do, but we haven’t had the performances we’ve wanted on Sunday. Now we’re starting to get there. We’re obviously not anywhere where we want to be, but we’re starting to put together really solid work weeks, and we’re seeing some of it now come out on Sundays. That’s great we’re headed in the right direction.”
(on the defensive effort today) “I think the D-line (defensive line) did an unbelievable job. They had a couple of runs on us, but it’s going to happen. Our D-line did a great job of stopping the run, and we were able to get pressure on the quarterback when we needed to.”
(on the difference between them and the Houston Texans) “I can’t speak on their behalf. I know this: we have the utmost respect for Houston. We play them twice a year, and have respect for the type of players they have. They have stud players, and sometimes things happen and they don’t work out the way you want them to. I think with us, our coaching staff the way coach (Gus) Bradley has been able to keep us on track has really helped us out.”
(on the game plan for Houston QB Case Keenum) “It started with us wanting to play well against the run. We felt like if we could do that then we’d be more solid for the play action pass, and the boot game which we all know Houston does real well. That was the main thing if we could be really solid in the running game that’ll put us in some situations with third and long and we could really put some pressure on the quarterback.”  
WIDE RECEIVER DENARD ROBINSON (Transcribed by Matt Bodiford)
(on being prepared to run a play where you throw the ball) “I’m always warmed up; I do a little throwing before the game. They called it, and at the end of the day I was saying let’s do it. The play opened up like we thought it would, the safety came down. The guy was all over Cecil (Shorts III) so it was tough for him to catch. Next time he’ll come down with it, he promised me that.”
(on the game today) “It was good game. We had fun with it. I think it was a hard fought game, and the defense played a great game. Our offense came out and played great football. Mojo (Maurice Jones-Drew) ran the ball well today.”
(on the play of RB Maurice Jones-Drew) “That’s the Juice Man right there. That’s what he does; he goes out and gets the job done. That’s what he did today; he went out had fun and competed.”
WIDE RECEIVER CECIL SHORTS (Transcribed by ReShun Gilmore)
(on coming out of Houston with a divisional win) “Well we knew divisional games are always going to be tough, especially with the Texans. We didn’t look at their record. They have good players and a good team on both sides of the ball. We knew it would be a tough game, but like Coach said, we prepared great this week. We had a good week at practice and we came in here and executed enough to win the game.”
(on the offensive execution) “Well, we knew it would be tough to run the ball. You have (J.J.) Watt and (Antonio) Smith down there. Their whole defensive front seven is pretty good, so we knew we had to mix up the run and the pass. But we actually got some good runs in there. We got some special runs and some special pass plays in, too. So overall, I think we did a good job.”
(on what this win means for the team) “It’s exciting. Since the bye week, we’ve been 2-1. The first eight games we were 0-8 and since then we’ve been 2-1. Our mind is focused on Cleveland coming up  next week, so we’re going to stay positive, keep working hard and try to get better next week.”
HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
T DUANE BROWN
TE GARRETT GRAHAM
WR DEANDRE HOPKINS
WR ANDRE JOHNSON
RB DENNIS JOHNSON
FB GREG JONES
CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
QB CASE KEENUM
ILB DARRYL SHARPTON
DE ANTONIO SMITH
G WADE SMITH
RB BEN TATE
DE J.J. WATT
HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK (Transcribed by Tiffani Walker)
(on how he feels after this game) “Obviously, we didn’t execute worth a darn offensively.  Defensively, we are on the field pretty much the whole football game.  We battled our tails off.  We can always do things better.  But offensively, we just executed extremely poorly on some of the simple things that you have to go do to be successful.  We didn’t do them very well.”
(on how he accounts for what is happening to the offense, specifically no touchdowns in two games)  “That’s a big struggle.  Just looking at it today, like I said, some simple executions, some things, throwing and catching that we normally do pretty well, we didn’t do very well.  I’ve got no excuse for you.  It’s my responsibility for us to get that done and we haven’t done it.”
(on if he’s worried about losing his job after a game like this)  “My answer will never change when you all ask me that.”
(on the play of QB Case Keenum) “What happens is, is that you’re a young player and the more you play, you get played different at times.  And today, really, they didn’t do a whole lot. They played us in just a lot of two-deep and some of the little things.  You’ve just got to go out there and execute and take check-downs and do those types of things.  He got played a little bit different and obviously he can play a lot better.  I have to do a better job with him and (quarterbacks coach) Karl (Dorrell) has to do a better job with him, but we struggled. We struggled to throw and catch and do some of the simple things.”
(on what he does with the quarterback position and if he goes with QB Case Keenum the remainder of the season)  “Right now we just keep going.  We have to get ready to play a great football team next week.  I don’t make decisions after the game, never have, never will.  I have to go see why we played so poorly and go from there.”
(on if he had any thoughts of bringing in QB Matt Schaub today)  “No, because I didn’t have the problem I had last week.  It wasn’t about some schemes we were doing, protection wise.  That was never an issue.  It was about execution.”
(on RB Dennis Johnson)  “I really like what he did.  He’s been doing it in practice and he plays extremely hard.  I think we have to be encouraged by some of the things he’s done.  He was able to hold up in some protection roles today.  I think we have to be excited about some of things he’s done as a young player.”
(on a zone team and changing the offensive line and how it affects the chemistry)  “We’ve been that way for a couple years.  We played successful with that chemistry last year, playing a bunch of people, so that hasn’t changed.”
(on the Jaguars not blitzing a lot today) “No, they didn’t.  They played a lot of two-deep. And came to get us a couple times and we were in the right protection.  We have to make some plays, like the one to (DeAndre) Hopkins there in the fourth quarter.  We pick it up and we have to make those plays.  When they weren’t coming, we weren’t doing a very good job of just executing.”
(on if QB Case Keenum is going backwards with his progress)  “No, I think it’s part of being young. As you play, every guy I’ve ever been around, talented kids that do some good stuff, then the more you play, the more you see, the more it becomes tougher.  I think he’s going through that stretch right now as a player.  But he’s got a lot of ability and if he continues to work through these things he’ll get better.  I know he was very disappointed today, I’m disappointed in me and (quarterbacks coach) Karl (Dorrell), that we didn’t have him in a better position or better prepared because I know he can handle some of that stuff better.
(on the play of RB Ben Tate)  “We had planned on playing DJ (RB Dennis Johnson) some, but when he went in he just looked so good running the ball so we played him a little bit more.  It’s just the way it happened.  Ben hadn’t been practicing all week; he’s just been playing for us.  Obviously, DJ did some good stuff so I left him in the game.”
(on his thoughts when he hears that the Texans are the worst team in the league right now)  “I’m very disappointed on where we are right now.  We have won two football games and lost a lot of close games over the course.  Obviously, we haven’t played well for various reasons and today offensively we played very poorly.”
(on if he gets more active on the waiver wire with the first choice on waivers)  “I think it’s pretty obvious we’ve been picking up a few guys each week for the last three weeks.”
(on what’s the worst thing about where the team is right now)  “I feel bad for the players.  I feel bad for the organization.  Feel bad for everybody that I’m looking at in that locker room, because they’re working hard.  But the results aren’t very good.  As I told them, the person I look at is myself.  That’s where I go.  I’m the one that’s got to have us playing a hell of a lot better than we’re playing, so I take full responsibility for that.”
(on if he feels bad for himself)  “No, I don’t worry about myself.”
(on if he thinks Texans owner Bob McNair would make any coaching changes at this point in the season)  “Like I said, I answer that question the same all the time.  I don’t worry about that.”
TACKLE DUANE BROWN (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on how unbelievable it is losing today) “Well, we knew we were going to have our work cut out for us. We always expect to win, no matter who your opponent is, but we were hoping to get this streak snapped today, but just a poor performance. That’s what it came down to.” 
(on how the team could just score six points against the Jaguars defense) “Their defense has always played us tough; they are always a very physical defense. We just didn’t capitalize on opportunities. You get down to the 2-yard line, you have to get touchdowns. You can’t settle for a field goal. Just missed opportunities. Too many 3-and-outs. Just a poor performance overall.” 
(on if this is the same old story) “That’s what it seems like. That’s what it’s been. And we have to find a solution somehow, whatever it may be, to stay on the field, to convert third downs, to change field goals in to touchdowns, it’s as simple as that. If you don’t find a way to do that, then it’s going to be hard to be successful.” 
(on how much harder it gets each week of this losing streak) “It’s tough man, because the thing about it – and you know guys are playing – guys are still playing inspired. Guys are going out there and really still giving it their all and trying to find a way to win, and it’s just not happening for whatever reason. That’s the sad part about it. That’s what makes it tough. It’s not a lack of effort, it’s not a lack of want-to, just the execution, penalties, miscues, just hurting ourselves that’s stopping us from being successful.” 
(on if this is the most frustrating time in his football life) “Absolutely. I never imagined losing 9-straight, especially with the team that we have assembled with this group of men here. You never imagined that, but I continue to battle for them, and they’re going to do the same. That’s the good thing about it. We’re not giving up on each other, and we’re going to continue to fight. Just going to get ready for next week.”
(on how different the team is now that it was a month ago with the streak on your mind) “It’s something that we think about – before we were just trying to win; now we’re thinking about trying to snap a losing streak. You’re not thinking about getting your third win, we’re thinking about trying to stop us from losing nine. And now we’re trying to stop from losing 10. It’s tough – it’s a tough deal. But we’re strong mentally and we won’t fold. We’re going to come out next week with the same energy. We just have to be cleaner. Bottom line.” 
(on RB Ben Tate saying he was embarrassed for the city by the way the offense is playing and what he would say to the city) “That sums it up. If you look at the game as a whole and what our defense did to try to keep us in the game, it’s very embarrassing for an offense to go out there and score six points. That’s not us. That’s not us. That’s not the kind of production that we are going for – that’s not the production that we expect of ourselves. We expect to be much more dominant than that. Especially when we’re playing to try to snap an 8-game losing streak or stop a 9-game losing streak.” 
TIGHT END GARRETT GRAHAM (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on the disappointment in this loss) “It was disappointing. Obviously the way we played. Obviously the defense played great – you should win a ball game when they only give up 13 points. So it’s just disappointing.” 
(on if he has ever played in front of a quieter home crowd) “Here? No. I don’t think so. It was pretty quiet.”
(on what adjustments were made at halftime) “We’re always making adjustments – depending on what runs we like or the coverages we’re seeing, what routes we want to run -  just normal stuff that we would do in any game of the season.” 
(on the team being talked about for the first overall pick) “It’s disappointing. We didn’t think we’d be in this situation. Obviously we don’t’ want to be in it. We’re not playing for a pick in the draft, that’s for sure.” 
(on feeling like the team had a chance to go down and score on the last drive) “I mean, they were dropping back in zone. It’s tough – you have to throw in to the coverage or beat them deep, but it’s tough when they’re just sitting back like that at the end.” 
WIDE RECEIVER DEANDRE HOPKINS (Transcribed by Hank Nathan)
(on the deep pass intended for him on the team’s final drive and if he dropped it) “I don’t think I caught it to drop, so I want to say hang on to it. I was trying to stay in bounds. It just wasn’t meant to be I guess.”
(on if the pass intended for him on the final drive was one that he would normally catch) “I’m not sure about that. It was a pretty tough ball. I tried to keep my feet in bounds and it glazed my fingertips. I don’t know. Maybe if I was 6-4, I would have caught it.”
(on if it’s tough to pinpoint what exactly went wrong with the offense today) “It’s a lot of stuff that we can work on to overcome, a better offense. Each guy has to be accountable for his actions.”
(on how he thought QB Case Keenum played today) “I think he played good. We have to go back and watch film, and Case can determine how he played himself. The person to speak on how somebody else played, I don’t know. All I can speak on is how I played.”
WIDE RECIEVER ANDRE JOHNSON (Transcribed by Lance Jaramillo and Shelby Wells)
(on his opinion of today’s game) “We suck as an offense.  That’s pretty much it.”
(on RB Ben Tate feeling embarrassed for the city) “That’s Ben’s opinion.  Everyone has a right to their opinion.  It wasn’t a good showing.  We didn’t play like the way we know how to play.  We haven’t done it all year basically.  Like I said, we suck.  That’s pretty much it.”
(on if this is the lowest point in his Texans career) “I’d probably say so.  It’s been tough.  It’s been frustrating.  If I had to bet my life I wouldn’t think we would be in this position, but it is what it is.  We just got to deal with it and move on.”
(on QB Case Keenum saying he never got in a rhythm) “I don’t think we got in a rhythm at all.  We just didn’t make the plays to get in a rhythm.  If you don’t make the plays then you won’t get in one.  That’s it.”
(on T Duane Brown feeling bad for the city) “You want to go out and play well.  You’re not going to play perfect every single game.  We’re human.  It’s been bad, you know?  They were booing us last week, they booed us before and I said before we’re not putting good stuff on the field for them.  We’re not giving them nothing for them to cheer about.  If they boo, they should boo.  That’s the way Duane feels.  You can apologize and say this and say that all he wants, but if you’re not getting the job done out on the field then it really doesn’t matter.  We’re not getting the job done.”
(on how it feels to not be able to convert short yardage) “It’s frustrating.  You’re supposed to feel like you should take pride in it.  It’s just a yard.  You’d think you can go out and get it, but for some reason we can’t.  So, that’s pretty much been the story the whole season.  It’s no secret; we haven’t been getting the job done.”
(on coaches getting heat after the loss) “I mean, it’s the nature of this business. If you don’t go out there and produce, changes have to be made. That’s just the nature of the business. I’ve seen everybody come and go out of that locker room. I’ve seen it happen and everybody has their day.”
(on if this offseason could be one of those times again) “I don’t know. I don’t make that decision. People upstairs make that decision if so. You’ll have to talk to them about that.”
(on if he thinks this is the worst team in the NFL) “I think our record shows it. Yeah if you look at our record, yeah we’re the worst team.”
(on how painful it is to know that they are the worst team in the NFL) “I mean, you can have all of the talent in the world. Everyone knows this team is talented, but talent only gets you so far. You can have all of the talent in the world but if you don’t go out and make the plays and do what you’re supposed to do then you’re not going to win. Sometimes things look good on paper but when you put it out there on the field and put it in actions sometimes it’s doesn’t work out right. If you go off of talent, then no we’re not the worst team, but if you go off of our record then yeah.”
(on the record being 2-9) “I just explained it to you. If it looks good on paper but you’re not doing it out on the field then it really doesn’t matter. We’re two and nine. That’s what we are and we can’t change it. All we can do is try to win these last few games we have left.”
(on if he thinks he is getting the best from everyone in the locker room every week) “I hope we are. I’m not sitting here watching every single guy, but I would hope we are getting the best from everyone.”
RUNNING BACK DENNIS JOHNSON (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on how tough it was losing today) “It’s tough once you practice all week and come into the game feeling how you feel and then go out there and lose. I mean, yeah it’s got to be tough. It is tough.” 
(on the offense looking flat out there) “Nah, I mean when we are out there on the field, I don’t feel that way. Everybody is out there playing their hearts out; everybody’s giving it their all. We just have to figure out what it is that we’re not doing and just capitalize.” 
(on if he was surprised to get as many touches as he got) “They kept saying I was going to get the ball this week, but I mean, I was kind of surprised. How many did I have? I was happy with them. You can’t ask for more. ” 
(on what Head Coach Gary Kubiak said after the game) “He just talked to us and he told us you just got to keep working. It’s just something out there that we just have to figure out what it is. And once we figure it out, we’ll be good.” 
(on time running out to figure out what is ailing the team) “We still got next year. You can figure it out and still go on. I mean this year too. We can win out and still keep winning.” 
FULLBACK GREG JONES (Transcribed by Hank Nathan)
(on if the loss stings more because it’s against his former team) “Of course. Of course. But at the end of the day, I don’t care who it is, losing the game hurts. I don’t care if it’s I don’t know, a high school team. I want to win and that’s what we’re out there for. We’re out there to win. The past, I don’t how many weeks it’s been, we haven’t won the ball game, so it hurts.”
(on RB Ben Tate saying he’s embarrassed by what’s going on offensively and if he feels that way now) “I’m embarrassed. Games like this, the week next week, I don’t go anywhere. I stay in my house. I don’t want to be seen because putting a bad product out on the field. Yeah, we get to play next Sunday, but it’s going to hurt for a minute.”
(on how tough this season has been for him because he thought it would be a Super Bowl caliber team when he signed here) “It is tough. I didn’t expect it, but that’s why we play the game of football. That’s why we line up on Sunday’s and play. It hurts, but it’s a learning experience. Nothing is given to you. You have to go out there and earn it every Sunday. We haven’t earned it.”
(on if he’s reconsidered his decision to sign here) “No, I’d never do that. I think I made the right decision. It’s a learning experience. Everything happens for a reason. I came here and I learned a lot of new stuff. I learned different stuff about running the football and the blocking scheme. I’m taking it all in stride.”
CORNERBACK JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (Transcribed by Adrian Jones)
(on where this season ranks in his football career) “I have been on a 4-12 team. In fact, two 4-12 teams. I have been on an 8-8 team and a 6-10 team, so this is somewhere in between. We have plenty of talented guys here, but it is about wins and losses. You have the top talent all day, you can be ranked near the top for offense and defense, but if you don’t have wins it doesn’t mean anything.” 
(on difference between preseason expectations and now) “Every team at the beginning of training camp has the same expectations. Make a trip to the playoffs, win your division, and win the Super Bowl. Obviously the expectations this year were what they were due to the last two seasons. But right now, that is all out the window.”
(on if it is more painful losing to a one-win team) “(All the teams) are the same. But this one definitely hurts, because deep down, there is no way we should have lost this game. It doesn’t matter what the score say, I knew we shouldn’t have lost this game. But we lost, so we have to deal with it. It is what it is.”
(on if he can put his finger on what is wrong with the team) “Not at all. We are still searching.”
(on if the team’s problems can be quickly corrected) “It is hard to say. Because one week another thing and the next week it is something else. So we still haven’t played a true perfect game. Every week it is something new that we find a way to lose the game.”
(on if this is the most frustrating team he has been on) “Without a doubt. If you look at some of those other teams (they) weren’t stacked with talent. And the division was stacked itself, when I was in the AFC North. In this division, I think we have the talent to be right at the top of the division without a doubt.”
(on if the nine-game losing streak is embarrassing) “I don’t know. There is nothing we can do about it. We will take whatever comes with it. We put ourselves in this position so we have to deal with it. Nothing to hold our head down about. We still fought. Myself, personally, and the rest of the guys, I don’t think anyone is walking around with their head down. But at the same time, you have to have some terrible feeling in your stomach losing nine games. It doesn’t matter what sport it is. Doing anything and losing nine times in a row is going to hurt.”
(on if they felt lifeless during the beginning of today’s game) “I wouldn’t say we were lifeless. They made a couple of plays on us. Usually if you watch every football game it is going to go one way or another in the beginning because most teams gameplan. You have a script for the first fifteen plays, and either the first fifteen is going to work or it is not going to work. That is why you see some teams start off hot or start off slow.”
QUARTERBACK CASE KEENUM (Transcribed by Mia Fredricks & Cali Roper)
(on whether he was shaken after being pulled last week) “No, that didn’t shake my confidence.”
(on his anticipation during passes after having thrown a pick last week) “Yeah, I was a little hesitant on certain plays. For whatever reason, I was out of my rhythm. I just had bad fundamentals and I wasn’t trusting what I was seeing and letting the ball go. Like you said, it wasn’t good.”
(on what he contributes his lack of success during this game to) “I don’t know. I just feel uncomfortable being off rhythm, being hesitant, not making the right decisions, and when I do make the right decisions, being hesitant. I have to go watch the film and see. I’m frustrated right now. I am very disappointed in myself because not only for me, but for letting everyone down in that locker room. You can turn on the film and I’m going to go watch it, but we had guys open. We had the right play calls, and I didn’t hit them, I didn’t see them, I didn’t make the plays, and I think this one is very disappointing because I was a big part of that loss. Letting guys down in that locker room, letting guys down on our offense, it’s tough.”
(on how he can recover and move forward from this loss) “All good quarterbacks, and I’ve always said this, have amnesia. We learn from what has past, and we forget about it and move on. That’s something I can look at the film and look at what I did this week and maybe relook at my mindset, see where my mind is right now, and keep plugging away. Keep getting better and learn from it, and don’t ever let this happen again.”
(on if being pulled from last week’s game had any mental effects) “No, like I answered that question last week, I want what’s best for this team. I know that every decision that Coach (Gary) Kubiak makes is for that purpose. As far as my confidence in that, there was no issue. All of it tonight was just on the field. That is where my mind was. With moving the ball, I just didn’t make the plays when I needed to.”
(on feelings about progressions of reads) “Like I said, I wasn’t as good as I needed to be. I missed reads tonight. For whatever reason, like I said, I hesitated. I saw what I saw and they did a lot of stuff that we saw on film. I studied well this week. The middle of those we were getting, but then I hesitated here. It’s a tough league and you can’t do that. You have to be full-go all of the time. Being a hair off will screw you up.”
(on what you contribute to successful go route from earlier this year) “With the defense they are in, they do a good job of mixing it up and playing two deep safeties, corner bit at the time. Also, really with rolling down to one safety, and playing deep or playing off of the receiver, but I just didn’t come up and call that play a lot. I went other places with the ball.”
(on feeling of having right to calling own audible)  “I had a key in the run game that whatever they do, we change the play.”
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER BROOKS REED (Transcribed by Hank Nathan)
(on if the intensity has still been there on the field to win an NFL game) “Yeah. I think, just looking at practice, we’re still up beat. We’re still trying to win games and that’s the way we have to keep doing it, and not fall apart and keep sticking together.”
(on if he’s worried that this becomes the tipping point losing to a 1-9 team) “I don’t know. We’ll see. All I can do is try and get better and just try to do my best.”
(on what he would do if he owned this franchise) “I don’t know. That’s not my place to say. As a player, all I can do and all I can control is myself and how I conduct myself throughout the week and prepare.”
(on if the players talk about how their performance can affect Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s job) “I guess. We’re trying to do the best we can with what we’ve got. It’s going to be the same very week. We’re going to prepare as hard as we can. We’re just itching for a win here and we’re preparing our hardest. That’s all I can say.”
LINEBACKER DARRYL SHARPTON (Transcribed by Trevor Caswell)
(on direction of the Texans following the loss) “We are not giving up and we are not laying down. We are still going to practice as hard as we can. We still have a whole lot of fight in us. We are going to get back to work and keep working hard.” 
(on trying to stop the losing streak) “We just have to turn things around. I don’t have an answer, but all I can say is we are going to keep fighting.” 
(on the pregame mentality of the team) “We go into the game expecting to win. The outcome was not in our favor and everybody is disappointed and I am disappointed; I am not going to stop fighting and I plan to come back even harder next week.”
(on maintaining focus after offensive turnovers) “This is a team and we have each other’s back. If the defense is struggling, then the offense has our back and vice versa. I just think we have to keep fighting. We just need to come together as a team and just fight, fight, fight.”
(on importance of leadership when team is behind) “That is when leaders have to step up and tell guys, ‘Hey don’t get down, don’t get distracted, don’t get into a tank; let’s get our spirits high, keep fighting, and stay on course’.”
DEFENSIVE END ANTONIO SMITH (Transcribed by T.D. Durham)
(on if this was an embarrassing loss) “Yeah it’s embarrassing because you’re having a competition and you lose, but you’re still a man out there. I think everybody out there fought their heart out. It seems like that’s the story at the end of each game – you’re fighting your heart out, but at the end of each game we still don’t have a win.” 
(on if he is worried that Head Coach Gary Kubiak will be fired) “I’m big on feelings – on feelings and a vibe-type of person, and I really don’t have that vibe. I haven’t got that vibe for Mr. McNair or Kubs (Head Coach Gary Kubiak). I think that this year has taken a toll on a lot of folks – Kubs especially. I don’t sense it from him. But I do sense a big disappointment from him, but not a ‘this is the end, my job is over’ type of thing. He’s really trying to figure out what can be done.” 
(on what he would do if he was the owner) “I don’t really think I could be the owner of a team and make decisions like that. That’d probably be one of the hardest decisions. It’s hard for me to think in a business sense because I’m a  passionate person and in believe in faith in relationships, so that’s not a good question to ask me.” 
(on his belief in the guys in the locker room, on feeing that there is no way this team should be 2-9) “That’s exactly my feeling. It’s like I said just a second ago, you’re almost like, what is this and what can be done?” 
(on what happened on his 15-yard penalty) “Football, man. I got two guys on me; I’m trying to get my head down to make the play. You can’t hit him face-to-face, so I’m trying to get my head down. I asked the ref, because it’s getting outrageous to me and it’s kind of hard, especially since they’re taking so much money, and all you’re trying to do is play football. They’re only protecting one side of the ball. It gets frustrating, but you still want to abide by the rules. So I asked him ‘what happened, what did I do?’ and he basically said ‘even when you’re going low, you think you’re going low, he said the crown of your helmet is so high,’ so I guess he was describing me what’s been happening all throughout this year is I guess the crown of our helmets are hitting the bottom of quarterback’s helmets and he said he’s just got to throw the flag. And that’s kind of frustrating. When you can hit them low, and when I can hit them low, I always hit them low, but when you have two guys on you, one holding you up here and there, and you’re just trying to get to him, swinging and you can’t really control your body when you have to control somebody else’s force against your body while you’re still trying to make a play. I was just playing football.” 
(on the energy being different today) “I did feel that – the energy did feel different. I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out what it is because I’ve felt it for weeks now. It goes up and it goes down, and it goes up and it goes down, it’s not a constant, and we need it to be consistent. But like I said, when you don’t have a lot of positive reinforcement, you have to dig down deep inside you as a man and basically you got to turn it to ‘mano-y-mano,’ beat the man in front of you. Because there hasn’t been a lot going our way this year, from calls, to wins all the way to winning the game. So I don’t know how you would get that energy back. I’ve been trying for the last nine weeks.”
(on the effort he sees from the players in the locker room) “This is the hardest I’ve seen us play – even in winning-times. When we were on the high life. We started off 11-1 or something like that. I see guys playing harder now then I saw then. I see guys flying around – just finding something deep down inside, just to find a play to make us win. That’s all I see out there. I don’t’ know why it isn’t working out in our favor, but that’s what I see.” 
GUARD WADE SMITH (Transcribed by Matt Bodiford)
(on not capitalizing in the red zone) “We got down there, and ran the ball a couple times, then on third down threw a fade and didn’t execute it. We just didn’t get it done.”
(on if this loss is embarrassing) “This is the NFL, so everybody that you play you respect. They get paid to play too. Bottom line is we didn’t play well today.”
(on what the defense did to get pressure on QB Case Keenum) “That’s a tough question; we didn’t do as great of a job as we could have. Sometimes they bring more people than you can block, sometimes you don’t block them as well as you should. There’s always room for improvement. Bottom line is even if I felt like we played well or whatever we weren’t good enough to win, and that’s the bottom line.”
(on where this ranks in your career as far as where the Texans are right now) “I don’t know man. I’m just disappointed in what we’re doing out there right now. Defensively they held up their end of the bargain, and offensively we didn’t. It’s just frustrating.”
(on losing nine games in a row) “It’s tough; this game will humble you really quick. I think just where we were looking at things going into the season, and where things are now. It’s totally night and day. It’s kind of surreal, and you’re just trying to find a way to get out of it. We’ve been putting out the same things week by week, and somehow we have to be able to get out of it.”
RUNNING BACK BEN TATE (Transcribed by Adrian Jones)
(on if this is the team’s lowest loss since being a member of the team) “Definitely, no doubt. I respect the Jaguars, but I just never thought, since I have been on this team, that is something that would happen. Especially in the way it happened.” 
(on if he was surprised at the number of carries during today’s game) “When DJ (Dennis Johnson) got in there, we were doing a good job. He was getting some lanes to run through. So he got hot, and I told him to keep going. I never get mad at that if I see he is doing well. At the time he was doing better than I was. So I just told him to keep going and he did a good job today.”
(on if he is worried of the job security of head coach Gary Kubiak) “I can’t worry about his job security. Right now I have to focus on doing my job. If I do my job and we start getting some (wins) than that won’t be an issue.”
(on status of his injured ribs) “They are OK.”
(on why and how team has reached the point it is currently standing) “I don’t know. You can’t sit back and look at every little thing and say this is why we are losing. At the end of the day it comes down to we need to make more plays than the other team makes, and the other teams are making more plays right now.”
(on if there is a lack of intensity among players) “I don’t know. To be honest with you, it is hard to keep that intensity at a high level when you are going through something like this. We are all human beings. So maybe we do need to raise our level of intensity a little bit. But at the same time, it is tough.”
(on if this loss is embarrassing) “It is very embarrassing, especially when we got out and play the way we play on offense, execute and do things right. I felt very embarrassed. As a whole, everyone has to be held accountable. I feel very embarrassed and bad for the city.”
(on struggles of QB Case Keenum during today’s game) “It falls on everyone. We all struggled today. It is not just one person. Offense is a unit. It is not a defensive thing were one person can save the play. Ten people can be out of place and one person can save the day. On offense we need all eleven working together.”
(on if he feels bad for criticism that head coach Gary Kubiak will receive) “Of course. His goal was definitely to bring a Super Bowl to this city. This is his city; it is where he grew up. So it is extra tough on him.”
DEFENSIVE END J.J. WATT (Transcribed by Trevor Caswell)
(on RB Ben Tate’s apology to the city for team performance) “This isn’t what anybody expected. It sucks and it’s not very fun.”
(on RB Ben Tate’s opinion that the team is lacking the intensity it needs to win) “We just need to find a way to win it’s as simple as that.”
(on anticipating changes in the offseason) “Offseason is a long ways away. I have a game to worry about this week and that is all that I am worried about.”
(on emotions during the game) “I wake up and get excited. I come to the stadium and go out and do my pre-game routine. I come out to play and I am intense, focused, and excited. I play as hard as I can possibly play. Over the last nine weeks I have come back here, take a shower, and become extremely frustrated.”
(on this season being the most frustrating in entire football career) “Yeah, by far.”

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