Texans head coach Gary Kubiak spoke to the media during his weekly press conference at Reliant Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on other injury updates) “No. (
(on the offensive performance against Miami) “First off, we had horrible field position to start the game. I think we started at the 5, 10 and 13. They did a good job of keeping the game on our end early. They moved the ball on us the first drive. We moved it on them. Missed a field goal, that flipped the field position again so after that once we got the turnover I think we scored six out of seven possessions so that’s a darn good thing. The biggest thing I was disappointed in offensively was how we ran the ball, which wasn’t very good at all and how we finished on the 1-yard line and how we finished the game the last couple drives. I think that’s a mark of a good team. Everybody knows you got to run it to finish a game you still line up and run it. We didn’t do that yesterday.”
(on the biggest problem with the running game) “I think it’s across the board. It starts up front. It always starts up front. We got to do all things better, coach it better, call it better, do it better, backs, wide receivers, tight ends. You know what I mean, it’s not one thing.”
(on if Miami Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman gave the Texans things they hadn’t seen) “We saw a lot of formations and stuff that we hadn’t seen them do in the preseason. Like I said, they ran the ball on us a little bit early in the game, moved the ball on us. I think once we got to the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter, I thought defensively we were pretty dominant the rest of the football game. But that’s part of Opening Day. You’re going to always get some things. I’m sure we showed them some things that they hadn’t seen also. But early in the game, we’re battling and trying to get the field position flipped and the turnovers obviously flipped the field position and the game entirely.”
(on the run defense) “Well we’ve had a few issues in the preseason. We’ve played San Francisco, big physical team, ran the ball on us pretty good when we played our ones in that game. Of course that wasn’t our ones out there against Minnesota. We’re going to get tested. This week, not to get too far ahead, but obviously we’re playing a big physical team that’s going to test us that way. So it’s something that we can do a better job of. Once we got the lead obviously they were throwing it a bunch. We were able to get after the quarterback and get the turnovers. But it’s something that we got to continue to improve upon.”
(on Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew’s play this week) “I expect his best. We had him at the Pro Bowl. You always respect players that you play against. I knew he was a great player. When we went to the Pro Bowl I was very impressed with him there not only as a player, as a person. He’s a typical player who takes care of himself. They knew he was going to be ready to go when he came back. Obviously yesterday showed that. They had a game in their grasp yesterday with what 15 seconds left to play in the game? So I know that was a very difficult game for them and they’ll be ready to go. It’s always tough for us when we go there.”
(on the running defense Sunday suffering because of a lack of reps together in camp) “You’ve been missing J.J. (Watt) throughout camp and Shaun (Cody) for the most part throughout camp. I think we get tested that way all the time. I think in this league you’re going to get tested. If you don’t stop the run, people are going to continue to do it. If you show you can stop it or if you get a 10-point lead or something in this league people start to run out of plays and they got to throw it around. We can play it a lot better than we played it early in the game yesterday. We know that. We also know we got a big test coming this week so those guys getting reps, playing together it’s the same way with our guys up front on the other side of the ball. The further we go the more plays (Antoine) Caldwell and (Derek) Newton play together with everybody else we should get better. That’s part of the process during the season so hopefully it works out both ways.”
(on having WR
(on what makes QB Matt Schaub special that the public doesn’t see) “Well, he’s a leader. He’s very respected in our locker room. Matt’s (Schaub) a fine player. He can make all the throws. He can handle very difficult game plans. So from a football standpoint, that’s a no-brainer. But what he brings to the team is total commitment to being as good as he can be. Matt’s the first one in here every morning, last one to leave. I know that’s an old cliché, but football is very important to him. Houston winning football games is very important to him and he loves this community. He’s got a lot of good years of football left in him.”
(on the special teams play against Miami) “We didn’t play good at all. We didn’t. When you get beat, you have to let things go and go get after the next game. Good teams, when they win, they’re able to be hard on themselves. So we have to start today with that. We did not play well on special teams. We didn’t cover well. We didn’t return well; something that we had been doing pretty consistent during the preseason. We had some guys playing some special teams getting going again that need to be big special teams players for us.
(on if he heard that the referee received a call from the booth to penalize CB
(on only booting QB Matt Schaub twice in the passing game) “Yeah, we did it twice. They protected the edges pretty good. Normally, if we’re not running the ball very well, you’re not going to see a lot of boots. Those things kind of go hand-in-hand , but dropback-wise, we threw very good yesterday. So, we’ll see. May see one to two one week and 10 next week. It kind of all depends on how we’re playing.”
(on the run game and concerns with slow starts moving ahead) “It’s always a concern. Actually, we ran the ball good in the beginning of the game. If you’re looking for the good runs, they were the first four or five. We were doing some good crack-toss stuff, trying to run these guys sideline-to-sideline because we knew they were tough to run downhill on. But there’s always concerns every week, like you said. You come out of this game, you’ve got concerns with that, concerns with special teams. That’s part of this league and those concerns usually change week-to-week. You’ve got to make sure you’re giving them attention and keeping your players moving forward and on their toes and figuring out how you’re going to win the next game because they’re all different.”