Texans head coach Gary Kubiak answered questions from the media in a Monday press conference at Reliant Stadium. The following is a transcript of his interview.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on all of the injuries) “Mario (Williams) will go on IR. Mario’s got to have a pec repair and that will probably take place in the next week, so he’s done for the season.
(on if there has been anything wrong with QB
(on if WR
(on losing OLB
(on what he said to FB
(on how he feels about FB Lawrence Vickers starting) “Well, he’s started in this League, has a lot of starts at fullback and got a lot of starts against this team at fullback playing in Cleveland. That’s why we brought him in here. He’ll get a lot of work now and he’s been working with James (Casey). He’s a little bit different player than James from that standpoint, but I got a lot of confidence in him. When somebody goes down, the next guy’s got to step up and you got to keep going. He’ll get an opportunity to do that. Brooks (Reed) will get an opportunity to do that, so we just got to stay positive and get those guys in there and help them any way we can.”
(on what he expects from OLB
(on if there is a chance of moving OLB
(on the play where there was a face mask penalty against Houston and a 12 men on the field penalty against Oakland) “I’m waiting on it too, so I’ll let you know.”
(on how much he takes into account what a player is telling him when deciding on challenging a play) “I try to listen to him. You talking about Joel’s (Dreessen) deal? Joel was adamant that he had caught the ball. I’m listening to him, but they gave me plenty of time for us to look at it. What we felt upstairs is that we didn’t think we ever saw the ball hit the ground, but with the two views they were showing on the scoreboard, the one thing that was hard to say, will they overturn this? I thought it was a big play in the game. It’s a first down. Hopefully they got another view that’s better than ours and he did catch a ball, but it didn’t work out that way.”
(on how much more WR
(on how the Raiders were able to win the point of attack at the line of scrimmage) “I’m going to give them credit. They’re very good, especially inside. Their two guys inside are very good players, so I got to give them their credit. They played well. I also did not think we played as well as we’ve been playing up front, but at times we did a good job and we didn’t run as well. It was a little bit of everything. It just seemed like as a group, we kind of pitched in on making our mistakes or not taking advantage of situations that we had in the football game. We got to all look at it as a group. It’s not the offensive linemen; it’s everybody involved.”
(on playing one of the best teams in the NFL next week) “Yeah, they are. They’re exceptional. I’ve had a chance to get a head start on their defense and I think they’re second or third in the League right now and getting a ton of turnovers and we got to go play there. We understand what we’re facing there. We have played in two very physical football games back-to-back with Pittsburgh and yesterday against Oakland. I got to get my guys fresh and get them ready to go and we got to get these nicked guys on the field, get them back out there helping us.”
(on WR Jacoby Jones running rounded off routes and why he didn’t run to the corner on the last play of the game) “Well I think he did run some good routes. Like I said, if you look at the big picture, there were times where he ran some good routes and we didn’t protect or didn’t get the ball to him. There were times that we did protect and do what we needed to do and we didn’t win. I think we’re all involved in getting better from that standpoint and I expect him to get better, so it’s not just him. The last play of the game, you got to move and make a play. Matt’s (Schaub) trying to do that. Actually we had the play set up to go strong. We had what we wanted, but we got flushed left, so once you get flushed, you’re trying to adlib and make a play. You ask guys to move around and give him a throw, but give them credit. They made the play, we didn’t. I don’t think it’s that easy. I think this game is hard and I think you go out there and play hard and sometimes you make the plays and sometimes you don’t. That’s not an excuse. We didn’t make the play, the Raiders did. That’s not Jacoby’s (Jones) fault.”
(on why CB
(on running and passing less effectively than normal and what happened on the last play) “You’re right. We did not run the ball well. Why did we not run the ball well? Like I said, I think it’s a combination of things. Throwing, we’re under 50 percent. We got a lot of pressure yesterday and as I said, I think when you face what we faced yesterday, it’s okay sometimes to sit there and throw 50, 55 percent as long as you’re making big plays against blitz and pressure. The key to beating the blitz is when you got a bad play call, you don’t want it to get worse. When you call the right play, you got the right protection on, then you got to make them pay. Like I said, we had some big plays in the game throwing the ball. We had 400 and something yards throwing the ball, so there were some big plays, but not enough. I look back, I think we had a 14-6 lead and we ran what we call a slammer screen to Kevin (Walter). We caught the perfect blitz. We had a chance to go to the house with it. Guy makes a shoe string tackle. That’s the type of game we were in and we needed to make a couple of those plays and we didn’t. The last play again? Like I said, we’re working the right side of the field. We got a play going on over there, which was exactly what we wanted. The rush flushing left came across his face and when he went left, I think the first thing Matt thought of was, ‘I’m going to try to score right here.’ He started downhill and here comes a safety. He’s got to make a decision. Do I think he could’ve scored when I go back and look at the film? Probably not. I mean, you got to make that decision. He’s a guy out there. He’s a quarterback and he’s the guy having to make those decisions. Once he knew he couldn’t do it, he’s got to do something with the ball and the game’s over. It didn’t work out.”
(on how WR
(on if OLB
(on if WR Jacoby Jones is supposed to catch a punt going backwards at the 5-yard line) “If it’s that guy (Oakland P Shane Lechler) punting, it’s okay. This guy hit some 60-yard punts and stuff. If he hits a bomb like that and coverage is not there, I don’t mind him trying to make a play. I want him to stay aggressive. If they’re punting from the 50, which that team doesn’t do because that kicker’s pretty darn good, then it’s a different story, so it all depends on the situation."