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Kubiak reviews gutsy win


Running back Samkon Gado finished the game with eight rushing yards.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak received word from Miami head coach Cam Cameron that quarterback Trent Green's head injury had improved.

Green's block: Texans head coach Gary Kubiak spent Monday morning reviewing film of Miami quarterback Trent Green's low block, which caused Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson to flip and come down on his head. Johnson strained his knee on the play and Green left the game on a stretcher with a concussion.

"I think it's a very, very unfortunate situation, to be honest with you," Kubiak said. "I've been on the phone this morning with the league. I had conversations with the league office, and here's the way I see it:

"First off, the league told me that the block's a legal block- his head's in position- it's a legal block. I understand that, but in my opinion it's created a situation I think we need to look at."

Green's block came after Ted Ginn, Jr. fumbled the ball, picked it up near the sideline and began reversing the field. The unusual play, which took place in the open field behind the line of scrimmage, resembled a special teams play where blocking below the knees is illegal.

"In a lot of ways this play was a lot like a return or something," Kubiak said. "But it wasn't because there was never a change of possession. And then you have a play as unfortunate as that taking place where two players could have very easily been hurt very badly. I just hope they (NFL) take a look at it and decide if that's what they want."

Kubiak said he was not trying to get the NFL to change league rules; he just wanted the competition committee to be aware of the situation so that it could be reviewed during the offseason.

"Maybe they take a look at it and something is done maybe down the road about those types of plays taking place behind the line of scrimmage," Kubiak said. "I don't know, but I would like to see them just take a look at it."

Pushing the backs: The Texans' running game struggled once again. This time against a Miami defense that had been surrendering 199 yards a game on the ground.

The Texans' healthy running backs, Ron Dayne and Samkon Gado, combined for only 59 rushing yards and the offense averaged 2.6 yards per carry. Kubiak admitted that the two backs need to find ways to stop getting stuffed up the middle, but he also said the coaches have to improve their play calling.

"We're running some bad plays; that's on us as coaches to make sure we're in the right scheme and not running uphill so to speak," Kubiak said. "Everybody's involved in that, and Samkon and Ronnie are going to get better, and they've got to get better."

Kubiak said that he did not plan on making personnel moves such as re-signing back Wali Lundy or moving up rookie running back Darius Walker from the practice squad.

"We're not going to panic," Kubiak said. "I believe in those two players. I believe Darius has made a lot of progress, and there may come a time to take a look at Darius, but we're not going to panic by any means."

Instead of panicking, the coach wants to continue to work on spreading out the opposing defense and getting to the outside corners.

"We went to a lot of different personnel, spread the field trying to get a five to six man box and do some things a little bit different than we had in the past," Kubiak said. "When we looked at the game, we felt like we had some running lanes that we could do a better job of hitting."

Secondary chances: After being ripped apart by the media for racking up penalty after penalty in Atlanta, cornerback Demarcus (Petey) Faggins proved Sunday that he still belongs in the starting lineup.

The six-year veteran played inside at the start position on the Nickel defense and rotated every third series with rookie cornerback Fred Bennett.

"A lot of times as coaches, you can step in and change the routine or change the reps and take a little load off the guy, let him step back and say, 'I'm a good football player,'" Kubiak said. "And that's what I saw in Petey this week."

Faggins registered five tackles in the game and Bennett, who had been out in previous weeks with a hamstring injury, notched his first two tackles as a pro.

"It was good for him to get some action," Kubiak said of Bennett. "He also played very well on special teams. That's encouraging because he was playing on defense and playing special teams, so hopefully his progress just keeps coming."

Kubiak was so encouraged by the cornerback combination that he will probably continue to play Faggins inside in Nickel with Bennett coming in at the start spot.

In Schaub we still trust: Quarterback Matt Schaub's first half performance against Miami is one for the bonfire. Burn it. Leave no evidence it existed. And then figure out how to win.

That's exactly what the signal caller did.

"He can go out there and struggle early and still find a way to win late," Kubiak said. "What he did with that football at the end of the game being backed up on our own three-yard line, not many guys could come out of that hole and do that."

Schaub showcased his pocket poise by putting together a last-minute drive that set up the game-winning 57-yard field goal.

Instead of reveling in his heroics, Schaub spent two hours in Kubiak's office Monday talking about what he had done wrong.

"The one thing that I'm really impressed with and why I'm so excited about his future is this guy is so hard on himself," Kubiak said. "This guy expects perfection."

Kubiak also noted that Schaub played the entire game with a deep thigh bruise and refused to use the injury as an excuse for his mistakes.

Parting words: Kubiak isn't impressed easily, but kicker Kris Brown simply amazed the head coach Sunday by kicking a record-setting five field goals, including two 54-yarders and a 57-yarders to win the game.

"He single-handedly we out there and did something that I've never seen done," Kubiak said. "I know one thing: I'm glad he did it."

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