"Going into a Bye Week, to be able to reset mentally, come back, refresh and get going, one of the biggest things I’ll take away is just ball security, just taking care of the ball from an offensive standpoint. Defense, continuing to get those turnovers.” WR Brandin Cooks
The Houston Texans are on a bye heading into Week 10 and after losing eight consecutive games, the reset is much needed. On Monday, Head Coach David Culley and Texans players discussed what they hope to accomplish during their time away from the game.
Here are the top stories and quotes from the week:
David Culley said that Tyrod Taylor will remain the starting quarterback in Week 11 when the Texans play at Tennessee.
Culley said he hopes that Laremy Tunsil can begin practicing next week but is unsure of his availability against the Titans.
Justin Reid said the first half of the season has been a "roller coaster" whether the defense struggles or the offense. For the defense, a lot of it is about consistency.
"Some of it is we've had personnel changes every week, guys going down, guys coming back, getting into the groove of things," Reid said. "I think it's just trying to find our groove. This is the first time we've had all these guys play together on the same team, so a lot of it is chemistry-related. Guys moving around on the rotation on the starting lineup, too. Kind of slows down the chemistry a bit, too. That's just part of the growth process of us building a new team."
Brandin Cooks made his 100th career start and surpassed 7,500 yards at Miami. The veteran wide receiver plans to spend time with his wife and son but also continue to watch Tennessee's game, film, etc. in preparation for Week 11.
OL Justin McCray had about 40 family members and friends at the Miami game, which was also Jimmy Morrissey's first NFL start at center.
"It was his first game," McCray said. "I thought he did a good job. He was playing his heart out. Some things didn't go the way we wanted them to, but I think he played well, and he definitely played really hard."
Culley said he likes that the team plays hard and doesn't quit but frustrated with the inconsistency needed to win games.
"During this Bye Week, we are going to assess everything and make sure that we can find things to help us eliminate those things that are keeping us from being consistent offensively, defensively and special teams to help us win football games," Culley said. "We know what they are. We know the process. We just have to keep coaching it, and we are going to keep doing that."
The Texans will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans before a three-game home stretch against the Jets, Colts and Seahawks beginning in Week 12.
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