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Postgame Quotes: Texans at Cardinals

Head coach Bill O'BrienLinebacker Jadeveon ClowneyQuarterback Ryan FitzpatrickCornerback Kareem JacksonQuarterback Case KeenumDefensive end J.J. Watt

Head coach Bill O'Brien

Opening Statement:

"I'll just start by telling you what I told the team. Tonight was not a good night of football. It all starts with me. I've got to do a better job of coaching this team. We've got to coach them better. We've got to learn from our mistakes as a coaching staff. In some ways that can be a good thing. You go out there your first time as a staff together and we've got to improve a lot as coaches. I told the team

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that we're all in it together. It's the first preseason game, and there's nowhere to go but up from where we are right there. Tonight there were too many penalties, turnovers, couldn't get off the field on third down, couldn't get a kick off returned past the 15-yard line. It was bad football. We're going to go back to work when we get back there tonight. We've got a big week coming up here with Atlanta coming in, so we're looking forward to that."

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On the play of DE Jadeveon Clowney:

"I probably have to watch the tape, but I thought he went in there and it looked like he knew his assignment, and he was active. He was trying to put some pressure on the quarterback. Let me watch the tape and maybe ask me again next week."

On the play of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick:

"There weren't enough plays. I think at one point midway through the second quarter, we had only run eight plays. It was more about getting him some more plays. It's a team effort. Nobody played well on offense. It wasn't this guy or that guy. Nobody coached well on offense. We just have to do a much better job as coaches and get the players to execute better, but nobody had a good night on the offensive side of the ball."

On the team's penalties:

"It's terrible. You can't get penalized like that. We have to go back and show our players what the penalties were. I'm sure they were all legitimate calls. The referees did a good job tonight of explaining what the calls were, but those are the things we have to stop doing. We can't turn it over. We can't commit penalties on both sides of the ball. We've got to learn from it and we've got to stop it."

On the team's running game:

"I thought maybe offensively that might have been the one thing we did OK. We ran the ball at times OK, but not nearly the way we're going to have to run the ball to win in this league. We've got to look at that, too. I don't think, as a team … Nobody really played well. Nobody coached well. We have to really go back and make sure we're doing a better job this week."

On whether he has to be careful to not overreact after one preseason game:

"You have to see it for what it is. It is what it is. It wasn't a good night of football. We've got to go back and make sure that these guys understand the mistakes. Make sure that we as coaches do a much better job of coaching these guys. It is what it is. It wasn't good, but like you said, there's a lot of time left in the preseason. We've got a big week coming up here with Atlanta coming in here. They're a very good football team that hopefully we can improve against. We're going to practice against them, which will help us. But as a whole, we players and coaches have to do a much better job."

On whether the team will improve because there is game tape to review this upcoming week:

"I think so. Anytime you have a chance to go back and look at the tape and sit down as a staff … We'll review the tape as a staff in a lot of different areas and make sure that we're straight as a coaching staff with what we're doing. Like I said, it starts with me. It starts with the head coach. I've got to do a better job. And then we get to show it to the players and hopefully we can get the players to understand their mistakes and get these guys to play better. But again, there is a lot of time left, but it's still unacceptable to go out there and play football like that."

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On whether the team suffered any major injuries during the game:**

"It didn't seem like we did, to this point. The usual bumps and bruises but nothing major."

On the reason the team played Jonathan Grimes at running back:

"Andre Brown was out there. We went with Jonathan Grimes because we didn't get a lot of plays in the first half. We stuck with him and then we wanted to go to [Alfred] Blue. Then it was Dennis Johnson, and then basically because we couldn't run that many plays offensively, we didn't get those guys into the game. Grimes had a decent night. Grimes is a smart guy. He's a really good teammate and he's doing a good job. He came back. He had a little hamstring [injury] when he first got back and since he's been off the shelf, he's had a good camp."

On the play of the secondary in the first half:

"We struggled on third down. I thought we contested some throws, but then on third down, we couldn't get off the field. Again, like I said when I first came in here, it starts with the coaching. We've got to do a better job of coaching these guys. It starts with me. Then, we have to look at the film of the players, and make sure they know that, 'Hey, here are the things you have to do to improve.' That's what we're going to do on Monday. Tomorrow is their day off and then we'll get them back in here on Monday."

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney

On dropping into coverage:

"It's OK. That's what the coaches want me to do and I'm getting better every day at it."

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On blowing up the run for a five-yard loss in the first quarter:

"I'm just really trying to do the job. Set the edge, I saw the opening and I made the play."

On playing his first NFL game:

"It was very important. Just getting the feeling playing in the NFL, got some got reps, made a few mistakes, got corrections. It was about getting better."

On his performance playing coverage:

"I felt OK. Just doing my job, guarding the [other] guys. Just a few mental errors here and there; just trying to get better."

On his emotions during his first NFL game:

"It was just like backyard football [laughs]. It was alright. I got loose and got out there and saw the

lights. Back in college, my first game, I was a little nervous and everything, and my first NFL game, I was still a little nervous, but once you get that first contact, it's like 'Alright, the nerves are gone' and you just play football."

On building after the team's first preseason game:

"I can build on it a lot. I think the whole team can build on it. Maybe a few mistakes here and a few corrections, and go back to practice on Monday and get better."

Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick


On the game not being what the team wanted:

"It definitely wasn't what we wanted, and me personally. We wanted to go out there and have a clean game and limit the penalties, no turnovers. Obviously, that didn't happen. We just had a hard time getting in a groove out there. I think it is important to keep in mind that it's the first time we've been out there as a team, but it's also a nice little wake-up call for us and for me and for everybody. The NFL is a very humbling game, and if you're not ready to go and prepared, which we're hoping by the season we're all going to be together and prepared, then you'll be humbled."

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On what it was like for him on the field tonight:

"I think it was good to get out there in a live game. I didn't really get hit all that much, but kind of knocked the rust off a little bit. I went against a different squad, guys you haven't been seeing every day in training camp with a little bit of a different scheme and all that. In that sense it was good. In terms of the execution and turnovers and everything, obviously it's not what we wanted out there tonight."

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On if he was surprised he played the entire first half:

"No, we didn't have a specific plan as to how long I'd be out there. We had some really short, quick drives, and then just to have an opportunity at the end there to go through the two-minute procedure a little bit was good for me to get out there and do it."

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On the complexity of the offense and if the team is comfortable with what they're running:

"That was as scaled down as it gets today."

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On how this game affects his mindset going forward to bounce back and put this behind him:

"It doesn't affect it all that much. I think perspective is very important in this league. Like I said, I'm disappointed in myself, the way I played, the final score and the way that everything turned out. I think there's disappointment in the locker room, but I think there also needs to be perspective. We each need to keep working, keep working and hopefully we'll have better results the next few weeks."

Texans CB Kareem Jackson

On losing the first preseason game:

"We just have to continue working as a team. It just shows we have a long way to go. With regular season games, it's a long season, so we have to continue working as a team."

On whether this first preseason loss shows that the team has a lot to work on:

"Definitely. Like I said, it's the first preseason game, and it definitely wasn't pretty out there. We have to go back and continue to work. It's a long season and we got to go to work."

On what Head Coach Bill O'Brien said after the game:

"He's right. Everything he said was right on. We're all in it together. We have to come together as a team, got to believe in each other and believe in ourselves. Got to be able to execute the gameplan any given day. Definitely a long season. First preseason game and we got a long way to go. Three preseason games and it's about getting on the same page as a team."

On whether the team's third down defense is a concern:

"It's definitely worrisome. To not get off the field after third down, as a defense that's what you live for. You have to get to know those third-and-long situations and be able to get off and give the offense back the ball — that's what playing defense is all about. Situations where you can't get off, that's definitely going to come back and bite you, and it definitely kicked us in the butt today a couple times. I know for sure those first two drives we couldn't get off. We got a long way to go. First preseason game, we have to get back to the drawing board and continue to work. It's all about getting back on the same page."

On whether he thinks intensity and toughness, which were missing last year, could give the Texans an edge:

"Surely we're finding out. We just have to go out there and do it."

Texans QB Case Keenum

On if he overreacts due to a preseason loss:

"We're all competitors in this locker room and every time we go onto the field we want to win. It's disappointing when you don't. There is a lot of things to look at. A lot of things to work at to get better and continue to grind in this training camp."

On if he was surprised by how the offense struggled:

"Yeah. Every time we go out we expect to do well. We expect to move the ball, to get first downs and to get touchdowns. So when you don't it's not a lot of fun."

On his performance tonight after Fitzpatrick stayed in the first half:

"You know, obviously I have to go look at the film and see what I can do better. Obviously the penalties, our pre-snap penalties. Those are most of the time on the quarterback and I take responsibility for those. That's part of managing the game. There is every little play that I am going to nitpick and go back and look at the throws and the checks and the reads."

On how everything new played into the offensive approach:

"I don't know if that played a role. There are guys that have played a lot of football in this room. There are guys that haven't. Bottom line, we have to go out there and execute. We didn't do that tonight."

On what he takes away from what O'Brien said after the game:

"Just have to get back and continue to work. That's kind of been the theme of training camp. You know, it is what it is. It's the truth. You got to learn from it and move on. It is the first preseason game so we're going to move on and learn from it and get better and continue to move forward."

On if the offense wasn't too complex tonight:

"Yeah, I mean, most of the time in the preseason you're having a lot of guys in there and it's pretty fresh for a lot of guys that may not have been in the room for very long. It wasn't that complicated. It's just a matter of executing and moving the football."

Texans DE J.J. Watt

On how it felt to get a sack right off the bat:

"Oh you know it feels good. In a game situation obviously to make a play like that."

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On how the team played while he was out there:

"I don't think we played very well. Obviously we had a lot of penalties, we gave up a lot of points and didn't score a lot of points so we'll look at the film. We'll learn from it. It's the first preseason game so there's a long way to go."

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On how he received Coach O'Brien's message that the whole team must do better:

"I think it's fairly clear. You come out and put up a result like that and everybody does need to do better. And every man looks at himself. So we go in and watch the film tomorrow, learn from it and hit the practice field. That's what training camp is for, that's what the preseason is for. You get better and you don't accept things like that."


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