Houston Texans Transcripts
SS Glover Quin
WR Kevin Walter
DE J.J. Watt
LT Eric Winston
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
(Transcribed by Harriet Dao, Maddy Foxx, Tiffany Walker and Brett Maikowski)
SS Glover Quin
(on playing the Ravens again) "I mean, I think it gives us a little edge. Knowing who we played against before, knowing the personnel they have and the things they like to do and the things that we struggled with in the first game. I think that was probably our worst game as a secondary in the whole season and we felt like we let the team down on the back end. We left some plays out there that turned the game around the wrong ways. We feel like if we go out and play our game and play to the best of our ability and make the plays we should have made in Week 6 I think that was, we'll be just fine. Playing against them already, knowing who they like, and knowing what they like to do, and knowing the guys, is obviously a big help."
(on if he thinks the Ravens will continue to take shots down the field) "I would. They had success. I think they had two passes that went for like over 100 yards. (Ravens QB) Joe Flacco, he's a great deep ball thrower so you have to go into that game expecting that they're going to take some shots early in the game because we play a lot of press-man and so, a lot of teams have been taking shots on us early to try and back us off and soften us up. You have to expect that going into it. We have to be ready for it and make plays on it and take it away."
(on if it's about discipline and trusting other teammates) "Definitely. Everybody has a job to do and I mean, you have to trust that everyone is going to do their job. You have to do your job. If you're supposed to be deep, or you're supposed to be on a man, or if you're supposed to be in the box stopping the run, you just have to trust that everybody is doing their job and take it one play at a time. Everybody work together, the front seven, and the back end, and we'll be just fine."
(on why he was able to make the transition to safety so seamlessly) "I don't know if I made it that seamlessly, but, I mean I just feel like football is football. I went from playing corner and I always try to be a physical corner and tackle and try to use my brain to make plays. And playing safety, being back there, sometimes you have to think a little bit. But, I feel like football is football, and I was able to have some great guys come in and help me out and a great group of coaches and everybody working with me and trusting in me and I was able to make the switch pretty smooth."
(on if he had any concerns switching positions) "I felt like football was football, but I did have some concerns just because it's the NFL and a lot of safeties have a lot to do with defense because you are the last line of defense and there is a lot of open-field tackling. You're in the open field with the best backs in the world so that is tough. The speed is different, the angles are different, coming from the middle trying to tackle, dig routes and slam routes and so, I was a little concerned at first not having the whole offseason to work on it and get prepared for it. But we just worked hard at it during training camp and just went with it and our system kind of fits me a little better and it was good."
(on if Wade Phillips did a good job in moving players and identifying changes) "I think that's what he does, I wouldn't say best, I think he calls the game best, but he does a great job of finding guys that fit his system. He knows, he's been doing it for a long time, so he knows the guys that he needs and the guys that can do the things that he's going to ask them to do and he did a good job of coming in and evaluating the players that we already had and putting them in a position where they could be successful. He told us from day one, if we go out and do the technique that we're being coached and know what to do and how to do it, he'll call the plays on Sunday to put us in the best position. And he's done a good job of doing that."
(on keeping in touch with former teammate Bernard Pollard and how he's done in Baltimore) "I keep in touch with him pretty much. Me and him are good friends. His wife and my wife are good friends. He's excited. I think I told him a few weeks ago, I think I told him something like, I'll see you in three weeks. And so after the game on Sunday I texted him and said 'I'll see you on Sunday.' And he was like, 'This might not be what ya'll want,' or something like that. So I was like 'Hey, let's get it.' So it's fun. He's a good friend of mine and I mean we bonded the time that he was here. So it will be exciting to go up there and play against them and hopefully come out on top."
(on if he studied Ed Reed or other safeties when he found out he was moving positions) "I mean I didn't have a lot of the film to study those guys, but over the years I've always just studied all DBs. And once we got in I used to look at them. But I didn't have as much time extensively study them during the offseason. But, I mean, watching some of the great safeties play over the weeks, like Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu and those guys, just seeing how they do things, how they carry themselves and the way they make plays to help their team has been a big help."
(on why the first game in Baltimore was the secondary's worst game of the season) "I wouldn't say it was a mental lapse, we didn't have any mental errors, I just didn't think we made any plays either. I think we had one interception, JJ (Jonathan Joseph) caught an interception off a tipped ball I think, that was the only play the secondary made all game. So, we gave up two big plays that were 100-and-something yards. And so any time you're doing that as a secondary, you're giving up 50-yard plays, and we were stopping them, and those were the only things that they got on us. I think they got field goals off those both times, but still, that's six points and that changed the whole momentum and field position of the game. And playing a defense like Baltimore you have to control the field position."
(on how to get RB Ray Rice down when he reaches the second level) "You have to rally. I mean he's dynamic in the open field and he has a low center of gravity so it's hard to take his legs because his legs are so small and he's so strong. So you have to just try to get in front of him the best way possible, and take him up high and hope that your teammates will come and help you out."
(on what he and his teammates thought about Tampa having interest in Wade Phillips) "I actually didn't know anything about that until like, I don't know, I saw it somewhere like yesterday maybe. I mean, but, in this League, for him to come in and do what he did with our defense, you have to understand and know that someone is going to have interest in him and I mean that's just a part of it. We can't let that be a distraction to us. He's here with us right now and that's the way we have to go about it. Hopefully he stays with us, but that's a decision he has to make and things like that. We can't worry about that, our job is to go out and prepare for Baltimore and that's what we're focusing on."
(on what makes Gary Kubiak a special coach) "I love Coach Kub. He's a great coach. Definitely, he's a player's coach. He played the game for so long so he understands the stresses and the whatever it takes to get ready for a game. He understands it from a player's perspective, and he also understands it from a coach's perspective. So he does a great job of giving us the proper time off, and doing a great job of controlling practices and juts everything that a player would love. I've talked to several guys who have come from other organizations that say that Coach Kubiak is probably the coolest coach in the league. And they say do whatever you have to do to stay here, whatever you got to do, take pay cuts, whatever, stay here. He's a good guy. Like I said, he'll walk past you and speak, some coaches probably don't even walk past the guys and speak to them. Every time he sees you he'll speak and he's always an even-keeled guy and he expects a lot out of us and the way he treats us we have to go out and play hard for him."
(on why Head Coach Gary Kubiak treats the players well) "I think that definitely has a lot to do with it. For playing the League for that many years, you have to understand what it's like as a player, and now that you're in charge, you can kind of put your touch on it and know, 'Okay, I need to get this out of my guys, but I also know what they're feeling as well, so if I treat them a certain way that they'll return the favor. They'll practice hard.' We practice hard every day, and we go out, and we play hard every Sunday. I think that has a lot to do with him playing for so long and understanding what it's like as a player."
(on how the teams will respond to being underdogs again this week) "I wonder how many games we've lost this season when we were the underdog. I think the last three games of the season, we were picked to win, and we lost all of them. Every game that we're picked to lose, we go out with a chip on our shoulder, and we some kind of way get a win, so we're going to have the same edge on Sunday. We're going to go out there knowing that it's a tough environment, knowing that we got to go fight, and we're going to leave it on the field. We're the underdogs; hopefully we can come out on top."
(on if making the playoffs possibly saved Head Coach Gary Kubiak's job) "I don't think the players or anything tried to worry too much about that because that's obviously out of our control. We didn't have a good year last year, and he stayed, so we can't go out and control that. We did have a goal to make the playoffs, but I don't think it was based on, 'Okay, we have to go do this to save Coach Kubiak's job.' It was just something that we wanted to do for this organization, something that I think every player in the League works to try to make it to the playoffs and try to get a chance to win a championship. That was our main focus, especially after coming off my rookie year where we finished 9-7, and we actually had a chance, and then I think the Jets won that last weekend, and we got knocked out. Then to go into last season with high expectations thinking, 'Okay, man, we're right here. We can make the playoffs,' and to finish up, I think we finished up 6-10, and it was just like, 'Man, we got to go do it this year. We got the pieces. We got to put it together. We got to all buy in and work every day and try to make it.' I think we did a good job of buying in during training camp, and all the players worked hard, offensively, defensively, and special teams. We won most of the games that we were supposed to win, and we won some of the games that people didn't have us to win, and we got into the playoffs. Once you get the in playoffs, somebody got to deal with us."
(on how fun it has been in the playoffs) "It's a lot of fun. I remember last week, coming in, and it was just like, 'Man, that's 20 teams cleaning out lockers today, going home, wondering what the next move's going to be. Just like, man, geez, don't know what to do with themselves, so much free time, and out of 32 teams, we get to come to work, so it's 12 teams left.' That was last week. Now it's only eight teams left, and so it feels good to be in the what, top 24, in the NFL? That feels great, so on Saturday and Sunday, all those guys will be sitting back and watching us play, and last year, we were sitting back watching them play, so it feels good to be on that stage, to go out and represent this organization, and fight for the title."
WR Kevin Walter
(on Head Coach Gary Kubiak) "Oh, there's a lot of things about Coach Kubiak. You want to play your heart out for him. He's a coach that you respect, and he treats us like men, and that's the way it should be. He'll hold you accountable. He'll hold you to your job. You want to win for him, and I'm glad I play for him. He does a lot of great things. He coaches extremely well. He's very smart. I'm just glad to be aboard."
(on Kubiak's coaching style) "Oh, yeah. On game day, he'll yell at us for sure. If we're not getting it done, he's going to bring us all together, and he's going to let us know we're not getting it done. Behind the scenes, absolutely. When we meet and watch film, he gets on us like I just said. He's going to tell us if you're doing things right, if you're doing things wrong, and he's not afraid to yell at you."
(on examples of how Kubiak treats the players) "Yeah, well, he's been in this League for a long time. He's played in this League for a long time, so he kind of knows what we go through as far as how your body feels and the way you have to prepare. He's experienced it before, so he knows how players feel, how they prepare. I think that's a good job of him."
(on getting the playoff win against his former team) "Oh, it was great. Going against those guys, we got them twice this year. Going against Cincinnati, it was great just getting that playoff win. It doesn't matter who it was against. We worked real hard. I'm proud of the guys in that locker room. I'm proud of everybody. We've worked hard many years to get to this opportunity to win a playoff game, and we did a good job of that last week. It's just one step closer to where we want to get to."
(on maintaining the intensity going into this week) "Oh, there's going to be some intensity. The stakes are higher. The intensity goes up. This is the second round of the divisional round, and what better team to go play than Baltimore in their house? They're going to be physical, their crowd's going to be ready, and we'll be ready to roll too."
(on embracing the underdog role) "I love it. I love being the underdog. That's what it's about. People aren't going to give us a chance this week. People didn't give us a chance last week. I've been an underdog my whole life, and people say I can't do this, can't do that. That just motivates me. I know it motivates those guys in that locker room, and we're looking forward to going to Baltimore and playing well."
(on if there is more pressure on Baltimore to protect that home field advantage) "I guess so, I guess. We have nothing to lose, according to people. We're going to go out there. We're going to play sound football. We're going to play good football and play with energy. That's what we need to do. I thought we played well at times in the first game we played, but we didn't get it done when it counted, but the great thing about it is that doesn't matter anymore. We have a chance to go and play them again, and it's a new season."
(on the benefits of having played once in Baltimore already) "Yeah, it's good because we kind of know what the atmosphere is going to be like. It's going to be louder. We know that, and they're pretty dang good at home. I think they're undefeated at home this year, but we just have to execute and play our football. As far as playing them this year, we kind of know what to expect."
(on his thoughts about FS Ed Reed) "I think so, absolutely. He has a phenomenal talent, many pro bowls. The good thing about Ed, he can catch the ball. Not a lot of defensive backs can catch a ball real well. He knows when the ball's near, he snatches it. He makes good plays, he's smart, he knows the different concepts we're trying to run on them. I think he's by far one of the best in the League."
(on the advantages routine-wise of playing a Sunday game at noon this week) "Routine-wise, we're just preparing the same like we normally do. Today, we came in, had a nice walk-through, got off to a good start. We started watching film on them this morning, but we're going to prepare the same. Wednesday's going to be the same, Thursday and Friday, and obviously we'll travel Saturday, and get ready to roll on Sunday. As far as preparation, it's all going to be the same."
(on matching Baltimore's physicality in the regular season game and not backing away from it this week) "Yeah, we know they're going to be physical. We know their leader on their defense, Ray (Lewis), he's going to be getting those guys going. We have to match their intensity and even play harder. That's the way we look at it. I think for us to go in there offensively, to be successful, we can't turn the ball over, and I think we need to stay on the field. We need to keep our defense off the field, and I think those are the two main things. Obviously, once you get in the red zone, you can't kick field goals. You need to score touchdowns."
(on if they have been watching film from the regular season game against Baltimore) "Oh, yeah. Watched it this morning."
(on things learned from watching film from the regular season game against Baltimore) "Just we need to make more plays. I think it was a pretty close game in the third quarter. In the middle of the third quarter, we were right in it. I think we just needed to make more plays when it counted. I think in the second half, they did a great job of executing, and we didn't do that good of a job, and that's why they won."
(on the significance of having WR Andre Johnson back for this game as opposed to the regular season game against Baltimore) "Oh, no doubt about it. Yeah, Andre. You could see the impact he had last week. The guy's a special player. He's back, he's feeling good, he's feeling healthy, and that's going to help us big-time as a team."
(on the two mantras - "1-0" every week and "Next Man Up") "You're right. We battled through adversity this year. It's been a tough year through injuries, but next man has to step up. We're all brought here. Coach Kubiak and Rick Smith had brought us here to do a job. Doesn't matter who's in. We needed to execute and do our thing. As far as injuries, it's tough. We had some injuries, but we've had a lot of guys step in and make plays. I think we're pretty healthy right now, and we're all looking forward to getting out there, getting on the road, and getting a road playoff win."
(on his confidence in QB T.J. Yates) "Oh, his preparation, it's outstanding. As a rookie quarterback, for not being dressed in the beginning of the season, holding the clipboard, and then being thrown in the fire, I'm extremely impressed. Just his poise. You can tell he's not nervous out there. It's one of those things I've seen before. I'm in the league for nine years, and you see some guys just get the jitters, and not just the quarterback, but every position. Having the jitters is a good thing, but he does a great job of staying relaxed and poised, and that's what you need at a quarterback position."
(on if QB T.J. Yates can handle this weekend) "Oh, he's going to be ready. I know that. Stakes are a little higher for everybody. We all need to play well around him. We expec