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December 20, 2011 - Transcripts


Houston Texans Transcripts

Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring

Houston Texans Open Locker Room

Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell Conference Call

Colts QB Dan Orlovsky Conference Call

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski, Charles Hampton, Zac Emmons and Evan Koch)


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring

OLB Connor Barwin

LT Duane Brown

ILB Brian Cushing

WR Andre Johnson

ILB DeMeco Ryans

DE Antonio Smith

QB T.J. Yates

Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell Conference Call

Colts QB Dan Orlovsky Conference Call


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on WR Andre Johnson's status) "He worked today with (Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) Kap again, but he will not play. He's out. He's very close. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? He will not go. Obviously, we're 24 hours away from game time and he has not been back on the field, so give him some more time to rest. Got a long weekend, so hopefully that helps us out."


(on any other injuries) "Owen (Daniels) did not practice, had a sore knee. Troy Nolan did not practice, an ankle. Sherrick McManis, an ankle. There's one more. I'm forgetting somebody. (Mike) Brisiel, ya'll know Mike's out."


(on TE Owen Daniels' injury) "Until he gets back out here, he did a little bit yesterday with us. His knee's very sore today. It has been sore and we'll see where we're at. We're actually going to practice a little bit in the morning before we leave, so if he's able to go in the morning, his chances will be much better, but we'll see."


(on defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' health) "Yeah, he's doing very well. He is still in the hospital. I think the thought is possibly he gets out in the next day or two if everything continues to go like it has. I spent Saturday with him, spent a lot of time with him. (He's) very upbeat and up moving around, so he's doing very well."


(on if WR Andre Johnson will be back for the game against the Titans) "Well like I told ya'll, I would love for Andre to get some play time before we head into January, but at the same time, I've got to listen to him and watch him in what's going on. I think we're very close to him coming back out here with his teammates, but obviously with such a quick turnaround, it's not very smart and we'll get him some more rest time over the weekend."


(on if his familiarity with Colts QB Dan Orlovsky is an advantage) "No, we got enough things to worry about our own football team. You know, we're happy for Dan. Dan worked really hard for us. He's really a great guy. Our team really thought a lot of him, so I'm happy that he's found an opportunity there and did a heck of a job there last week, played very well."


(on how much he pays attention to the playoff scenarios) "I don't. I'm so concerned with us right now and trying to get us as healthy and as good as playing as I possibly can as a team heading into a couple weeks from now. Last week was very disappointing, so my focus has been on trying to fix those things and trying to come back here Thursday and play a lot better football."


(on the Colts defense) "I tell you, it's impressive. When you look at (Dwight) Freeney and (Robert) Mathis and those guys and what they've been through this season and watching them line up and play every week, that's what a pro is and we're going to get it again. They've obviously beaten us a few times in a row over there, nine if I'm correct for this organization. We got our work cut out for us and we understand every time we go in there, they always play well."


(on not seeing a drop off on the defensive side of the ball despite the Colts record) "Absolutely not. They've been playing their hearts out and they've been on the field a lot. They've been true pros through their situation. It's been impressive to watch."


(on if it's motivation that the Texans have never won against the Colts on the road) "Yeah, it keeps our attention, I know that. It's a tough place to play. It's loud, so it causes you problems. They beat you on cadence, so they get off the ball very good. If you get long third downs, your quarterback's going to be in trouble. Nothing's changed from that standpoint."


(on TE Joel Dreessen's knee) "He did practice today. He's beat up like a lot of guys. Just trying to continue to push him and at the same time be smart with him, but he should be ready to go."


(on how injuries to TEs Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen affects his thinking) "Well, it doesn't. Those two guys have played all year long. They haven't missed a practice. They've been true warriors. You take those two guys and our offensive line and boy, they've played some snaps. I'm very proud of how they went about it and like I said, at the same time, a lot of nicks right now. I don't have enough time to explain all the nicks to you."


(on if it helps to play a team he's familiar with on a short week) "You're right and it's going from 4-3 to 4-3, so there's a lot of carryover from that standpoint. Playing two games in four days in the NFL and having to go on the road to do it, that's very challenging mentally and physically. Guys handle themselves well, pretty much all mental work and then get ready to go play, but they've handled themselves very good."


(on what the Texans can do to try to get off to better starts) "Well, the first thing we've got to do is just go play cleaner. We got to go play a quarter without turning the ball over right now. That's our focus, just to take some baby steps back to playing good, solid football right now. You're right, we're disappointed in how we played last week. We got away with it two weeks ago. We didn't get away with it this past week. We won't get away with it from here on out and the guys know that, so it's time to start correcting it."


Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring

(on the quick turnaround to playing again on Thursday) "Obviously, it's a challenge for anybody in this league. The good thing is we know this opponent, it's a league opponent. They've changed a little bit offensively, but not to the point where it's going to obstruct preparation. They have a different quarterback this time. At the end of the day, it's a league opponent that we know inside and out. We know what they are going to do in each formation and where they're going to be. There shouldn't be any surprises. At the end of the day, we're more concerned about us right now. We're going to make sure our mindset is right, that we're focused and we understand what's at stake and make sure we come to play."


(on if the Colts and RB Donald Brown have run the football better without QB Peyton Manning in the lineup) "At the end of the day, I think offensively, they're still grasping and trying to find anything that'll work. Obviously, the run that [Brown] broke, they hit him in the backfield for an 8-yard loss. To be honest with you, it was a great run and individual run. It wasn't like they were blocking, knocking them off the ball. That's just being honest. As far as that run, any runner is a threat to break just like last week. When you don't fit things up right in this League, every back is capable of scoring. We're aware of that. At the same time, once again, we're right now in our preparation where we just want to make sure that we execute and we're more concerned about us and our frame of mind and how we approach the game."


(on if it is an advantage how familiar this team is with QB Dan Orlovsky) "No. At the end of the day, knowing somebody, you have to go play and execute at this level. Everybody has got assignments. Everybody has a role to play. At the end of the day, knowing somebody really bodes well for after the game. You get to go hug his neck and say hello. Other than that, everybody's trying to kill each other and compete in this competitive league. They're running their offense. We're running our defense. It's just going to come down to execution. Four quarters to make no mental mistakes, don't give up any big plays. Anybody in this league can beat anybody on a given day. We've got to prepare as if he was Cam Newton or whoever, it doesn't matter. We've got to execute and do what we do on defense."


(on if the Carolina game was DE J.J. Watt's most productive game) "J.J. has been playing excellent. He's really come on the last couple weeks. All those young guys always hit a lull at some point in time because it's all new. It's new kind of lifestyle. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Everybody, it's a humanistic game with the reality that you have to get up each week, whether you feel like it or not. We all go in phases. Right now, I think he's playing his best ball right now, at this point in time, in the last three or four games. We just have got to make sure the cats around him are doing the same thing."


OLB Connor Barwin

(on whether it's a good thing for the Texans to have a short week after losing on Sunday) "No doubt. It's good we're playing the Colts, too, who we know very well, so I think it works out well for us. Like you said, it's just really bad dealing with a loss and then having to keep thinking about it all week, so hopefully we can move on quickly now with this game on Thursday."


(on Indianapolis coming off of a win for the first time this season) "Well, they're playing better. (QB) Dan Orlovsky's playing better for them. You can tell he's getting the system down; he's getting the ball out very quick. They're running the ball a lot better than they were earlier. They've got some offensive linemen, they got their starters back. They had a bunch of guys down for a core part of the season, so they're healthy now and they're playing better."


(on what opposing offenses have done to negate the Texans defense's pressure) "The biggest thing is people have been leaving more guys in to block, keeping tight ends and running backs in to block and only putting out two guys on routes or three guys on routes; or just playing a lot of quick football and quick pass game, which is just a three-step drop and the ball's out quickly. So those are two things that teams do, but that's what every team does."


(on how the Texans defense can counter offenses getting the ball out quickly) "Well, in the quick game, you have to recognize that and you have to get your hands up, up front and try to bat down balls. And then when they keep guys in to protect, you've got to beat the protection and then cover the guys up outside."


(on the defense's reaction to watching the film of Sunday's loss) "yeah, we did take a little bit of a step back, but really we had played pretty well on a potent offense for three quarters. I think they had 150 yards going into the fourth quarter before those last two drives. So we did a lot of good things; we just didn't finish there at the end those two drives and those are things we need to clean up."


(on what Indianapolis does differently on offense with Dan Orlovsky instead of Peyton Manning at quarterback) "It doesn't look that much different. Dan's even dropping back like Peyton Manning back there now, it even looks like him; but they're running the ball more than they had before, [than] they were before we played them in Week 1. I think that's the biggest difference right now."


(on whether Indianapolis is running the same plays without QB Peyton Manning) "Yeah, same kind of plays, yup."


(on whether he has a competitive advantage since Indianapolis QB Dan Orlovsky used to play for the Texans) "I don't think it gives me any competitive advantage, but I think it's fun to play against people you know and I think it'll be fun to play against Dan because he was here two years and he's a good guy, so it'll be fun to get after him a little bit."


(on whether he'll talk to Indianapolis QB Dan Orlovsky if he sacks him) "Oh, of course. Yes."


(on whether it's odd to watch the Indianapolis offense on film without QB Peyton Manning) "Yeah, a little bit, but we're kind of used to it now because we've been seeing it all year without him."


(on if the Texans needed a reality check and if Sunday's loss provided that) "Well, I don't think we needed it, but I think you can take a positive out of it and say, 'Hold on,' and kind of refocus, I guess. I would obviously hope we would just keep playing great all the way through, but if you want to say maybe we refocused a little bit after that, maybe we did."


(on whether it's feasible to maintain a high level of play all the way through the rest of the season) "Yeah, I think it is, but like I was saying, we were playing really well that game (vs. Carolina) until two drives. I think that is our standard, and I think guys afterwards felt bad about it because we didn't play to that standard the whole time. I think it is feasible and I think that's what we need to do every game."


(on having a quick turnaround from Sunday afternoon to Thursday night) "Well, it's good because you can kind of get that bad taste out of your mouth and kind of move forward. It kind of forces you to move forward. Usually, today and yesterday are our days off; we've already been in here two days and worked, so we've already studied Indy and kind of had to force ourselves to move forward."


(on whether he left Sunday's game behind as soon as he left the locker room) "Well, I don't know about that, but you have to come in here Monday and watch the tape, and then you've got to move on."


(on what it means to him to record double-digit sacks for the first season in his career) "It does feel good. I'm happy about that. We've still got a couple of weeks left; hopefully I can get a couple more sacks, keep playing well. But I mean, somebody's got to do it on our defense when you're getting that kind of pressure, so I've just been the lucky guy to fall into a couple of them, but obviously, I feel really good about that."


(on whether he has surprised himself with how well he's played this season) "No, I don't think so. I expect myself to play well in this system and I haven't surprised myself."


(on if there is any extra incentive for the Texans since they've never won at Indianapolis) "I don't think that's extra incentive; I think we just need to go in there and win, obviously. It's not good to think that we've never [won] there in 10 years or nine years, but hopefully we can all change that on Thursday."


T Duane Brown

(on if he's surprised that the Colts have lost so many games without QB Peyton Manning) "Yeah, they still have great players. You look at what he's done for that organization, what he does for that offense, it's tough man. He basically checks everyone to get in position and do their job. Rarely do you see anybody, if ever, come through and do that for a team, so you knew it would be kind of troubling for them, but you never know."


(on the Colts defense still being good) "Oh yeah, still got (Dwight) Freeney over there lining up across from me. Still got (Robert) Mathis on the other side. Those guys haven't turned it off, turned it down one bit. Watching film on them, they're still playing like there's still a lot to play for."


(on how important it is to close out the season with two more wins) "Yeah, definitely. Looking at the roll we had, the streak we were on, to have a disappointing loss like we did Sunday, you definitely want to get things turned into the right direction. We have a great opportunity to do that as quickly as possible with a short week on the road in a big division win we can get. So, definitely want to get that bad taste out of our mouth."


ILB Brian Cushing

(on if it's good to play so quickly after losing on Sunday) "Yeah, it is. It's a feeling we definitely want to get over. Definitely want to get back on the football field and prove that we're better than that and just play winning football again."


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