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December 14, 2011 - Transcripts


Houston Texans Transcripts

Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring

Houston Texans Open Locker Room

Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera Conference Call

Panthers WR Steve Smith Conference Call

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring

OLB Connor Barwin

LT Duane Brown

ILB Brian Cushing

RB Arian Foster

WR Andre Johnson

CB Johnathan Joseph

ILB DeMeco Ryans

RB Ben Tate

DE J.J. Watt

QB T.J. Yates


Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera Conference Call

Panthers WR Steve Smith Conference Call


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' health situation) "Well, the most important thing is Wade's health right now. He needs to go get this done and the doctors feel very good about it. Wade feels very good about it, so we'll get it done in the morning. He needs to take care of his health and we need to take care of the football for him."


(on linebackers coach Reggie Herring taking over) "I listen every week on the headset. Reggie's been with (defensive coordinator) Wade (Phillips) four or five years now in a row, so Reggie is Wade's right hand man in a lot of ways in this defense. He's ready to do it. Reggie's called defenses before. We got a lot of confidence. We just need to keep going."


(on if defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be limited when he returns) "Oh no, I think we just wait and see. Let's just get through tomorrow first and the recovery period and we'll go from there. But like I said, the most important thing is him making sure he takes care of himself right now."


(on what changes on defense while defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is gone) "It doesn't change anything. You just keep coming. (Linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) makes the calls. (Defensive assistant) Bobby (King) works with the linebackers all the time anyway, so the dynamics of how we practice and what we do, nothing changes. Who's on the field, who's off, nothing changes there too. It's just a matter of Reggie making the calls and he's with Wade every day preparing to do that."


(on overcoming obstacles week after week) "Yeah, it has been an interesting deal. It seems like something every week that we're having to adjust to or whatever, but I think that's why we're probably where we're at today because we've been finding a way to answer the call, so to speak. This is a situation to me where we know we're getting him back, but we need to do what's best for him right now and make sure his health is taken care of. (Defensive coordinator) Wade (Phillips) will be back. We just need to keep going, keep working and (linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) will do a hell of a job."


(on any updates on player injuries) "For us, so much else going on, I forgot. Andre (Johnson) did jog today. He came out and worked on the field, actually did more than jogged, actually looked pretty good over there running around. Tim Bulman returned to practice today. Sherrick McManis is out. Other than that, we're back to full strength today."


(on if he expects WR Andre Johnson to play this week) "Well, I think any time he's out here moving on the field, there's a chance, but there's still a ways to go, to me, before he's out there. It'll continue to be day-to-day, but today was a step in the right direction."


(on what jumps out to him the most about the Panthers) "Quarterback jumps out at you. I just told the team, I said, 'Hey guys, I'd love to tell you we can give you a good look in practice of what you're going to face this week, but we can't.' We're going to do our best. You got to respect what he is as an athlete and what he can do to you. It's a different challenge because of what they do and all his ability. I think they've been in the top five offensively moving the ball all year, so it's a big challenge for our defense. They're a good young football team that's been in every dang ball game. We'll have our hands full. We'll have to play better than we did last week, I know that."


(on how concerned he is about an emotional letdown this week) "You know, emotion's something you deal with every week, not just this week, but we've got a lot of problems to deal with this week. We've got a lot of football that we didn't handle very good last week in all three phases of the game. We went back to work today and tried to focus on those things and clean those things up and like I said, try to focus on how good can we be as we move here. Three weeks from now, how good a football team can we be?"


(on what QB T.J. Yates needs to improve on) "I don't want to see him get sacked five times. I think a few of those were his, a few of those were the backs and the line accounted for one or two. I think getting rid of the ball, I don't want him sitting in there getting beat up and those types of things. He's got some decision-making issues that he's got to get fixed, but he has shown the ability when he does make a mistake to correct it and not do it again. He's working very hard and continues to practice well, so that's important."


(on who will return kickoffs) "It'll either be (Shiloh) Keo or (Quintin) Demps, we'll see."


(on if he's concerned about the bad calls against the Texans) "Well, we were going back to the one two weeks ago on the arm going forward. They came back and told us that they still think his arm was going forward, so there's nothing we can do there. The one the other day, I have to admit, I don't understand that one. He never made a football move, but we turned it in. I'll find out this evening, so I'll let you guys know."


(on what contributions he sees WR Jeff Maehl making) "Well, I think he gives you a variety of things. First off, he knows all the wide receiver spots. He can play all three, so that's important. He can help (special teams coordinator) Joe (Marciano) on special teams. He covered kicks good for Joe in the preseason. He's a guy that's been working extremely hard for an opportunity. Our players respect him because of how hard he's worked on the scout team, so we'll give him an opportunity to help out."


Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

(on taking a medical leave of absence) "I feel good. I don't have any physical problems right now, so if I get this done, this procedure that I'm doing, then I'll be fine. I'll be out maybe a week, maybe a little longer than that, so it's the next man up. That's what we've done all year. The team, it's 'we,' it's not me. I've been getting too much credit, but it's the football team, and they're going to play. I haven't done a good job if they're not ready to play, if they're not ready to practice, they're not ready to prepare to play, so hopefully I've done those things right."


(on what type of procedure he's having) "I don't want to go into it, but it's not life-threatening, there's no chemotherapy involved or radiation and all that stuff."


(on whether the procedure is cancer-related) "No. I don't want to get into it; it's personal, but it's not a vasectomy (laughing), in case you wondered."


(on whether he's having a GI procedure) "I don't know. I was never in the Army, so I don't know."


(on whether he knew about the procedure for some time before today) "Not really. It came up more all of a sudden. You remember I was sick a week or so ago, and so they said, 'Hey, we need to do this,' and I'm doing it."


(on whether he's concerned) "Well, any time you have something done, I mean, it's an operation.  It's not a…it's an operation, but I feel good. I mean, the doctors, they say they can handle everything, there's no problems; they don't foresee any problems and they see me getting back within 10 days, so that's where I'm looking."


(on whether he expects to be back for the Texans' game against Tennessee on January 1) "Yeah, I think so. I can't say Indianapolis (December 22) for sure because I don't know if I'll be traveling, but somewhere in that time frame."


(on which part of his body he's having surgery) "They announced it was a procedure on my kidney, right?"


(on what the worst-case scenario would be for the surgery) "Well, the worst-case is I'd die, you know?  That'd be the worst case for me; I don't know about y'all."


(on what would be the most time he could miss following the procedure) "They haven't said that. They said like 10 days. That's what I'm going by."


(on if he said the surgery would be on his kidney) "Yeah, that's it."


(on his confidence in linebackers coach Reggie Herring, who will call plays on defense in his absence) "Oh, yeah. We've got everything set up. The game plan's set up. We tweak a few things, and we've done that this week, as far as what we're doing. The team we're playing, certainly you've got to do that with the quarterback they have, but I expect everything to run smoothly."


(on whether he would be on the sidelines or in the press box when he returns) "I don't know what's going to happen. It depends on what the doctors say. If I can move around a lot, well, then I'll get on the sideline. If I can't, I'll be in the press box."


Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

(on Antoine Caldwell stepping in to play right guard while Mike Brisiel is out) "Well, Antoine's played before. He played a lot last year. He's played with the guys next to him, which is the important part. We feel pretty good about it. Just like everything else, anybody else that's come in; he's practiced, he's played. We feel good about it."


(on how Jeff Maehl fits in at the No. 5 wide receiver spot) "Jeff's practiced very, very hard. He's come through and done some great things for us. In preseason he did a good job on special teams and it's one of those areas that we thought he deserved a shot and he would give us a good effort on game days so we thought we'd bring him up and see how he does."


(on Carolina's defense) "Their defense is a good group. They've got a lot of talent. We'll have our hands full because they do a lot of different things. They can cause you some problems by what they do blitz-wise or just sitting in their zones, just like every group. Everything is going to be a little bit different for us and the only thing that's common is there's four guys up front and three linebackers. It'll be a good test for us again and we'll have our work cut out for us."


(on if he was surprised at how calm QB T.J. Yates was on the final drive against Cincinnati) "Not really because he's had the same demeanor since we've gotten him. That was one of the reasons, one of the strong points that we had looking at him in the draft. He did a great job in critical situations in his senior year and even throughout. I mean, they had injuries all over the place throughout his college career and he always kept his poise. It's one of those things you kind of projected and hoped would come true and it did."


(on how calm he was on the Texans' final drive against Cincinnati) "Not very. (I had) confidence that the guys, we put them through as many situations as we possibly can and it's up to them to take that in practice and carry that over into the game."


(on if he will handle the running backs differently, given the time of the year) "Just like we've been doing, we try to break it as evenly as we can. There's some ebb and flow that happens and give and take and play it by ear as it goes. If one guy has a good couple series then maybe he'll get more or less. We'll just see how it goes."


Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring

(on his mindset as he takes over for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips) "Well, more so than anything, we've got a lot of things to finish here this season. As far as me calling the plays and being the coordinator for this game and the next two games, this is a system. I've been raised under Wade Phillips for the last four years. I've studied him. We think a lot alike. At the end of the day, I'm not Wade Phillips, but it's Wade Phillips' system. It's our calls. It's what the players know. We have confidence. At the end of the day, it's going to come down to execution and consistency, what it does every week. I feel very confident about this. The players, we're all in a good frame of mind right now. We have a lot of things to finish, home field advantage, as you know, and we're number one in the NFL right now. We have a lot to play for. Players have shown a lot of character and pride. I don't see any letdown in these guys. Once again, at the end of the day, Wade will be with us every snap. This is his system, his defense and we'll move on."


(on what changes there will be in responsibilities for him) "Well really, the only that changes is the actual defense call is going to come out of my mouth to the player. In my mind, we always, as coaches, play the game in our mind. We all have a game plan going in. We've talked. It's a process. Every situation, every personnel group, every formation, every call has a rhyme and a reason for it. It's studied. It's done. We've practiced it. We rehearse it. So, at the end of the day, it's a formality on game day. It's a matter of what are they going to do? What are they going to give us? What situation? Then we put the call with the group in the situation. It's all studied. It's pretty much a science. It's a system. As far as, really not much of anything, other than the fact that I'm going to call Wade Phillips' defense."


(on if he has to have a different demeanor now) "None whatsoever. I'm 52 years old, been coaching 31 years and this old horse only knows one way to go down the hill. I am who I am and I'm not an actor. The bottom line is we'll be focused, task at hand. It's a tremendous responsibility that we as the players and us as coaches have. With the absence of Wade, we have a tremendous responsibility to carry on what we've done so far to date. We're not finished. We've got to get this thing done and the players know this. At the end of the day, the last thing we want to do is disappoint Coach Wade or Coach Kubiak or the Texans fans. We'll be ready and we'll be ready to play."


(on facing Panthers QB Cam Newton) "That's probably the Achilles of this whole conversation. At this time and point of the season, this is probably the most explosive offense that we've faced all year. They have great capability at every position. They've got (Steve) Smith at wide out. They've got the two tight ends that are a tremendous threat vertical down the field. Both their running backs can scat and bounce and cut back with great vision and the quarterback is really quite a physical specimen. He can throw the ball 60 yards on a rope. He can avoid. He can evade. He can create on the run. He is young and we just got to hope that some o

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