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December 7, 2011 - Transcripts


Houston Texans Transcripts

Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Houston Texans Open Locker Room

Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis Conference Call

Bengals QB Andy Dalton Conference Call

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

OLB Connor Barwin

NT Shaun Cody

ILB Brian Cushing

RB Arian Foster

QB Jeff Garcia

CB Johnathan Joseph

WR Derrick Mason

C Chris Myers

ILB DeMeco Ryans

QB Matt Schaub

FB Lawrence Vickers

DE J.J. Watt

QB T.J. Yates


Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis Conference Call

Bengals QB Andy Dalton Conference Call


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on WR Andre Johnson's status) "We did not even bring him out today. He's in the training room. Obviously with the weather, it's nice, but it's cool, so we weren't going to run him today. It'll be day-to-day. I'll let you guys know tomorrow. (Tim) Bulman did not practice today. (Brian Cushing) Cush did not practice today. That's where we're at."


(on ILB Brian Cushing's injury) "He's just beat up, just beat up from the last few weeks. We'll get him to game day, but hopefully we'll get some reps out of him tomorrow."


(on WR Andre Johnson's situation) "Well I feel fortunate. Is there a chance this weekend? I probably can answer that better in a couple days. There's always a chance. I feel very fortunate. I know we're going to get Andre back. The key here right now is that when we get him back, we need to make sure we get him back for the long haul. Hopefully we can get him back here real quick. He's upbeat. He felt good today, but like I said, until he gets back out here, we'll have to wait and see."


(on how familiar he is with Bengals QB Andy Dalton) "Very familiar. Heck, I remember when he played in high school. What a player. He's a winner. He finds a way to make plays and the rookie year he's had, the job that (Bengals offensive coordinator) Jay's (Gruden) done with him there in Cincinnati has been exceptional. Very, very impressed with him."


(on how frustrating it's been for WR Andre Johnson this season with injuries) "I know it's been frustrating, very much so for him, especially where his football team is right now. But all that frustration can go away. Get healthy, come back and finish the right way. That's what we're counting on, but I know it's been a difficult time for him."


(on his confidence in the other receivers) "Ya'll know how much confidence I have in them. Ya'll know how they played when Andre (Johnson) was out. It brings Derrick (Mason) back up to playing a lot more and Bryant (Johnson) up to playing a lot more. That's kind of the way it's been all season. Those guys practiced good today and I expect them to play well."


(on FB Lawrence Vickers' status) "He practiced and he should be good to go. We'll be smart with him through the week, but him not playing last week was the best thing. The trainers were right. He looks like he's good to go."


(on what FB Lawrence Vickers brings to the running game) "It's huge. He's been a big part of what we're doing in our two-back offense. He's playing very, very well for us, so to have him back not only for us, but for (special teams coordinator) Joe (Marciano) is important."


(on why he chose QB Jeff Garcia over QB Kellen Clemens) "You know what, I tell you what, I almost signed them both when was that, a week ago, two weeks ago, didn't do it then. Then all this time we're having to spend with Jake (Delhomme) to get him ready for an emergency situation and what I saw (quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp) Knapper and (offensive coordinator Rick Dennison) Rico go through last week, I said, 'You know, let's bring him in here. Let's do it with both of them, so if we do hit a problem, at least we got two guys vested in what we're doing and two veterans who played in some big games.' I thought that was important at this point."


(on how QB Jeff Garcia looked today) "He was fine. We didn't ask him to do much today. We're trying to get the cadence down and just get him going. It's just nice to be able to work with both of them, so we know we got a little comfort zone there."


(on if he talked to the players about potentially clinching the AFC South this weekend) "I don't. They know that. The only thing I know is every time you talk about a scenario, that scenario includes us winning, so let's worry about winning the next game. Our guys know that. We were sluggish today in practice early. It took us a while to get going and we can't be sluggish when we go there. We're going to have to practice better tomorrow, but they understand what's going on."


(on quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp's role this season) "Greg's an excellent coach, a great teacher of the fundamentals of the position. The way he prepares the quarterbacks, him and (offensive coordinator) Rick (Dennison) work together with those guys, but the way he prepares those guys is good as I've ever been around. The thing I really like about Greg, if I was a quarterback, is the way he handles them on game day. He's the positive guy all the time with them, in between series, what's going on. As a play caller, sometimes you get upset with this or that because they didn't execute this, but he keeps things under control and keeps people going and that's what he did a great job with."


(on how he's adapted to QB T.J. Yates) "Well, it's challenging, but at the same time, as a coach, it can be very rewarding for the player, for the coach. You get in a tough situation like this and the first thing you got to do is think positive and exude that with the player and that's what we're doing with T.J. This is why you coach, to see guys like this step to the plate and handle situations like he's in. Every day's a challenge, but he's getting better. He was even better today than he was Sunday."


(on if he asks QB T.J. Yates what he's comfortable doing in the game at the end of each week like he did with QB Matt Schaub) "I do. It is important that he tells me what he feels good about, but at the same time, I may say, 'Hey, I know you don't like this, but I think this is the best thing to do in this situation and here's the way I want you to handle it.' He really takes to coaching. When you tell him something once, it's fixed the next play. Today, we really made practice hard on him with noise, not only at the line of scrimmage, in the huddle, so we're going to continue to challenge this kid and ask him to grow up faster than anybody else would, so I think that's important."


(on how impressed he's been with QB T.J. Yates' ability to throw the deep ball) "Well, he handled it the other day. He made some big throws down the field, the one on the move to Andre (Johnson). He's capable of doing that, so we'll see if he has an opportunity to."


(on how QB T.J. Yates knows who to listen to with all the coaches and veteran quarterbacks around him) "It is going to be one hell of a picture, one hell of a quarterback picture at the end of the year. I think that's our job to make sure that we surround him with the right people and that's what we're trying to do right here. Let's remember Matt Schaub's in a meeting with him every morning, every day. That's probably the biggest guy that he needs to focus on right now, as (quarterbacks coach) Greg (Knapp) works with the other two that we've brought in. Matt will continue to be a big part of T.J.'s growth."


(on what he thought about Bengals QB Andy Dalton when he was drafted) "I was really impressed. He did not play under center much, if I remember correctly, but the thing you, when you watch film, he's just a winner. He found a way to make plays. He can play the game off-schedule. Just a battler, competitor, reminded me a little bit of (Brett) Favre when I studied Favre coming out, but he did throw the ball a lot more than Favre. Very impressed with him. I know a lot of people in Houston are proud of him."


(on if he sees himself in QB T.J. Yates) "He's a hell of a lot better than I was, I can promise you that."


(on having some good moments coming off the bench when he played quarterback) "There weren't many."


(on if he feels any special affection for QB T.J. Yates because he's in a similar situation) "Yeah, I know what he's going through. I know how he's thinking. It's like last Friday at practice, he struggled a little bit at times on Friday and I made him repeat some plays. After practice I went over to (offensive coordinator Rick) Dennison and I said, 'You know what he's thinking right now?' Rick said, 'What's that?' I said, 'He's thinking, 'Let's go play the dang game. I'm tired of practicing.' Yeah, I understand what he's going through, but our guys have done a really good job with him from a confidence standpoint and a support standpoint. He's on a good team and that's the best thing you can hope for."


(on how P Matt Turk has looked) "Matt takes care of himself, we knew that. He was here in town. We're lucky from that standpoint because he can come in and hold for Neil (Rackers) and we keep going from that standpoint. We've been lucky. We're lucky to get him to replace him."


(on the pass play that was ruled a fumble in the game against Atlanta) "Have not got back word yet, no I haven't. I've asked them to show me the look that they got that would verify their opinion."


(on the defense and how they get better every week) "Well the biggest thing, it's about the group. They're all contributing every week. You've got Kareem (Jackson) as the player of the game this week. It seems like it's been somebody different every week. They practice with a lot of energy. They work very hard. They play with a lot of confidence. They're coached with a lot of confidence and it shows on Sundays."


(on CB Johnathan Joseph) "Great player, but even better leader, so that's been important."


Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

(on how QB T.J. Yates looked today) "He did a good job. We all, as a team, lacked a couple times probably in the third period, but he did some good things. You know what, I gave him a couple things that he didn't do so well last week and he did better. He improved, which we kind of expected from him. He's a smart kid who works hard at what we tell him to do and he'll get better as we keep going."


(on if QB T.J. Yates has a better handle on the game than most young players) "I don't know. I haven't been around many young guys that we had to throw in there like that. He was pretty calm. Just from watching him, he was pretty calm during the game and it seemed like he handled the situation pretty well."


(on what QB T.J. Yates needs to improve on) "Well, if I told you that, then they'd pick on us. No, just certain throws, certain reads that we ask him to do and he got better at it. If he keeps taking strides, that's what we're asking because we as a group will take strides with him."


(on how much the return of FB Lawrence Vickers can help in the running game) "Well, he was playing very well. It's a different element for us, especially what he does as a two-back and leading for any one of the ball carriers. That'll be a big plus for us."


(on if he was surprised by how QB T.J. Yates kept plays alive by avoiding pressure) "No, he's a good athlete. He showed that when he got a chance to play for us and he showed that on the college stuff. We kind of expected that from him, maybe not to that extent, but he did a nice job keeping things alive like you said."


(on the weather in Cincinnati) "It could be just like today. They said 40 and sunny. I don't know. I've been in Cincinnati when it's been almost too hot early in the year and I've been there where it's been really cold. Whatever it is, they've got to deal with it and we've got to deal with it. Whatever we need to do, we'll do what we can to win."


OLB Connor Barwin

(on playing back in Cincinnati this weekend) "Yeah, it is special just because I had four great years there and it was where I got my first career sack, so hopefully I can repeat that in some way."


(on if he's had to buy a lot of tickets for the Bengals game) "Nothing like my rookie year, but I've got a decent amount of people. I know Kevin Huber at their place for the Bengals. He got me some good tickets."


(on how much he's grown since the first time he played the Bengals) "It's a lot different. I think maybe my first sack was a little lucky. But now, hopefully if I get one this week, it won't be luck."


(on what he was doing in Cincinnati during the offseason) "I was back there. I was in Cincinnati. As soon as the season ended this year, I went back to Cincinnati and finished my rehab at UC (University of Cincinnati) and worked out there for most of the summer."


(on when he realized that he belongs at the outside linebacker position) "I think that moment happened before we even started practicing. I knew it would be good for me and then just throughout training camp, I just continued to gain confidence."


NT Shaun Cody

(on the Bengals) "They got a good running back and a good young quarterback, who's doing some good things for them, and a really talented wide receiver who's making some big plays at a young age. It'll definitely be a challenge."


(on if Bengals QB Andy Dalton plays like a rookie) "No, it looks like he's been doing it for a while. He's pretty calm back there and makes plays with his feet sometimes and definitely can throw it a mile."


(on how much the team has talked about the possibility of clinching the AFC South this week) "We know what's at stake. You don't change the way you play, I don't think. You play every game as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may. I think that's what this team's been doing. We've been going out there and trying to secure a win every week, going 1-0, so we're going to keep that rolling."


(on if he senses the energy from the fans) "I think if you were at the stadium on Sunday, you could feel the energy of the fans. They definitely want a taste of the playoffs and we do as players too, as well. But when you're playing, you got to put your head down and just keep grinding, keep grinding and don't take anything for granted."


(on what it would mean to be the first Texans team to make it to the playoffs) "We'd love to do that for the city. We'd love to do that for everyone in Houston. That's our goal this year is to get to the playoffs and make something happen in the playoffs."


ILB Brian Cushing

(on Bengals QB Andy Dalton) "I see a good player, a young kid that's come in, hasn't gotten intimidated much, hasn't been overloaded with a playbook or defensive schemes or anything. He's looked good since day one. He's a confident player that makes good decisions. He's had some rough outings here and there against some pretty good defenses, but for the most part, I think he's done a good job, a really good job."


(on if he senses the energy from the fans) "Yeah, I think so. I think just an overall sense of excitement. As you can tell from this past weekend, really how electric the stadium was and the fans and just the buzz around the city. As far as the players, we just got to take care of what's in front of us. Nothing else matters if we don't win the game. That's what we have to do, so we're just going to continue to keep the objective in mind and that's just winning, going 1- 0 every week."


(on how the team stays focused on just winning rather than what's at stake) "It's a big deal, but the deal to us is winning and winning this matchup, preparing the same way as we always do and just doing what we can. We just need to win the game. That's the bottom line."


(on his health situation) "I'll be good. I got the ribs and the knee right now, but I'm taking care of it and I know come Sunday, I'll be fine."


(on if there are any limitations for him right now) "No, I'll be fine. It's just one of those things, 48 or 72 hours after a game, it's still sore. It's just going to take a little bit more time."


RB Arian Foster

(on the possibility Houston could clinch a playoff spot if Houston beats Cincinnati and Tennessee loses to New Orleans) "There's a lot of 'ifs' flying around. That doesn't really matter. We're just trying to beat Cincinnati. If anything else happens, that's awesome but we're just trying to get a win against Cincinnati."


(on if he can feel the excitement of the fans Houston building) "Absolutely. Everywhere you go, there's the buzz going around the city. Houston has been wanting a winning team here for a long time. We're glad that we can finally provide that little spark, but we've got to go finish."


QB Jeff Garcia

(on how it feels to be back in an NFL locker room) "Well, it's a great feeling. It's awesome to be back and to have an opportunity to be part of a great team, a team that is really going places and to come in and see however it is that I can contribute, help the young guy out and just be a part of something special."


(on the process of trying out for the Texans) "You know, the first time it was exciting just to get a call. Honestly, I'm not saying that I checked out, but I was on to other things. Let's be honest, I'm 41 years old and as much as I keep myself in shape, I wasn't necessarily out there throwing the ball every other day. To get the call and to just have my name come up, it was a great feeling. To come out here, to be able to throw the ball around and show that even though I'm older, I can still run around with the young guys, that sort of thing. It felt good. Going home, it was like a win-win for me. My name got back on the radar, but yet, going home was not a bad thing either because I have a great life at home. When I came back last week and they didn't sign me, I went home angry. I went home mad and I didn't feel real good about that because now all of a sudden, it was like I wasn't just that I was being mentioned or on the radar. Now it was actually a little more serious than that. I rea

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