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November 9, 2011 - Transcripts


Houston Texans Transcripts

Houston Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Houston Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Houston Texans Open Locker Room

Tampa Bay Head Coach Raheem Morris Conference Call

Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman Conference Call

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski and Zac Emmons)


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

T Duane Brown

FB James Casey

ILB Brian Cushing

TE Owen Daniels

CB Johnathan Joseph

WR Derrick Mason

OLB Brooks Reed

QB Matt Schaub

DE J.J. Watt


Tampa Bay Head Coach Raheem Morris Conference Call

Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman Conference Call


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on WR Andre Johnson) "Andre, it was a no-run day for him, so there was nothing unusual. He's run four out of the last five days, so we gave him the day off. He will be right back tomorrow working. There's still a possibility, but I know he will work with Kap (Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) tomorrow instead of us. But he is on schedule. Everything's going good, but it'll be a weekend decision once again."


(on if there's a chance WR Andre Johnson will play this weekend) "Yeah, there's a chance, but we're going to do the smart thing. He has been working very hard, gave him the day off. We'll come back tomorrow and see where he's at."


(on DE Antonio Smith) "He did not practice today. He did not practice, Cush (Brian Cushing) did not practice, Connor (Barwin) did not practice. Eric's (Winston) back tightened up on him. We're getting him looked at this afternoon, so he was not even out here. We had quite a few guys miss today, but we had plenty of reps to go around. We practiced very well, practiced very good."


(on what's wrong with ILB Brian Cushing and OLB Connor Barwin) "Just beat up. Connor just general soreness and we just held them out. They could have practiced."


(on the Buccaneers) "Well first off, they're a good football team. They've played some really good people, New Orleans twice, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, the people that have beaten them. Every team that has beaten them has won over five games in this League. We think they're a quality football team. They're 3-1 at home, got a big back, got a heck of a young quarterback that's capable of beating you any given day. Then defensively, they present a lot of problems with a lot of things they do. They're a good team and we got to go do it at their place, so we'll have to play well."


(on taking their momentum on the road) "We've been home for a couple weeks, so we go back to a hostile environment. We'll work with the noise tomorrow. It gets down to handling all that stuff as far as your success goes. Playing good road football, protecting the ball, playing good defense, find a way to run and see if we can find a way to win another game."


(on how concerned he is about T Eric Winston's back) "I'm okay right now until I see him tomorrow. He was walking around fine. It just tightened up on him, so we sent him down to make sure everything's okay."


(on QB Josh Freeman) "Size, athletic ability, can extend plays. He reminds me of (Ben) Roethlisberger a great deal. He's just a younger player. He's hard to tackle in the pocket and keeps the ball alive a lot, makes a lot of plays off schedule."


(on RB LeGarrette Blount) "Boy, he's a big guy now. They start pounding the ball. He's something. We'll get tested running the ball. It seems like we do every week. It'll probably come down to who runs it better, so hopefully we'll find a way to continue to run the ball."


(on if the way he is using RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate is to keep them both fresh) "I'd like to tell you it's perfect design, but it doesn't work that way. You go into the game and we've got a certain number we'd like to come out with but you don't know how the course of the game's going to go. I just have (Running Backs Coach) Chick (Harris) keep tabs on it and (Offensive Coordinator) Rick (Dennison) and try to have it come out a certain way. If it does come out the way you want it, that means things are going pretty good. He needs to touch the ball. He's a big play player, so hopefully he continues to do that."


(on what it's like to have two good running backs) "I think we have three, believe it or not. I really like our third (RB Derrick Ward). I think if he was getting the same opportunities, you'd see the same thing. We're playing well up front. They're giving whoever's back there plenty of room to go to work and those guys have done a good job."


(on if the way RB Ben Tate is playing has helped RB Arian Foster stay fresher) "Yeah, you know, Arian would probably answer he wants the ball every snap because he's a competitive guy and a hell of a player. It just makes the team stronger. More guys contributing makes the team stronger, continues to push everybody to a new level and that's what we're trying to do right now."


(on DE Antonio Smith) "He did not practice, but he's doing good. He ran and he did a few things with the guys, but he was not involved in practice. He'll be there."


(on NT Earl Mitchell) "Earl did not practice. Earl has a sore ankle. He did not practice, so we had four or five guys out and added Eric (Winston) to the list before we came out here. Hopefully they'll be back tomorrow. We'll see."


Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

(on if he feels guilty that he has two good running backs) "Absolutely not, no. Our guys have done a great job working. That's all I can say. Guys up front have worked hard. They've worked hard to figure out what we're doing and I worry just about us. I can't worry anybody else. We've got enough work to do around here."


(on if it's a game-by-game thing to determine how many carries RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate get) "It's a feel thing. (Running Backs Coach) Chick's (Harris) on the field, I'm in the box. We just kind of work it out. Try to keep one fresh all the time. You never quite sure how that's going to work out, but it seems to balance pretty well."


(on if balancing carries between RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate helps keep them fresh) "That's what we like to do. You like to see that burst. When one of them comes off the sideline, it seems like they got an extra burst, rather than carrying it four or five times, especially if you carry it as much as we did last weekend. You like to have a fresh one in there. They've done a great job."


(on the Buccaneers tough schedule this year) "Well, just like you said, everybody's winning games that they've played. It's not like they're getting a lot of points scored on them or anything. They've all been close games they've won. We played New Orleans. We know how good they are. They beat them once and it came close down to the wire the second time. They've played some very good teams and they've hung in there and they've played them tough, so it's another challenge, a good challenge for us."


(on how valuable the reps have been for other players with WR Andre Johnson out) "Yeah it is. Everybody's done a great job stepping up. When you lose a good player like that for a while, everybody's got to step up. I think those guys have done well. They've listened and they've worked hard in practice. It'll help us in the end, that's for sure."


T Duane Brown

(on the Buccaneers' defense) "Pretty good defense, very stout front seven, pretty good on the back end as well. They had a couple of rough games, but overall pretty good."


(on if the Buccaneers are a dangerous team) "Yeah, definitely. Just watching film, you give them a reason to believe and give them confidence and they'll be one of the toughest teams we've faced. You see on film once a couple teams got up on them early, it was kind of tough for them to get back into it."


(on wanting to go into the bye week with a win) "Definitely. It's all about momentum. We have pretty good momentum right now. Just trying to get this wins going and go into the bye week 7-3 would be a heck of a lot better than 6-4."


(on what the difference is when RB Ben Tate is in the game compared to RB Arian Foster) "For me, it's no different. For us up front, same blocking scheme. Both of them have the same reads. They're different style running backs, but as far as the rest of the offense, we don't feel like it's a difference at all."


FB James Casey

(on how he's feeling) "Much better. I'm getting a lot better. I feel like I've really turned the corner a little bit this past weekend. Coming in today, I felt a lot better at practice. I'm still not 100 percent. I've been limited, but I'm feeling much better and getting a lot more confidence with it and a little more upbeat now that I can go out and do a little more."


(on what the mood of the team is) "We're still business-like. Nobody's getting too excited because of course most people were here last year and we know we started off well and didn't finish. We got the bye week coming up and we know how important this game is. If we can get to 7-3, it'll be great going into the bye week and then hopefully finishing strong after that. Everybody's business-like. We know we got to take care of business in Tampa Bay, so we're ready to put a good week of work in and travel to Florida."


(on the Buccaneers) "They look really good. I mainly pay attention to their front seven. Their defensive line is playing very well. I know they spent a lot of draft picks recently on their defensive line, so they're playing well. Just like every team in the NFL is, they got really good players, so we're going to have to execute. They give us a lot of different fronts. I think that's one thing our offense does well. We're real disciplined and hopefully we'll be able to respond to whatever they give us."


ILB Brian Cushing

(on if he felt like today was the most energetic practice of the year) "I wasn't able really to contribute to that, but I thought the guys were flying around. I think people are excited. It's been a long time since we've been playing like this, if ever, and it feels good. It just feels right and we're going to continue to roll with it."


(on how he's feeling physically) "I'm doing good. It's getting later in the year, but I'm doing well. I'm going to be alright. I feel good. It's just one of those days I just probably needed one more day to get going again."


(on how it feels to be the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL) "It feels really good. It's an honor. It's something we worked hard for and we're happy about it, but it's something we're not going to just settle on. We feel that we're still improving and there's no limit for this defense."


(on the mood of the team) "It's good. It's a lot of football left and we feel we still haven't played our best football yet. That's something to look forward to and something to build upon."


(on how shocked he is that the defense is ranked first in the NFL) "I'm not shocked. At the same time, I know it's quite an accomplishment to do that. I know the talent we have, especially with the coaching that's here now. There's no other excuse but for us to do it."


TE Owen Daniels

(on being one of the best teams in the NFL) "It's weird. I don't think we're worried about being an elite team or what people think about us. We're just going out there and going to work and trying to get wins. I think that's good that our focus is in the right place and we're not worried about what people think about us or if they want to say we're a leader or we're a great team or whatever it is. We're worried about what we're doing in here and getting ready for Sunday."


(on if this team feels like they can control the game from beginning to end) "Yeah, that's the goal every week. I think we can do it in different ways, which is exciting. We can win in different ways. Our defense can win games for us. Our offense can win games for us. Our special teams are making plays. When you can go out there and do it in different ways, I think that just builds confidence within the team."


(on WR Kevin Walter saying he almost doesn't want the bye week because of all the momentum the team has) "We like the momentum, but it's been a long stretch here. I don't know if I'd agree. We will worry about the bye next week and we'll get some rest. I think we'll all be looking forward to it, especially if we can get to it how we want to."


(on RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate playing so well) "We knew what we had in Arian last year and what he was able to do. It's been impressive to see Ben come out. I'll be the first to tell you I didn't expect this out of him this year. He's worked his butt off and been really unselfish about playing. He didn't play a ton of plays last week, but he made the most of them and he's looking to do that every week. You got to give credit to the guys up front, making sure those guys have holes to run through."


(on how big it is to have a lot of production out of RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate) "That means so much. Usually it's just a guy spelling someone for a couple plays and hoping they can hang in there and have a good run or two. But you got two good backs with a little bit different styles. It's a good one-two punch, that's for sure."


CB Johnathan Joseph

(on the defense being ranked no. 1 in the NFL) "That was our goal coming in. We wanted to be a top defense in this League, we wanted to be a good football team and all those things, and they come with hard work. Over the course of the season, we've continued to get better week-in and week-out, and for us, we want to finish the second half of the season the same way we finished out the first half of the season."


(on whether he expected to have such a big impact on the defense this year)  "I wouldn't necessarily say it's all on me. I think it's a number of different things. Like I said, the guys up front are playing tremendous; we're getting pressure on the quarterback every play, pretty much, and we've got other guys in the back end. The safeties have been playing tremendous, our linebackers have been playing tremendous in pass and run defense, so I think overall it's a number of different things. I'm just glad to be a part of it."

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