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October 19, 2011 - Transcripts


Houston Texans Transcripts

Houston Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Houston Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Houston Texans Open Locker Room

Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak Conference Call

Tennessee Titans Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck Conference Call

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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


Houston Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Houston Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

OLB Connor Barwin

T Duane Brown

FB James Casey

ILB Brian Cushing

TE Joel Dreessen

DE Tim Jamison

CB Johnathan Joseph

WR Derrick Mason

SS Glover Quin

OLB Brooks Reed

QB Matt Schaub

RB Ben Tate

WR Kevin Walter

DE J.J. Watt

T Eric Winston


Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak Conference Call

Tennessee Titans Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck Conference Call


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(opening statement) "Let me talk about the moves here in the past day. Obviously, (Dominique) Barber went to IR. Shiloh Keo is active now. He's on the active roster, so he's available going into the game. Chris Ogbonnaya went to Cleveland. He was put on the active roster in Cleveland and so we're happy for him. It's a great opportunity for him. Javarris Williams, we brought in as a practice squad running back and Torri Williams, we brought him back to the practice squad. That's everybody."


(on the health of his team) "Nothing has really changed. Andre (Johnson) worked today but he did not practice. James (Casey) did not practice today. Matt (Schaub) took his practice today and Danieal Manning did practice today. Other than James and Andre, I think everybody was pretty much out here."


(on the difference of playing without James Casey) "It's big. We built our offense around what his capabilities are this offseason, when we knew that was the direction that we were going to go at fullback. He's doing a lot of good things and making a lot of plays for us. All of a sudden, you lose Andre and then you lose him and his versatility. It's been tough but Lawrence (Vickers) has got to step in and he's got his strengths too as a player. Derrick (Mason) has to step in offensively. It's been an adjustment period but it's something we have to handle as a group and find a way to make it work."


(on Andre Johnson's status) "I don't. I hate to not have an answer for you every day. He's running. He ran some routes and caught the ball. There is still progress to make before Andre is going to be on the field. It may be that he gets on the field and practices a little bit before the weeks out. I don't' know right now. He continues to progress and what are we: two weeks and couple of days into this thing? I think we're right on schedule. There have been no setbacks. Everything has been positive, so we'll keep going."


(on if QB Matt Schaub practiced) "Matt (Schaub) did practice. He's just sore. Like I said, he's beat up, but he did practice. We're giving (Matt) Leinart a lot more work, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays right now. Matt (Schaub) is pushing through and we just need to get him through a week where he's not getting beat up very much, but he worked today."


(on if there is any chance that WR Andre Johnson will play this week) "I don't ever want to say no, but I think like I said before, there is still progress to be made before Andre (Johnson) is back on the field for us. He has not returned to practice yet as of right now."


(on what RB Arian Foster can do better to run the ball against eight-man fronts) "Sometimes I think he might be pressing a little bit. When you're struggling-we've struggled to run the ball the last two weeks. We knew it was going to be tough to run the ball this past week against Baltimore. He's still making up for three weeks of lost time there in the season too. He just needs to settle down and play. We've got to play good in front of him and he's got to just do his job and those things will come. He just needs to keep working. Like I said, he's about a month behind the team as far as practicing and game reps, but he will catch up and he's working very hard. He practiced good today. Arian will be fine. He just needs to stay positive."


(on the team's mindset right now) "Well it's probably as good of a practice as we've had. I don't know if it was the cool air or what, but we're very upbeat. We're upbeat in what we're doing. This is a big game. Everybody is very excited. This team, really to me, responds to when they make mistakes, they come in and get them right and go the next day. That's what it's all about. We've got a long way to go. We've got 10 weeks of football left to play. We just need to focus on being as good as we can be each week."


(on the recall between practice and games) "We talked about it. It's time to move on. When you get through with Monday and make the corrections, it's time to start thinking about Tennessee, so that's what we've done today. Anytime you make mistakes in games and you get beat, then you have to fix them. We're focused on getting better today and hopefully we'll be better on Thursday and Friday and then on Sunday."


(on what they're doing different in the fourth quarter this year compared to last year) "Well, we're great early in games this year. It's always something. Right now, that's the problem. We can be better in the red zone, but we've just got to play better in the fourth quarter."


(on running the ball better at the end of games) "Usually, when you're in a close game like that, how you run the ball late in the those games is a big factor in  your success because if you're sitting there having to throw it, especially on the road against a team like Baltimore, then you're going to end up going down with the ball. I think it all goes together."


(on the new look in Tennessee) "They have a lot of the same players. Of course, Mike (Munchak) was there with Jeff (Fisher), so a lot of things are the same. They play extremely hard and are very physical. Their offense has changed quite a bit from before so we have to adjust to that. Defensively, they do have a new coordinator, but a lot of the schemes are the same. I think it's a same type of game, a very physical game with those guys."


(on if Chris Johnson looks the same on tape this year) "There is no doubt and he's had a week off. We know that and we know how dangerous he is and what he's done to us in the past. So we won't' have any problem understanding what we're fixing to go face. They're very difficult from that standpoint because he's very capable of having big, big plays on you, not only in the run game but the pass game as well. It's Wade (Phillips) and them's first time to see him, too. We're going to have to play well."


(on if this game is extra-important) "No, they're all important. I don't think you can put a thumb on any one game. You can probably look back at the end of the season and be able to do that. But right now, you've just got to make sure and play as good as you can play each week. This is the biggest one of the year because it's the next one. So we're going to have to play well."


(on the Berry kids being out at practice) "We invited them out for a couple of weeks and then finally they were able to get a chance to come out. It's good to see them. I think two of the three of them are here today."


(on entertaining the idea of having WR Andre Johnson back this week or if he's expecting him to be out) "Well, first off, I'm not going to say no. I'm not going to say it. Y'all have tried me three times here. He's got to reach the practice field before he plays in a game and he's not done that yet. Everything is going exactly the way we thought it would go. He did run today and catch balls and run routes. He just hasn't practiced yet."


(on WR Derrick Mason's progress) "He's doing good. The two days last week and then he helps us in the game. He looked good today, mentally. He can still run so he'll be able to help us. When it's all said and done, we could come out of this thing very, very strong when we get Andre (Johnson) back and we get James (Casey) back and Derrick helps us like that. We could come out stronger than ever, so we just have to stay positive and keep moving."


(on the importance of having QB Matt Schaub practice to work on his timing with WR Derrick Mason) "It's important to practice. Matt (Schaub) can play without practicing. The fact that he took reps today makes me feel like he's feeling a lot better than he did yesterday."


(on the play of DE Tim Jamison) "It was excellent. I think I said after the game, he probably would've been the Player of the Game had we won the game. His progress as a player has been exceptional. He has a big, big upside and he'll continue to play more."


(on OLB Brooks Reed) "He played very well. He can get better, but he went in there and played in a big game in a tough spot to play and played very well. He played every darn play. That's impressive for a rookie. He bounced back and practiced good today. We need him to play huge."


(on if FB James Casey is more likely to play Sunday than WR Andre Johnson) "I don't know guys. Neither one of them practiced. I can't help you. I'll meet y'all at the same place tomorrow."


Houston Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

(on his preparation for Tennessee) "Every week is a challenge and they present the challenge of being a divisional opponent. They have some of the same personnel just with a little different scheme. We know Frank Bush from being here so there is a little bit of familiarity. We put in a few plays, ran them today and hopefully they look good. We'll make some corrections tomorrow like we do every week."


(on expecting a physical game from the Titans) "Oh yeah. There's no doubt. They have good players up front. The tone seems to be set by 31 (Cortland Finnegan) on the backend. He does some great things for them. He's a great player. We'll see if we can find our cracks and see if we can make our plays and finish the game out."


(on how nice it was to have Matt Schaub out practicing today) "Well, it's always good to give him a little bit to go through the mental things. He'll be there on Sunday."


(on how much of a priority is it to protect Schaub) "We just have to do what we do, better. A couple broken plays got us I think. We all know that it's a priority to keep him standing up, whether they blitz or the just rush four. We'll keep working on that and get guys open and keep moving the chains."


(on how you get over the fourth quarter hump) "Like anything else, if you make a play or don't make a play, you can't be overconfident because you just made one. You have to go strap it up for the next one and you can't let it get you down if you don't make the play. This week is a new opportunity just like every game is a new opportunity. You correct your mistakes. You try to correct them on the field of play so that next time the opportunity presents itself, you make the play."


(on Head Coach Gary Kubiak's comment that Wednesday's practice was the team's best this year) "Well, we were spirited. I don't know; he's probably got a better feel. I'm just looking at our side and guys were in the right spot and they were working hard at it; and I think in general, we do that every day. Whether it was the best or the worst, as long as we're not making mistakes. We ended up having a couple MA's (missed assignments), but you're going to have that on Wednesday, and we'll make those changes by Friday."


(on the attitude of the team) "Everyone's positive. I don't think there's a negative guy on our team, and that's the way we need it. Everybody's working toward one goal, and we didn't get it last week, but we're going to get it this week."


(on how the rushing attack can deal with defenses overplaying the cutback lanes) "If they stay home, we should stay outside. The whole thing is based on, after working in it for a while, is going where they're not. The line and the back have to work together, and if we don't do it correctly, then we don't make the plays that we should."


(on Tennessee's defensive philosophy under new head coach Mike Munchak) "Well, I think in general their defensive philosophy, I don't know how much Coach Munchak has to do with that. I just watch what we've got up there. He's an excellent offensive line coach. They've done quite well when he's taken charge. I just see what's on film and they're doing a good job, they're stopping the run and they're in the right spots. They're a very active group, which makes it tough."


(on the addition of WR Derrick Mason) "Well, it means a lot. You can't have enough guys, especially when you're down a good player like (WR) Andre (Johnson), a really good player. So it's always good to have an extra guy, and he made a couple of catches and we'll just keep teaching him."


OLB Connor Barwin

(on building off his performance last week at Baltimore) "Well, they came back and told me that that should have been a sack (on Baltimore's first drive of the game). Like, they found out today that it should have been a sack-fumble, not an incomplete pass. But yeah, we got after them a little bit, but every week needs to be better. We need to keep that pressure going. I think the one thing about last week was we got after them pretty good in the first half and it kind of didn't last into the second half, so we've got to make sure we sustain that for the whole game."


(on how the defense can prevent the opposing offense from making big plays late in the game) "I think for us, we do need to turn it up a little bit at that time in the game, and they found a play that they got on us. I think we just have to really focus on zeroing in and not letting that play hurt us twice. They got a couple runs on us in the second half of that game last week. They do it once, that's OK, but you can't let them keep doing it. You've got to make sure you zero in and stop the play."


(on the challenges that Tennessee RB Chris Johnson presents) "They paid him that money for a reason, obviously. I've played him when he's had nobody blocking for him and he's gone 80 yards. I remember my rookie year, he went 99 yards on a draw play, so the guy can make anybody look stupid and can take it all the way in a second, so I'm not really looking at three yards a carry right now."


(on the importance of this week's game for the Texans) "Yeah. I mean, we're not hiding any secrets. This is for the division right now. It's a huge game, and we need to win a game, too. We can't lose any more games, so no, I don't think it's a secret to anybody. I don't think anybody around here thinks it's not that important. I think we all understand what's at stake."


(on some games taking on greater significance than others) "Well, whatever game you're playing that week is the most important, but this is a division game and they're a half a game ahead of us right now, so that makes it that much more important."


(on how rookie OLB Brooks Reed is progressing) "Brooks (Reed) did well. Brooks did real well. I was impressed with what he did. He's just going to keep getting better. It was his first start, but he really went in there and did a good job."


T Duane Brown

(on losing games after having a chance to win in the fourth quarter) "It's tough. You're looking at the past two weeks. We know we've been right there with a chance to close out games and we haven't, but we're not letting that linger around. We got to let it go. We know this is the most important game of the year, so we're just focusing on this week."


(on how they make the plays to close out games in the fourth quarter) "You just got to put it in your mind up front. You got to make the block to win. If you're a running back, you got to find the lane to get that extra first down or whatever. Quarterbacks and receivers got to pitch and catch. You can practice it all week, but you just got to know in your mind that you're going to get it done on Sunday."


(on if the team's confidence is shaken at all) "Not at all man. Like I said, we're very confident. We know we're going to go out in Tennessee and handle business this week. That's it man."


(on what the opposing teams have done the past two games to take away the running game) "I think Oakland kind of sent some blitzes that we didn't quite expect or see on film. Baltimore, their linebackers played a little differently than what we saw before. It's not so much what they did as much as what we didn't do. We just got to finish our blocks better up front. I think sometimes that the lanes are there, but our backs didn't quite see the same read. We just got to get on the same page and I think we'll get that done this week."


FB James Casey

(on the importance of this week's game) "The winner will be in first place in the division. When you look at the big picture, that's all we're really trying to do is win our division and get to the playoffs, and winning your division guarantees you a spot in the playoffs regardless of what your record is. This is a pivotal game; it's a big game to take control of the division, at least put ourselves in first place and then we'll play them again at the end of the season at home. Our main focus is winning the division and getting into the playoffs, and obviously this is a huge game for us."


(on how he's feeling) "I feel good. I'm much better than what I was after the Oakland game. I thought I was done for the season when they said I tore my pec, and I got the MRI and the doc told me I wasn't done for the season. I had that whole time to think about being done for the season and then they told me I wasn't, so it was like I was born again. I'm making huge progress. I feel like I healed quick in every other injury I've had, so I'll be back very soon. It's just when you do your pec like that, you've got to use your arm when you're blocking and being the lead blocker like I am, so if I was just running and catching passes and stuff, it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but I've got to block and sustain blocks, so I've got to make sure I'm healthy for that."


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