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September 14, 2011 - transcripts

Houston Texans Transcripts

Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Open Locker Room

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

WR David Anderson

T Duane Brown

FB James Casey

ILB Brian Cushing

RB Arian Foster

WR Andre Johnson

WR Jacoby Jones

CB Johnathan Joseph

C Chris Myers

SS Glover Quin

ILB DeMeco Ryans

QB Matt Schaub

DE Antonio Smith

RB Ben Tate

DE J.J. Watt

T Eric Winston


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on RB Arian Foster's injury status) "Arian practiced today. Arian took a normal Wednesday load for a starter. I guess the key probably is how he comes out of practice tomorrow. Does he feel good? But everything was positive today at practice, so we'll see."


(on what he liked about RB Arian Foster today in practice) "I think it's about him getting his confidence back and just cutting it loose. I just told him to be smart today, but he's on top of his stuff. Had he not been out for a few weeks, I wouldn't have known. Like I said though, hopefully you wake up tomorrow and he felt good coming out of it and we move on to the next day."


(on signing WR David Anderson) "It's good for our team. He comes in and knows exactly what he's doing. David can play. He could've played today, so he knows our offense and he's run it very well before, so we're happy to get him back. Kevin (Walter) has made a lot of progress in the past two days and we'll see where he's at, but it's good to have David."


(on WR Kevin Walter's injury) "Just dealing with a badly bruised shoulder, going through treatment, was out at practice today, but didn't do anything today, did not practice."


(on Miami Dolphins' LB Cameron Wake) "Any time you play a 3-4 football team, you got edge issues trying to protect your quarterback. He's a hell of a player and they pressure a lot. Really they're a lot like our defense, so it's a lot like kind of what we've been working against the last month or so. You never know how they're going to play you. We'll see, but very good on the edges."


(on Miami Dolphins QB Chad Henne) "Boy, he played well the other night. I didn't get a chance to see the whole game. I watched portions of it, but he's worked really hard. I know (Head Coach) Tony (Sparano) thinks a lot of him. Tony and I talked in the offseason. He thinks a great deal of him. Just from the way he performed in Week 1, you can tell he must have had a great camp and he's ready to go. We've got our hands full and he moves around pretty good too."


(on the Dolphins giving up 500 yards passing against the Patriots) "That's a pretty good player they played. He's pretty good. Like I said, I didn't see the whole game. I'll watch the film, but Tom (Brady) was unbelievable in the game and Miami was too. Miami threw for 400. There's a lot of yards out there, but every week's a different story. Don't know what it's going to take this week."


(on what he expects from WR Jacoby Jones if WR Kevin Walter can't play against the Dolphins) "He'll start. Jacoby will start the game. It's interesting the way things work out. We're fortunate enough to keep him here in the offseason. I told you guys he's been playing pretty darn good and coming along and boom, here it is Week 2 and he's a starter if Kevin's out. Preparation meets opportunity, so we'll see what happens."


(on T Duane Brown) "Duane's quietly become really a heck of player. He's bigger this year. I think I mentioned that a couple times to ya'll. We're letting him play about 10 to 12 pounds bigger than he did last year. I think it's helped him and any time you get out of a game against Dwight (Freeney) and you don't give up a bad play, that's a good day. We play good up front as a group, but Duane's improving every day."


(on if he feels like he has to be careful with RB Arian Foster on Sunday if he can play) "If he can play, you play. There won't be being careful with him. You may say this is how many times he's going to touch it, but you can't do something half speed out there. We'd have to see, but if he's ready to go, he puts us at our best and he'll be out there."


(on how ready WR Bryant Johnson is) "Well Bryant's ready to go. He's trying to catch up mentally in everything we're doing. He's done a pretty good job of that. The good thing about signing David (Anderson), it does take some of the overall load off of him because David can still play a certain spot for us and different parts of our offense and not try to put the whole package, so to speak, on Bryant. We're bringing him along the right way, but he's ready to play."


(on if he's comfortable with WR David Anderson playing against the Dolphins) "Oh yeah, David's had his role on this team before and it'll be pretty much like he's done in the past."


(on if the defense has a different swagger this year) "Yeah, it does have a lot of confidence. That just comes from so many guys making plays. It's not like one guy or two guys, it's everybody making plays. They got a lot of confidence in the guy making the call when it's third and five, that's sending the defense in. Overall, it's just real upbeat right now and feeling good out of Week 1 and moving on to Week 2."


(on the Dolphins' wide receivers) "Brandon's (Marshall) an elite player in this league and their tight end the other night was exceptional, made some great catches. They're playing different right now than they have as the Miami Dolphins. They used to be a big physical run team. They're spreading the field and they got Reggie (Bush) to go with it. We've got our work cut out for us from that standpoint. It's a totally different Miami look than what we've played in the past."


(on CB Johnathan Joseph and FS Danieal Manning) "If you're going to go get the quarterback, you better build a lot of people up. We feel like we've got some pretty good corners out there and safeties. GQ's (Glover Quin) played the corner position. Still, they're a good group and we hope to keep them in check."


(on what RB Reggie Bush has done for the Dolphins) "He's made them complicated, number one because they're all over the place with him. They spread him all over the place, so it makes it very hard to prepare for. He's got a chance touching the ball on special teams too, so that's a big key for us because he can hurt you. He can beat you."


(on the challenge of playing the first road game) "The football's the same. That doesn't change. You got to play with poise, handle noise. We started working with the noise a little bit today, but I'm sure we'll be playing in some warm weather like we've been practicing in and handling some noise. If you're going to be a good team, you got to go on the road and it's got to look the same. That's what I told them today."


(on if he's interested to see how the team will react on the road) "Yeah, like I said, it's got to look the same from a standpoint on how you handle yourself poise-wise on the field. It's still a game, but obviously you're playing against a lot of people out there, other than your opponent. That's part of the League. You got to be successful on the road and hopefully we get off to a good start."


Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

(on the 34-0 lead the Texans built in the first half against the Colts) "Well, we took advantage of good field position. Our defense did a fine job. We put the ball in the end zone when we could. So I think it was a great team deal. I think we did a good job working together that way and taking the plays that we had."


(on what the offense will do based on whether or not RB Arian Foster can play) "We're gonna do what we do. We got guys that can make plays in the backfield. Hopefully Arian (Foster) can be there because he's a fantastic player. We'll just have to see; let (Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) Kap deal with that and we'll just keep calling our offense."


(on how RB Arian Foster looked in practice) "He looked good. Like I said, it looked like he was in the right spot, looked like he was running the ball, but no pads, no nothing. He was in the right spot, which we count on him doing anyway."


(on when he and head coach Gary Kubiak will make a decision on whether or not RB Arian Foster will play at Miami) "We'll take our time. I'm not sure; near the end of the week and see what happens. Again (Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) Kap is a big part of that and we'll just see how it plays out."


(on how FB James Casey played) "I think he did a great job. His effort has never been questioned; great effort. He just keeps working on his technique, gets better every day. He's a fine athlete; can catch the ball, move around out of the backfield. He did some really good things for us."


(on FB James Casey's potential) "He just adds another ball player, another weapon to our deal with Andre (Johnson), Arian (Foster), Owen (Daniels); you just keep adding them on there. That's great because it makes it harder for them to defend us."


(on what WR Jacoby Jones does for the offense) "He's got a lot of talent. He's fast, he has good hands; it's just a consistency for Jacoby (Jones). He's progressed along, he had a good camp. We're looking forward to him having a good day."


(on having WR David Anderson back with the offense) "It's great having David (Anderson) back. He knows what we do, he was very productive when he was here. It was a situation where he kind of got caught in the numbers. He's a great guy, a great team guy. We're happy to have him back."


(on RB Arian Foster being back at practice) "Well it was good to see him on the field. I don't know how he did. He ran where he was supposed to and looked doing it, so I'll leave the rest to (Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) Kap."


WR David Anderson

(on how it feels to be back in Houston) "Did I think I'd be here? No, I thought I was going to be in Denver, but I'm glad I'm here. Things didn't work out over there and there was an opportunity to come back and obviously making the most of it."


(on if he was aware WR Kevin Walter's injury before he was called to come to Houston) "I had gotten a text from some friends. I wasn't watching that game. I was on the West Coast and I think they were playing a different game. I was going in and out between that and some other games, so I missed it, but I definitely heard about it probably within 10 minutes."


(on not looking like he missed any time at practice today) "Yeah, hearing the offense was almost like you know Spanish for four years and you come back to it because it's your second language. It was definitely a new language I had to learn in Denver. It was a new offense. Coming back here, it felt a lot more like something I was used to. I understood the verbiage and the plays and stuff like that a little bit better."


(on what his role will be with the Texans) "Whenever they put me in there, I'm going to hopefully catch some passes. That's as far as I know right now. I think I've done some stuff in the slot, outside, whatnot, helped out on special teams, so I'm sure that's what they want me to do."


T Duane Brown

(on how much Offensive Line Coach John Benton has molded the offensive line as a unit) "He's helped a lot. It's been a work in progress with us over the years just all of us getting on the same page, but now it's just second nature. We've been together so long that we can bring different things that we see to him and whenever he sees something different, he brings it to us and we just feed off each other."


(on what makes Offensive Line Coach John Benton click) "He's smart. He's a smart guy. He sees a lot that a lot of people don't see before it happens. It helps us going up to the line with pre-snap reads and getting everybody on the same page. That's the main thing."


(on why he gained weight this season) "I'm not sure. I feel good. It's not something that I did on purpose. I actually tried to cut back a lot, but I toned up a lot more in the last few weeks, but really haven't lost much. I've maintained my speed and agility, so I feel good."


FB James Casey

(on playing several positions during the game) "I just want to do my job. Where ever they put me, I just want to do my job and make sure I'm getting my job done to help the team."


(on how he think he did last week) "I think I did really well. I had some good ones, had some bad ones of course. Good thing was I got a lot of work because we were up. We ran the ball a lot in the second half, so I got a lot of stuff on film that I can work on and get better from and also just getting out there a lot and getting used to techniques and things, so I can go back and watch the film and can learn from that going on to next week. Every game's different. Sometimes you're going to be out there a lot in the base, the fullback stuff, and sometimes you're not going to be. It was good the first game to get a lot of work in."


(on if the game plan for Miami changes after they gave up so many yards to New England) "Not much. You can't really concentrate on that. We know that Tom Brady threw for a lot of yards, but you go in every week and it's different. Things are going to happen. Sometimes it's a running game. Sometimes it's going to be a passing game. You're going to be up; you're going to be down. You don't know how the game's going to go on offense, defense, special teams. You win the game all different ways. We're not going out there thinking just because the Patriots had a lot of passing yards that we're expected to go out there and have a ton of passing yards. We're just going to find ways to move the ball and get points and find a way to win somehow."


ILB Brian Cushing

(on how he views the Dolphins giving up a lot of yards to the Patriots) "We just have to look at how they attacked New England. It's obvious th

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