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August 18, 2011

August 18, 2011 - PM Practice

Houston Texans Transcripts

Training Camp Practice (Afternoon)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski, Jeremy Joseph and Brittany McCray)


Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on the team's injury situation) "Nothing new. Still held (ILB) DeMeco (Ryans) out of the walk-through this afternoon. It's like I said, a sore elbow. I'll make a decision on him tomorrow. Obviously, we've got one more short practice in the morning before we go play. Other than that though, (ILB) Cheta (Ozougwu) was back here today. Of course, (RB Arian) Foster and (RB Ben) Tate went, so we'll see. We'll see where they're at tomorrow."


(on if RB Arian Foster and RB Ben Tate will play on Saturday) "I think they will unless there's a setback between now and tomorrow. I think they'll play. Now what I have to do is go back and it's their first time out, so I have to decide how much I'll play them. I would think between Ben and between Arian, if we can kind of do with them what we did with the first group last week, that'd be good."


(on if RB Javarris Williams is ready to play on Saturday) "Yeah, he's got enough that he could go play. (He's had a) very short time with us, a lot of information, but he knows enough that he could go in there and play in the second half."


(on if he's worried the Saints will put a lot of pressure on the quarterback with RB Javarris Williams playing) "That's a concern. You throw somebody back there and you're getting blitzed and stuff and you expose your quarterback. You got to be careful there, but I think he (Javarris Williams) knows enough that we could call it a way that he'd be okay."


(on what he wants to get out of Saturday's game) "(I) just want to move forward. I want to see these guys play more, going to play a lot more with the first group, maybe even up to a half. We'll see. Just see if we can correct some of the things we didn't do well and see if we can keep moving forward. We're obviously doing a little bit more offensively and defensively this week. We're down to kind of two offensive lines, so we'll get to see those guys extensively."


(on what made him take a chance on OLB Bryan Braman) "He's got a lot of ability and the bottom line is we had a coach on our staff (Defensive Assistant Bobby King) that knew him and had him and stood up for him, and he felt like the kid deserved a chance. So far, so good."


(on RB Derrick Ward) "Derrick will probably not play, but he will be cleared very quickly here. He's doing well."


(on ILB Brian Cushing) "Cush is ready to go. I kind of have to make the same decision with Cush as I make with (RB) Arian (Foster) and (RB) Ben Tate, but Cush has been practicing a little more than them so expect to see him a little bit more than those guys but he's ready to go."


(on if there are any new health issues) "No, no we're okay. We came out this morning making a big decision on (G Kasey) Studdard this afternoon. He's meeting with doctors trying to decide exactly what the best step is for him."


(on if WR Terrence Toliver will play on Saturday) "Yeah, he'll play more. He'll play a lot of special teams and he needs to do a better job on special teams than he did last week. I think he came out of the game knowing that, so yeah, we want to look at him."


(on ILB Xavier Adibi playing if ILB DeMeco Ryans can't) "Yeah, he and (ILB Darryl) Sharpton are interchangeable, but they both are going to play a lot of football. X (Xavier Adibi) is having a very good camp."


(on what he wants to see during Game 2 that he didn't in Game 1) "There's some special teams stuff that I didn't like. I want to see us do a better job in the return game. That's been a big point of emphasis. Obviously, offensively I'd like to see us run the ball better than we did the first game, but that gets back to getting our (running) backs back and getting all our people working. It's still a second game and it's been a very, very short week. It's a quick turn-around so hopefully I can freshen them up between now and game time."


(on whether he wants to make a decision on a punter quickly) "No, because they're both doing fine from that standpoint. They are both doing well and I think it's going to go down to the wire. Really, (P Brett) Hartmann's deal will be how well does he kickoff, is he really that dominant of a kickoff guy? He was pretty good the other night, but it wasn't like it was up in the stands, so we'll see how he does in the next few weeks."


Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

(on getting to the quarterback Monday night) "Yeah, we missed a few layups there where nobody blocked the guy and we missed the tackle, but I was pleased with our pass rush overall. We've still got to work hard on it."


(on going against the New Orleans Saints offense) "Yeah, they're one of the best. We knew that. We know that. (New Orleans QB Drew) Brees is an exceptional quarterback and they've got a veteran team that knows what to do, especially in the passing game. It'll be a tremendous test for us."


(on OLB Bryan Braman) "Well he's a free agent and he did play against the (Jets) second team. He didn't play against all of the first team guys. He's still got some work to do. He's a work in progress. He needs a little more strength but he's got really good pass rush ability overall and you could see that in the ball game."


(on OLB Bryan Braman's pass rush ability is what stands out the most about him) "He finished plays. He worked really hard. He had good effort in the game and it takes not only ability but effort."


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