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- Saturday, August 6, 2011 - Afternoon Practice
Houston Texans Transcripts
Training Camp Practice #12 (Afternoon)
Saturday, August 6, 2011
(Transcribed by Zac Emmons)
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on the first week of practice) "I think it's been very good. I could say there have been interesting dynamics, as far as training camp, because of who we had and how long we had each group, but now it's kind of settled down and it's pretty much the same guys every day. I think with the amount of time we've had, I feel good about what we've done. Obviously, I wish we were a little bit further along, but I think everybody's in that same boat. We'll just keep going day-to-day and we'll get to test ourselves, starting next week, each week."
(on what he will be looking for in practice next week) "The number one thing I wish would happen is I wish we had these offensive guys on the field working. That's been disappointing because you can have all the guys you want on paper, but they need to work together and play together. With (RB) Arian (Foster) going to miss some time now and (WR) Andre's (Johnson) missed some time; (WR) Jacoby (Jones) missed a lot of time, not his fault by any means; OD (TE Owen Daniels) missed a day. We need that continuity. We need to get on the field and get better. We've got to replace (FB) Vonta (Leach); we've got to replace the things (WR) David Anderson did for us, so we need that continuity, but I'm hoping that starts to pick back up next week."
(on whether people underestimate the offense's need for practice time after last year's success) "Oh, believe me, I remind them. They did some good things last year; that's last year. You don't ever stay the same in this business. You're either moving forward and getting better or you're stepping back. We've got a good group and I like the way our guys up front have worked, and they look very solid. Our tight ends look solid, but it's about putting the whole group together and everybody being there to work for (QB) Matt (Schaub). We'll be smart; we're not going to throw somebody out there who's not ready to go, but boy, I sure would like to get them all back out there."
(on whether any more players got sick today) "Yeah, (G) Kasey (Studdard) has been sick. The young man, (DE Zane) Parr, the rookie free agent that was not at practice this morning, he got sick on us. It seems like we're a couple of guys a day, so hopefully it settles down here."
(on RB Derrick Ward leaving the morning practice early) "I think Derrick (Ward) was just spent. He was not feeling good this afternoon, so we did send him home. I think we've kind of been lucky, actually. Even though we've missed a few guys, they've come right back and practiced the next day, so hopefully that stays the case."
(on when he'll begin making decisions about playing time against the New York Jets) "Boy, I'll tell you, it'll probably be as late as it's ever been. I think we'll be sitting up here Saturday night as coaches having a pow-wow, saying, 'OK, we think this guy is ready to go,' or 'Is that guy ready to go?' It's another interesting situation that's totally different than what we've dealt with in the past. The key is that we're ready September 11. That's the most important thing, so we've got to do right by all of those players, so how much we go in the first preseason game is still up in the air."
(on whether the heat and lack of team-organized offseason conditioning work has contributed to the rash of illnesses on the team) "No, I don't think so, because there have actually been some other people in the organization with the same issue and they haven't been out there practicing, so I'm not going to blame it on the heat. I think it's just something that we have to deal with. It's always something, but that's our job, to figure out a way to deal with it."
(on QB Matt Schaub's role as a leader on the team) "He's not that way publicly, but he is on the field. He's a leader and a very confident young man in what he does. I think this season is going to tell you what a great job he did, in my opinion, because he was the glue that held everybody together away from this complex this offseason and had a great group of guys working out. You look around the league and it seemed like there were quarterbacks leading the way, and I don't have to tell everybody he did that for us."