Houston Texans Transcripts
Training Camp Practice #10 (Afternoon)
Friday, August 5, 2011
(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski and Brittany McCray)
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Running Backs Coach Chick Harris
DE Antonio Smith (from the morning practice)
RB Ben Tate
Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on if there's any update on RB Arian Foster's injury) "He just tightened up this morning his hamstring. I didn't have him do anything this afternoon. We'll see. We'll see tomorrow. It's kind of one of those deals where hopefully we caught it before he did something that could have had him out for a while. We'll see. He'll be day-to-day."
(on if there's any update on the guys who got sick) "We sent them home, actually. They were feeling so bad, sent Andre (Johnson) home, sent OD (Owen Daniels) home and then the young man, (Steven) Friday, the rookie here. We've got them in bed and hopefully this thing doesn't keep occurring. It's been about three days in a row now, but hopefully they're back. Everybody that's had the problem has come right back the next day."
(on if he's concerned about RB Arian Foster's injury) "I'm really not. Hopefully we caught it before something happened that would be a problem. He's had this issue before. If you remember two years ago as a rookie, he had a little bit of this issue, so we'll be smart with him and get him back as quick as we can."
(on if RB Arian Foster might change the way he runs due to an injury) "He looked so dang good this morning. He practiced about 40 minutes this morning. He looked really good. I know he's had a good offseason. I know he worked really hard and I think Arian (Foster) will be fine. Hopefully it's just a strain and we're okay."
(on TE Owen Daniels' illness) "We sent him home. He and Andre (Johnson) are both sick and (Steven) Friday, the young free agent. We sent them all home."
(on if he's concerned about the sickness getting around to the team) "I know. You worry about it because it seems like we wake up every day and we got about four or five guys we start the day off with it. Hopefully we're done with it, but we'll see."
(on if there are any other health issues) "No, we're fine. Like I said, just Arian (Foster), but everybody else is out here this afternoon, so we're okay."
(on keeping the team concentrated tomorrow with the fans there) "It helps when the fans are here because it's a long hard hot day out there. We need to get everybody in pads tomorrow. We kind of took at look at the guys that hadn't been with us today and how they were out there physically and I thought they looked pretty good. We'll just come back and bang for a couple days, but keep an eye on those guys too. Are they ready to go as long as the other guys? I think we're still in that situation probably for a couple more days."
(on FB Lawrence Vickers) "He looked good. It's just one day. He's obviously a hundred-miles-an-hour type of guy. You can tell he's an emotional guy, plays hard. We didn't have pads on today so I think he'll show up tomorrow, so we'll watch him tomorrow."
(on RB Steve Slaton) "I'm impressed with him because let's think about it; he ran for 1,200 yards as a rookie and all of a sudden things don't work out. He's got some problems putting the ball on the ground. He goes through a serious surgery. A guy comes in for him and leads the league in rushing. He's had a lot of reasons to say, 'Oh, boy.' but he hasn't. He's worked hard, he's having a good camp and he's here every day busting his tail. I'm impressed. Steve can play in this league and he can be successful in this league. I think he's got his priorities in line. I think he'll be fine."
(on the difference in CB Kareem Jackson from last year to this year) "The scheme that we're running is the one that Kareem (Jackson) ran in college. Instantly, there's a comfort zone for him right there. He's taken to (Defensive Backs Coach) Vance (Joseph) and what we're doing. It's like I told you guys, good players go through rough years or rookie years and then they come right back, play with confidence and that's what I see going on right now early on."
(on CB Brandon Harris) "He's doing really good. He's kind of playing the nickel. When we drafted him, we thought he was ready to play inside in the slot in those situations right away. Bring him along outside, he's done a good job, very smart kid, good player. There's a lot of people back there right now, so we'll see how it pans out."
(on if CB Brandon Harris plays like a coach's son) "Yeah, he's a very sharp kid. He really is. We knew a lot about him. Andre (Johnson) obviously knew him. He played for his dad and all those things, but this kid plays very good football at Miami too."
(on what he has a chance to do with this team this year) "We'll see. It's very competitive back there. The nickel position in our business is really a starting position nowadays. That's just the way it is because you play so much nickel and dime defensively. I think that's probably where he's trying to fit right now and find his role, but special teams will be a big key."
(on if there's a difference with CB Johnathan Joseph and FS Danieal Manning) "I did. I could just tell two veterans are back in. GQ (Glover Quin) is very comfortable leading the way right now helping Danieal (Manning) get going with what we're doing, but you could sense the presence of two guys that have been doing it in this league and doing it well."
(on WR Andre Johnson's finger injury) "He came out and worked out today. I don't know if you saw him, but he was actually working out. He was feeling so bad so we stopped him, but he'll be fine. They just wanted to stay away from infection. He could probably practice in a couple days, but I'll make a decision. We'll see."
Running Backs Coach Chick Harris
(on if it's worse for a running back to get a tweaked hamstring) "It's worse for any athlete to get a nick like that. It doesn't do you well. You've just got to go out, and just rehab, get it ready again and go. Our people will get (Arian Foster) ready, and he'll be ready because he's conscientious about work. He doesn't like to be out. He doesn't like to be out. That's one of the number one things about him. He wants to work. All last year he wouldn't go to the training room because he wanted to be on the field with the players, so that's all we're going to be doing. We're going to be looking at him taking his rehab, getting himself ready to go, and be ready to go again. That's all."
DE Antonio Smith
(on ILB DeMeco Ryans wanting to challenge anyone who says the defense is soft) "That's how you have to do it. Put on the pads, Oklahoma drill, take it back to college, let them see how it feels a little bit. I don't believe in it, I don't see it, and you can rest assured if I thought somebody was soft on our defense, you would know it."
(on if he thinks they don't hit enough in practice) "No, not really. You have to put the pads on some time and then you also have to be smart because a lot of players get hurt messing around in training camp trying to blow your friend up and things like that. I've never been the type to say just because I don't hit, or when Coach took the pads off me it made me soft. It's my mindset. If you get it from me on that field you'll know. There's no softness coming here and everybody on the defense is saying, 'Wait, it doesn't matter if you put my pads on, you take my pads off.' If the situation calls for it, my mental mind state is nothing but hard. Hard, that's what I live by, the hard theory. Everybody who's a football player should think that way. If the pads are on, if the pads are off, I'm still the same man on the field."
(on if it's insulting that people say he's soft) "Yeah, that's insulting. Everybody knows that even if I wasn't a, you're not a football player and somebody calls you soft, it's going to hit you to the chest. You also have to be politically correct and stand in front of the camera and straighten up."
(on if he didn't have to be politically correct) "I would say, it's time to meet my katana. My ninja sword, katana, because you have dishonored me."
(on if it would matter more if the softness comments were coming from other players) "I'm going to hit you kind of deep with this one. Some men at heart are followers, so a coach can tell you anything in the meeting room and they're going to go believing, 'Oh this player's soft. This defense is soft,' but once you play, once you get on that field, that's when you find out who's soft or not. That's it. A coach can tell you a player's soft all day long. Their coaches can preach it to them, and the more you preach it to them the more you believe it. You believe, 'Man, this team's soft. They're soft. We're going to go in here and beat them.' If you think we're soft, come on. That's all I have to say. All we can do, talking time is over. It's camp time. We're going in the season, put on the pads, let's go."
RB Ben Tate
(on how he would assess the first week of camp) "I think it's gone well. I think this is probably the best I've ever felt going into camp just conditioning-wise, training wise, doing extra work and just knowing the game a lot more."
(on if he needs to have a great camp) "You need to have a great camp every day for everybody. Somebody can come and take your job so every day is a struggle."
(on the increasing reps he's had this week) "When I first got here, I had a lot of reps, second year had a lot of reps so every rep you have is a chance to get better. You have to look at it as you have to be perfect every play."
(on going against the 3-4 defense in practice) "Yeah, I mean I say for myself going against a 4-3 (defense) all the time, now having a 3-4 (defense) makes it a lot easier because you've been working against 4-3's every year but now 3-4 is every day. It's just a lot different. I think what (Defensive Coordinator) Wade (Phillips) is doing and what everybody else is doing is a good look for us."