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August 4, 2011 - PM Practice

Houston Texans Transcripts

Training Camp Practice #8 (Afternoon)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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


Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips
RB Arian Foster
WR Jacoby Jones
CB Johnathan Joseph
QB Matt Leinart
FS Danieal Manning
DE Antonio Smith
DE J.J. Watt


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on everybody on the team being able to practice today) "We were just kind of going.  We didn't know if we would have them back this afternoon or what.  Things worked out good.  That was kind of our plan, to put them through a walk-through this afternoon.  We'll come back in shorts tomorrow and hopefully I've got them all on the same page by the weekend."


(on what he thinks S Danieal Manning will be bring to the team) "I like his passion for the game.  When we studied him playing, he really loves to play.  He's a fiery guy.  He's been successful.  Everybody knows who he is and he can help us in special teams from a return standpoint.  I'm expecting him and (CB) Johnathan (Joseph) to go back there and lead the group.  They've got to catch up with the other 73, so that's what we got to start doing tomorrow."


(on rookie WR Jeff Maehl) "He reminds me of David (Anderson) a little bit in college.  He plays in the slot, makes a lot of plays.  That's probably where his concentration is going to be with us doing some of those types of things inside.  He's a guy that a lot of things say no, but when you cut the film on him and start working 11-on-11, he just tends to make plays.  We'll give him an opportunity.  He's going to have to do some things for (Special Teams Coordinator) Joe (Marciano) also."


(on how important it is for players to be willing to restructure their contracts, like WR Andre Johnson, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith) "If you don't have players that are unselfish and willing to do anything to help the football team, then you can't go out and sign players in free agency and do things like that.  The reason (CB) Johnathan (Joseph) is here and the reason (S) Danieal (Manning) is here and some of the things we've been able to get done and get the fullback (Lawrence Vickers) here, is because of them guys helping the football team out.  They've been very good to this football team, not only as players but as people too.  It means a lot."


(on how he plans on shuffling the new players in) "I kind of had a plan the whole time.  We took these guys to the brink today.  We had a heck of a physical practice today.  Now these other guys, it's about 12 or 13 guys catching up with 73.  You didn't want 73 guys waiting on those 12.  I think we're ready to do that.  Those guys, I think they're in good shape.  We'll see.  I've got to evaluate them each day.  I think we'll be able to do that now.  Those guys are chomping at the bit.  They want to play football."


(on if everybody will be in pads by Sunday) "I expect to come back Saturday in pads, Saturday and Sunday.  I'll get them a day without them and just check their conditioning level.  If we go two hours in the morning, maybe those guys will only go an hour and a half.  We'll see."


(on if the free agents need more reps than the new guys) "I don't think it's a matter of getting them more to start off with.  I think it's a matter of seeing where they are.  We'll put a clock on them tomorrow morning.  As far as what we're doing, we'll take it day by day, but like I said, I'm hoping by Sunday morning that these guys are all on the same page."


(on the health situation) "Somebody got a couple nicks; we had a quad, Paul - our receiver Paul Williams - got a quad.  Other than that, we're fine.  We're doing pretty good.  Health looks good."


Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips

(on CB Johnathan Joseph and FS Danieal Manning) "Well they've (Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning) been in all the meetings and they seem to learn well and they seem to catch on well. You know, they played in the League and they started in the League, so I think they're comfortable that way. They still got to learn the new system like everybody else but it comes quicker to guys who have played."


(on how good practice was today) "I thought we had our best practice today, so that was encouraging because we put a lot of things in for them. I didn't think we were doing real well early, as far as mistakes. I think talent-wise and effort-wise we were doing good things. I thought a lot of thing came together today."


(on his staff if he understand Linebackers coach Reggie Herring) "I think my staff is an excellent staff. A couple I've had with me before. Other ones have been in the same system as my system so my staff, I think, is on the same page. There's a lot of teaching to get done and I think they've done a good job of that."


(on what guys on the team from last year are grasping the new 3-4 defense) "Like I said, today's practice we did some real good things as far as assignments and technique. We're learning our assignments well, we didn't have many busts today and we put in a lot of things, so that was an important step for us. I'm encouraged by today. Of course, tomorrow could change."


(on if this is the toughest situation he's had to teach a defense) "Yeah, well I know there was a time when there was no offseason and we went to New Orleans (Saints). I think we started five rookies the first year. Pretty much everywhere I've been has been a change because they weren't doing well the year before so, there were changes personnel-wise so, it's similar to a lot of the situations I've been in."


(on what FS Danieal Manning can bring to the defense) "Well, he's a good player. The more good players you have the better you can do. Actually, the more things you can do because he gives you the ability to play man-to-man with the free safety which a lot of free safeties can't."


(on DE J.J. Watt) "Well, J.J. Watt is stepping up and being a starter right now. We didn't see that early, you know usually you don't step in and be a starter but he's come in and really accepted the role. I look at what the other players look at and they seem like they think he fits in well as do I. It worked out that we had some guys that played last year, weren't able to practice and one of the starters from last year is in Chicago now so it was an opportunity. Kube (Coach Gary Kubiak) says it a lot 'Anytime you get an opportunity, then take advantage of it.' He's doing that."


(on his depth at nose tackle) "I feel real good. I think our nose tackles have probably played as good as anybody so far, just in practice and then both of them are able to do the things that we want done and they've done them well."


RB Arian Foster

(on whether it's an easy transition for him to start practicing again) "I know the system, so it doesn't impact me from a cerebral standpoint.  I went to all the meetings, I knew what was going on, so not from a cerebral standpoint."


(on building a relationship with FB Lawrence Vickers) "Once you're a professional, your job is your job and relationships get formed, but at the end of the day you have to do your job.  When relationships do get formed, I think it's a special thing.  You just have to take it day by day with something like that.  You can't rush it."


(on what the important steps are to build relationships with teammates) "Just repetition.  Nothing cures that but repetition.  We both have to get out there and we have to get a lot of reps during practice.  We're both professionals.  He's (FB Lawrence Vickers) been in the league a long time and he knows how to practice.  I think what separates good players from great players is that they know how to practice."


(on whether he has more confidence working with a veteran fullback) "Absolutely.  Any time you have a veteran in front of you, there's not much they haven't seen in this league.  This league throws a lot of things at you, but he's (FB Lawrence Vickers) been around it.  He's been around systems.  He's been around the NFL for a while, so he knows how to work.  That's all it's about right now is getting on the practice field and getting reps."


WR Jacoby Jones

(on what it was like to get back on the field after waiting four days for the CBA to be ratified.) "It was good. Just sitting here, watching and learning and sitting in the classroom, it was like taking a test again, like the ACT or something. It was fun to get back out here."


(on helping the undrafted rookies like WRs Jeff Maehl and Terrence Toliver get up to speed) "Those young guys have got great talent. Some of the  young receivers that usually come in, they come in wide-eyed; these guys come in with great confidence. I'm expecting them to big things.


CB Johnathan Joseph

(on what the first few days of training camp were like while he wasn't practicing)  "It was boring.  We talked about different little things, but the great thing about sitting over there was we were able to get mental reps and look at the game from a different aspect, so I think it was still helpful and beneficial sitting over there on the sideline while we weren't able to work."


(on whether he felt rusty after such a long layoff)  "I guess that's still to be determined tomorrow.  We come in for the A.M. practice and have a chance to go against guys with live bullets and not a walk-through, so tomorrow will be a good call."


(on how much of the defensive playbook he has grasped)  "I'm pretty caught up on everything just because I had a chance to be in all of the meetings with everyone.  I just couldn't come out here and practice.  Out here at practice and during the walk-throughs, I was able to still watch and stand on the side and pick up things as well."


(on whether he prefers which side of the field he lines up on)  "It's not really a preference, because at corner, it's all really the same whether you're left or right, sometimes you're going to have to run over to the slot set which would put you on the other side, so it's all the same."


(on whether he minds lining up against receivers in the slot)  "Not at all.  Whatever is asked of me, I'm there to do."


(on getting to mix it up in practice tomorrow)  "Absolutely.  It's been a long time coming; seems like a whole year or two years since I've played any football with the lockout.  Tomorrow, I'm just looking forward to it."


QB Matt Leinart

(on what he did during the lockout to stay in shape) "I was down home in Southern California, working out every day, throwing a lot with a lot of guys that are out there, just preparing myself for the season. Being a free agent, I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but I'm excited to be out here and be back with this team and these guys; and it's a great organization, a great team and I'm just excited to be a part of it."


(on what it was like to finally practice after waiting four days for the CBA to be ratified) "It feels good. I've been just kind of patiently waiting this last week. It's awesome. It feels good just to get a sweat going, get with the guys, get in the huddle, run some plays. I'm excited for the morning."


(on having to wait four days for the CBA to be ratified) "It's really bizarre. None of us really knew what was going on and why we were sitting out, but at the same time, we took advantage of it mentally with a lot of mental reps. Now it's full-go and we're excited. This is what we're here to do, is play football. So we're excited to do that."


FS Danieal Manning

(on if he's trying to take on a leadership role) "A little bit of both. I'm learning from those guys also. Some of those guys have, like I said, been around, played their little system a little bit and I haven't. I come from a different system, and just picking it up. Those coaches, like I said earlier, those coaches are doing a good job conveying what they want and I just have to get out here and put it on the field."


(on if the defense is banding together) "Like you guys know, any industry that you're doing, in my case football, team camaraderie is number one. When you know your guys are sticking with each other it's easy to get over that 'I made a mistake' type of thing because you're never alone. Just everybody coming together. We have to circle the wagon and play, like I said, play Houston Texans football."


DE Antonio Smith

(on the 3-4 defense) "The techniques are all still the same, exactly how I played it in Arizona. A lot of the terminology, a lot of stuff is different than it was, than I've ever played before, even though it's still a 3-4 it's different than the 3-4 I played in Arizona."


(on if Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 is more aggressive) "You're aggressiveness is on your defensive players and I think that we aren't accepting anything less here than aggressive because that's what kind of defense we want to be, and that's what type of coach Wade (Phillips) is. I think it's about the same, it just depends on how you play the game."


(on playing outside like he did in Arizona) "I don't know. Whatever they need me to do. That's how I've always been. I can play all the positions so if they want me to go there, I go there."


(on how DE J.J. Watt is doing) "He's doing good. He's bringing us nice snacks to the meeting room and everything. He's been a good rookie."


(on if re-negotiating his contract was an easy process) "It was easy. They told me about it, I went upstairs, I did it, and it was over. It was quick. I got a day off of practice. I just had to go upstairs and explain to me what they wanted to do, why they were doing it, and what it was for, and I was okay with it."


(on dragging out the re-negoti

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