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August 03, 2011

August 3, 2011 - PM Practice

 

Houston Texans Transcripts
Training Camp Practice #6 (Afternoon)
Wednesday August 3, 2011

 

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

 

Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar
WR Andre Johnson
QB Matt Leinart
FS Danieal Manning
OLB Brooks Reed
WR Kevin Walter

 

Head Coach Gary Kubiak
(on signing FB Lawrence Vickers) "It's a good opportunity for him with our football team. I think he fits what we do. It will be a great competition between him, James (Casey) and these young guys we got in here. We're excited to get him. It gives us some avenues as an offensive football team since we lost Vonta (Leach)."

 

(on if there's going to be a competition between TE James Casey and FB Lawrence Vickers) "No, James (Casey) is our starting fullback and (Lawrence) Vickers is coming here to compete with him. James gives us a lot of options as a football team, so that's the good thing, but it will be a heck of a competition."

 

(on what he likes about FB Lawrence Vickers) "He's very athletic. He's a high-spirited player, very emotional player on the field when you watch him play. He loves to hit. We're looking for guys from an iso standpoint and he's played good special teams in this league. When you've got a fullback or two fullbacks on your roster and they're playing special teams, that's a good thing. I just think he's a good fit and I think this offense is kind of tailor-made to him too with his athletic ability."

 

(on getting key players back on the field tomorrow) "Well that's still up in the air, believe it or not, so I'm going to go in there and see what's going on. We hope to get them back on the field. As of now, we're not sure. It could be later tomorrow afternoon, so things could change. We're hoping that they do come back tomorrow."

 

(on how he makes adjustments for the players that haven't been on the field yet) "Every day is different. Every practice we sit down there and talk about what we've got to get done. The bottom line, at some point here in the next four or five days, we've got to have the football team all in the same position physically, so there will be some things to work through right there, but I just hope we get them back out here. We can figure that out. We can bring them along a little bit slower than these guys, but we've got to get them all to the same point here pretty quickly."

 

(on which players are holding the team back the most by having to sit out) "None of them are losing ground. They're all key players. They're all guys that have been very big contributors to this football team and in battles for jobs obviously. I feel bad for them. They're upset. They want to practice. They want to play, but there's nothing we can do. They've been sitting here trying to learn everything they can learn and when we turn them loose, I'm sure they'll be eager to get going. I've got to be smart with them too and know that these guys are now four days ahead of them."

 

(on the transition with the new defense) "Well the new pieces haven't practiced yet, but the teaching and everything we're doing is going fine and hopefully we'll get the two new pieces out here as quickly as possible."

 

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar
(on if any player has surprised him in training camp) "I'd say Earl Mitchell has looked real good, even though it's the first day in pads, but he's been a pretty good surprise. As a rookie and for his first time, J.J. (Watt) has been doing a pretty good job also."

 

(on if the 3-4 defense is a better fit for DE Antonio Smith) "When he played in Arizona he was really in a 3-4 defense and he played more inside than he did outside. He wasn't really a true defensive end, so really this move for him really ends up helping him out. I think more than ever he's going to be a productive player even though he's been a productive force in the past two years. I think he'll be even better for us this year."

 

(on how his defensive line meetings are different) "It turns out to be the same, it's just different because like you said, we have three guys instead of four guys like last night when we went to our nickel defense and all the outside linebackers came in, Mario (Williams), (Connor) Barwin and all those guys were back in and we had about a 20-minute meeting for the nickel but, really it doesn't change much."

 

(on if DE Tim Bulman and OLB Jesse Nading will be a fit in the 3-4 defense) "Oh yeah, I see it. Jesse Nading is playing outside linebacker, so he's with the outside linebackers but (Tim) Bulman is a real good player and he gives good effort. Again, in this defense we told him to put a little bit of weight on to help him out and stuff and we've got Damione Lewis, you know, guys who have played. Damione can play all three spots and we're going to play Bulman at either end, so I think really both of those guys are going to end up being pretty productive in the defense."

 

WR Andre Johnson
(on the heat at practice) "Just approach it, just do what you have to do while you're out there. You can't really worry about it. Just go out and practice hard. They have the things that you need, the ice towels and stuff like that. After you take your reps or whatever, come in, come back and get your ice towel or something and cool off for a few minutes, then go back at it."

 

(on this being the hottest training camp) "It definitely has you in shape. Like I said, we all know that it's hot out there but at the same time we have to deal with it. We're here in Texas. Guys don't really like being inside. We don't like being on the turf so we'll deal with the heat outside."

 

QB Matt Leinart
(on what it takes to win individual games and a championship) "A lot goes into winning a championship; preparation. That's what we all strive to do as a team. As a quarterback, it's just week in and week out, leading your team and being prepared, making right decisions and putting your team in the best chance to win games. Obviously, it's hard to get to the Super Bowl. It takes a little bit of luck, it takes timing, it takes everything to get there. Few have done it and it's what we all strive to do. We all strive to be Super Bowl winning quarterbacks, teams, whatever. That's the number one goal for every team."

 

(on what he can learn without being on the field) "It's huge. It's frustrating that we want to get out there and especially myself to get the reps. Fortunately, I was here last year and was able to learn the offense. Everything's coming a lot easier to me now. I think I'll be ready to go when this thing gets all settled and I can get out there and practice and just move around. I just want to play. I'm anxious, but it's been important for me to just stay focused, which I've done, and study, take mental reps with both other quarterbacks every play and just be prepared when I get to practice."

 

(on the positives from last year) "I felt last year was kind of a bizarre year for me. Coming here, it was great for me. It built my confidence back up and I really love this offense. I felt like just with the mental reps last year, like this is an offense I feel like I can be successful in given an opportunity to play in it. This offseason I wasn't sure what was going to happen if I was going to be back or somewhere else, but the way things kind of happened, I figured what was best for me was to be a Texan again and to keep learning and getting better as a quarterback. I'm still young and obviously my goal is always to be a starter and play, but things happen, I'm here and I'm excited about it. I'm excited the coaches believe in me. They believe that if anything were to happen to No. 8 (Matt Schaub), I could come in there and run the offense."

 

FS Danieal Manning
(on waiting to start practice) "We'll get out there when the time is right. I can't wait to get out there though and get some of this rust off me."

 

(on if he's heard anything about when he can practice) "I really don't know. Right now I'm just doing what they asked us to and just try to get me some work outs in whenever I can, wherever I can. I can't do anything here, not at all. I can't do anything here."

 

(on sticking next to Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips to learn the defense) "Doing that, looking at Wade (Phillips), it's a little different because we're in the classroom all the time, we're on the field, of course they're practicing, and we're trying to see exactly what we want to do. It's a new defense. We don't have a lot on these guys with this defense so we try to watch film of practice. That could be a little hard sometimes. It's just different getting in here trying to get that done. It's a whole new defense."

 

(on what he's watching on film) "We'll watch a few Dallas (Cowboys) tapes and things like that, but for the most part once we get the scheme in, it's pretty much the same thing we just have to know how to make our adjustments."

 

(on if Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips has told him which spot he is playing at) "Well right now it's been free safety. I think the safeties here are interchangeable. We can run one coverage one way and another coverage another way."

 

OLB Brooks Reed
(on what is easiest for him in the 3-4 defense) "Just the rushing part, rushing the QB. We got a few packages there, we've got a 4-3 (defense) look and 3-4 so I've got to know both and there are lots of different coverages, but I like pass rushing. That's my strength and those are the sets I like."

 

(on the attention to detail he has to pay to all the different sets) "There's all kinds of different nuances of every little call that you will see in the playbook that you have to pick up every day and make sure you're listening and watching when you're on the sideline watching your guy do it and that's the only way you're going to get it."

 

WR Kevin Walter
(on QB T.J. Yates) "Not just T.J. (Yates) but the whole rookie class coming in, without going through OTAs, they know how to line up and they know what to do. It's impressive, very impressive."

 

(on how much the veterans needed OTAs and minicamp) "OTAs are good though, we were still working out, a lot of guys were working out at Rice and still continuing to run our routes and stuff. We were still doing the same stuff we would be doing in OTAs but missing OTAs hurt. It hurt some guys coming trying to learn the system, it hurt guys who want improve and keep working hard and it hurt trying to install our new defense. Overall, we're playing catch-up right now and I think we're doing a good job."

 

(on the new defense and the differences he sees in it) "There's a lot of playmakers on that side of the ball, I tell you what. Those new guys we're bringing in are going to make plays and defend. It's going to be exciting to watch. So far these past few days going against them, they've done some great things and it's going to be fun to watch them."

 

(on who takes over as the locker room comedian) "I can tell you that, that's easy. That's Jacoby (Jones). Jacoby still plays that role. Jacoby is still going to be the comedian; he's still out there dancing this morning, so I'd say Jacoby for sure."

 

(on CB Johnathan Joseph) "I've played against (Johnathan) Joseph for years. He's a great talent. I'm glad we have him on our team. He's going to be a big help. He's going to continue to work hard and he's going to make me better, he's going to make me work. We've got a lot of good corners here, we've got a lot of playmakers."

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