November 2, 2011 - Transcripts


Houston Texans Transcripts

Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

Texans Open Locker Room

Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur Conference Call

Browns QB Colt McCoy Conference Call

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

(Transcribed by Brett Maikowski, Zac Emmons, Charles Hampton and Evan Koch)


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

CB Jason Allen

OLB Connor Barwin

T Duane Brown

NT Shaun Cody

ILB Brian Cushing

TE Joel Dreessen

RB Arian Foster

OLB Brooks Reed

ILB DeMeco Ryans

QB Matt Schaub

LG Wade Smith

RB Ben Tate

DE J.J. Watt


Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur Conference Call

Browns QB Colt McCoy Conference Call


Head Coach Gary Kubiak

(on WR Andre Johnson) "We gave him a day of rest. I think I said to you guys on Monday, we pushed Andre on Monday. He came out and had a real strong workout, pushed him. He got sore on us and so that means for us to slow down a little bit, so we gave him the day off today. We'll see where we're at tomorrow. We're still in a day to day process, but I think every day it tells us something. If he feels good, then we come and we get going again. If he doesn't, then hey, hold on. It's not ready yet. We're just going to continue to listen, but everything's still positive. We just gave him a day off."


(on if he has made any decision on WR Andre Johnson for Sunday) "No, I think we still go day to day and see where we're at. But like I tell ya'll all the time, obviously until a guy is out here on the field practicing, it's hard to sit here and give you guys some type of answer. We'll see where he's at tomorrow."


(on if he's thought about keeping WR Andre Johnson out until after the bye week) "Well looking at the big picture, if Andre can come back today, no we need him back. I mean we need to be as good as we can be. The thing here is we got to do what's best for him as a player. He's going to play a lot more football in this League and he's going to play a lot more this year, but we just got to be smart when that is. That was the procedure he had done. We knew. They talked to us from the beginning about four weeks, but Andre's such a competitor. I know he was sitting there thinking two or three. I just know how he is. We just got to keep his chin up and keep going because we still feel very good about the direction we're heading. We just got to make sure he's ready to go."


(on the linebacker situation) "Mister Alexander is the young man that we will bring up. Then we signed Derrell Smith from Syracuse to our practice squad. (Tim) Dobbins goes into more of an active role as far as backing up those two guys inside and we've like Mister since we've had him, so it's time for him to go out there and do some stuff. We think he can be a good special teams player, too."


(on if he has confidence in LB Mister Alexander) "Oh yeah, no doubt. He'll fit good in the scheme. He's young, but I think it's also going to make (Special Teams Coordinator) Joe (Marciano) a little better right away. That's sometimes how that works. Joe gets a good young player that's been working for him the past eight weeks anyway, so we're going to put him to work on special teams right away."


(on how FB Lawrence Vickers has developed) "Yeah, he's done a good job. The first week, he played about 20 plays. He came back last week, played better. I think Lawrence really is starting to buy in to what we try to teach our fullbacks and I think there's a great future for him the way we ask the guy to play the game. I've been impressed and he's done a good job for (Special Teams Coordinator) Joe (Marciano), plays with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, so that's what you need."


(on what makes Cleveland's defense tough) "Well first off, their coordinator (Dick Jauron) to me is one of the most respected men in football. He's been at it a long time and been very successful doing it. They play very hard and very sound. They've been excellent against the pass. They've been rushing the passer very, very well. I think it starts with him. He's got a good young group and he's got them playing well."


(on FB James Casey) "He's okay. He played at less than 100 percent the other day and we needed him to do that, so I give him a lot of credit for that. I think every day, James gets better and we continue to work him back into his bigger role with the team, but he had a good practice today."


(on how the four-minute offense has been this season) "That's been pretty darn good. We had to close some games and it's been pretty good. I can think of Miami. I can think of this past weekend here. If you're a good team, when everybody knows you're going to run it and the way you got to play football the last few minutes, everybody knows what you have to do and you're still able to go do it, then that's a good thing. Hopefully we keep that up."


(on if OLB Brooks Reed is up to speed on everything) "Oh yeah, Brooks is fine. He's very sharp. The thing I was impressed about him last week, not only with Sharp (Darryl Sharpton) going down in the game, we had a problem special teams-wise and Brooks went and played four or five plays on special teams. That's what it's all about. This time of year, you need everybody, so I was impressed."


(on if there's anything that has surprised him about ILB Brian Cushing) "It really doesn't. I'm going to go back to what I always tell you guys. When I watch him have a good training camp, I knew, 'Watch out,' it's going to be a great year. That's been the only thing that's kind of held him back last year was missing time. It's just hard to play this game in this League at a high level when you're missing a lot of time and he hasn't missed a day. He's been exceptional at practice, was again today, he'll play good again this week. You watch."


(on QB Colt McCoy and Cleveland's offense) "Obviously, you have a good young quarterback and he's moving around a bunch. They've been throwing the ball a great deal. They've had a couple running back issues going on, but Colt's capable of holding the ball, moving to make off-schedule football plays, which everybody in this League wants players like that because it makes it very, very difficult. He's a good player. We've got our hands full from that standpoint. Special teams-wise, we've got the biggest challenge we've had all year."


(on how impressed he is with the Texans defense) "Just very impressed with the whole group. The job that (Defensive Coordinator) Wade (Phillips) and the coaches have done in such a short period of time and that we continue to do through some problems. We've got injuries on both sides of the ball, but the football team's got a lot of confidence and we keep having guys step up or the team's helping them step up is a good way to put it. Just very impressed with the job they've done and hopefully we can continue to keep it going."


(on if the Texans look like a defensive-oriented team) "Yeah, we're playing very good defense right now, but we play some pretty good offense too and our special teams the other day were excellent in the game. It's just nice when you start to put a football team together that's got a chance to win three ways. If we're missing on one cylinder one day, the other one's got to find a way to get it done and that's a great feeling to have going into Sundays."


(on the big improvement in defense this season) "Yeah it is. The biggest thing is we've gotten after the quarterback this year and much better against the pass. The confidence level continues to grow. When you have a couple weeks like we've had the last two weeks, it just gets everybody's head up and confidence-wise. We're playing good as a football team. We're finding ways. If one group's down, the other group plays their tail off and vice versa. I like the way we're playing special teams-wise. I think we got a chance to win a couple games on special teams before this thing's done."


(on Cleveland's special teams) "When you play (Josh) Cribbs, he can beat you by himself. We've got to have a plan for him. You can't keep the ball out of his hands. He'll bring it out of the end zone nine yards deep. He's done it many times. This guy's capable of putting 14 points on the board on you as a returner. Big problem this week."


(on if K Neil Rackers and P Brett Hartmann will split time kicking off) "We're going to continue to work them both and we got to get better at it. Let me just say that. We got a little competition going on."


Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison

(on Cleveland's defense) "Watching them on tape all day the last couple days, they're a great group. They play hard. They're not asked to do a lot, but they do what they do very well. Having gone against (Cleveland offensive coordinator) Coach (Dick) Jauron a few times, I know that he is a very good coordinator and they're well-coached and they're good athletes. Up front, their two inside guys are as good as we've seen, if not better. It's hard for me to rate them. Their corners do a great job, so it's going to be a good challenge for us."


(on Houston's fullback situation) "We feel like we got a couple guys that can do some things. They're both a little bit different, so we're moving in and out play-by-play and seeing what happens. I think Lawrence (Vickers) has done a great job the last couple weeks. James (Casey) is coming off that deal (chest injury) and look better and better every day. We'll just see, like everything else, whoever's got things going the right way and doing what we ask, which both of them are; we may play them both, play a little bit. We'll just see how it goes."


(on if he has reached a comfort level game-planning without WR Andre Johnson) "I don't think you'll ever reach that. You know, we're still going to do what we do and try and get everything we do, the concepts and schemes we learned in training camp without Andre there, everybody else takes up the slack, which they've done a good job with."


(on FB Lawrence Vickers) "He's a physical presence. He's doing a nice job doing that. He had to catch up a little bit; we got him here so late. Without training camp, it makes it a little bit hard, but he seems to be grasping things as we go along. Some of the things are day-by-day adjustments that we do, that a guy that's been around, it's easy for them to understand and he has picked it up and I think last game was his best game."


(on if FB Lawrence Vickers can help with the game plan this week since he played for the Browns) "Well, we got enough to do. I'll talk to him about personnel probably, because it was a whole different concept. Different coaches and everything. We'll probably talk to him about personnel, but we can see a lot of that on tape.


(on if it's overrated when a guy comes from a team that he is playing against) "Well, I'm sure there's something to be said. I don't put a whole lot of stock in it. I kind of believe my eyes more than anything and see what I can see up front. We get together as coaches and figure out what we can figure out. Like I said, if there's something he can tell us personality-wise, I don't know that we can use it."


(on if the team is building momentum with its wins) "I don't about that. That's a part of the mental toughness. If things aren't going your way, then you don't worry about what's happened in the past. We go ahead and take strides and keep going. I'm not really worried about momentum, I'm just saying, 'Alright, let's go to the next play.' Even if you made a great play, you can't hang your hat on, 'Well, I just made a great play.' You got to make the next one. So that's kind of part of what we believe in and just keep moving forward and not worry about momentum or this team or that team. It's all about us and trying to do our things the way we know how to do it."


(on the value of TE Joel Dreessen) "Joel will do anything you ask him. He does all the things, like you said, off the camera. You ask him to go block somebody, he'll block them to his utmost. If you ask him to run a route, he's running that thing full-speed, even in practice. If you ask him to go do a scout team, he'll try to do it better than the guy on Sunday. Guys like Joel are so underrated as far as how they help the entire team. He's a great team player."


CB Jason Allen

(on the challenges of QB Colt McCoy) "We might have to cover just a second longer at times and we just got to do our job. I feel like if we prepare ourselves through the week and practice hard, then we'll prepare ourselves for him."


(on the Texans defense improving every week) "Well, we feel like we haven't reached our potential. We feel like we're definitely making some strides to where we want to be at. We're just preparing each and every week and having the attitude that we want to get better. Guys are practicing hard, being mentally and physically ready every day in practice and I think it's definitely paying off for us."


(on Head Coach Gary Kubiak saying he has three starting cornerbacks) "That's what it is. We've got three starting quarterbacks. Johnathan (Joseph), Kareem (Jackson), myself, Brice (McCain), all the corners, we're practicing real hard. We're focused and we're preparing ourselves. I prepare myself just as if I'm a starter, just as if I'll play every rep. That's the way our, not just mine, but our mental approach to the game."


(on if he considers himself a starting cornerback) "Oh, why not? We're all going out preparing ourselves like I said and being mentally and physically ready each and every week."


(on playing well while overcoming injuries) "Well it's something, like I said, during the preparation of the week, if one guy goes down, the next man's got to step up. We can't lose the beat. We got to continue beating like a heart. We just got to keep going and the next man has got to step up and not necessarily fill in the next spot, but we just got to keep moving, just continue doing it."


OLB Connor Barwin

(on if he knew how much the Texans defense would improve this season) "I knew we'd be better. I didn't know the numbers where we'd be. Obviously we're happy with some of the things we're doing on defense right now, but they keep telling us we can do better. I know we're seeing things on film that we can do better. Hopefully next week we can continue to improve on what we've been doing."


(on if it's a "next man up" mentality after losing players to injury weekly) "Well, I don't know about weekly. That may be a little bit of a stretch, but yeah, we've lost some key guys on defense, but every team has to deal with that. But yeah, that's the mentality is it's always the next man is has to step up and do what their job is. So far, everybody's been doing that."


(on if it's surprising that there hasn't been any drop off with all the injuries) "No, it doesn't surprise me. The guys that are in backup roles are paid to be here. They're good players and they're just waiting for opportunities. The guys that have had those opportunities have stepped up and done it."


(on if the defense trusted in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips from the beginning) "Yeah, I think so because everybody knows who Wade Phillips is. Everybody knew who he was coming into this and then it's just kind of grown. The more time we've spent with him, the more we continue to learn more and more about the system."


(on what it's like to have people view the Texans defense differently this year) "It's really encouraging and that's what we said at the beginning of the year that we want to be a team that could win games on defense. We still got a lot of football left to prove that, but so far, we've been happy with what we've been able to do."


T Duane Brown

(on if he punched Jaguars OLB Clint Session) "I did not punch the guy. You know, I'll walk you through the play. He got the fumble recovery. I tackled him on the sideline. As I was getting up, one of his teammates came and pushed me and in attempt to not fall back on top of him, my left hand came down, hit him in the stomach area to stop myself from falling on top of him. I immediately got up and as you saw from the tape, he had no reaction to it. He got up and we went on and continued to play."


(on how everyone else is viewing the incident) "It is what it is. I have no reason to apologize for anything because I didn't punch him. I'm just moving on."


(on how the team feels about accusations coming from Jacksonville players) "We play hard, man. We play within the rules. I have the utmost respect for anybody that plays this game. I don't consider myself or anyone on my team a dirty player, anyone that tries to take cheap shots to hurt anyone. We all realize this is our livelihood and we want each and every player in this League to play every Sunday. We p