Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair spoke to the media after practice on Wednesday to share some thoughts on the team.
Here are his full comments:
(opening remarks) “First of all, I want to clarify what I had to say after the game Sunday. I was speaking about the game and the great comeback that we had, and I was very proud of that comeback. But at the same time, you can’t win games playing 59 minutes, and that was the big disappointment. We just have to learn to play 60 minutes and get these things closed out. I was not making any reference to a critique of the coaches or the players by saying they were great, so let me clarify that. None of us are happy with the performance of our team. We are underperforming. Our coaches know that; they say that. Our players know that; they say that. We’ve got to turn this thing around. The way we’ll do that is by playing 60 minutes, and so that’s the emphasis. I have faith in the team. We’ve got a tough team we play this weekend. I think we’re going to go out and win this game, and if we do that, then probably we’ll be in second place in the division, one game out. So my message to the fans is this team has not quit. They’re still fighting and they’ll continue fighting, and I think that you’re going to see some very pleasant things happen in the future.”
(on his thoughts and feelings regarding head coach Gary Kubiak) “Well, we talk about what’s going on and the game and the performance and the various things that I’m talking about. It’s obvious to all of us that for us to come back the way we did after being down and being in their stadium with 80,000 fans up there cheering against us, it was just a tremendous comeback. If we would’ve closed that game out, there’s no doubt in my mind it would’ve been the biggest victory we’ve had, period; bar none. And we didn’t do it. We let it slip away. We just can’t let that happen, and the team has got to realize during that crunch time, you’ve got to turn it up. The other team is going to turn it up. If we don’t turn it up, we’re going to be on the short end of the stick. We’re ready to go forward, though, and be ready to play this game this weekend.”
(on if he is still sticking with Kubiak) “I’m concerned about winning this game against Tennessee. I always do what I think is in the best interest of this team, and that’s what motivates me. And it’s in our best interest right now to get ready and play Tennessee and go out there and win this game, and that’s what I expect us to do.”
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