Texans coach Gary Kubiak met with the media on Tuesday for his day-after-a-game press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT at Reliant Stadium.
Here are the highlights:
- Kubiak said that the Texans are “beat up” and “paid a big price” for last night’s game. “It was a very physical football game, and we’re going to have to make some changes here and have some new guys step up,” Kubiak said. He listed defensive end Mario Williams (sports hernia), wide receiver David Anderson (shoulder) and guard Mike Brisiel (calf) as players with injury issues.
- Kubiak, on the possibility of shutting down Williams for the remainder of the season: “If Mario can help us win, (if) he can play 25-30 plays which he played last night, then we want him to play and we’ll do everything we can to get him to gameday. If our doctors think that it’s not possible and we would hurt Mario in the long haul, then we will do what’s right by Mario. So that continues to be evaluated.” Williams has yet to miss a game in his five-year career.
- Kubiak explained his decision to call two passing plays in overtime from the Texans’ nine-yard line, instead of running the ball with Arian Foster. “I thought we had a lot of momentum in what we were doing,” he said. “We had their nickel on the field. We had had their nickel on the field for two big, big drives in the fourth quarter and thought that we had a little advantage there, but obviously it didn’t work out that way. I wasn’t scared to be aggressive backed up. Matt (Schaub) handles that good.”
- Kubiak said that the Texans should have double-teamed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on the final play. The Texans were in max protection, but Ngata got free up the middle and pressured Schaub into throwing the game-ending pick-six.
- Kubiak said that personnel changes have created a “huge challenge” for special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, leading to uncharacteristic struggles in kick coverage and on returns this season. “There’ve been a lot of changes on special teams and a lot of kids that are so-called leaders on special teams that are now being called upon to be starters on defense and those type of things, so Joe’s losing some of that production,” Kubiak said. Safety Dominique Barber is out for the season on injured reserve. Special teams captain Kevin Bentley has become the starting middle linebacker, and rookie Darryl Sharpton has become the starting weakside linebacker. Linebacker Xavier Adibi has missed several games with a hamstring injury.
- With the playoffs all but out of reach, Kubiak was asked what goals the Texans have left to play for in the final three games. “Our goals are week-to-week, to win a game,” he said. “Obviously, we started this season with the hopes of being a playoff team for the first time in this franchise’s history. I don’t think mathematically we’re eliminated, and I could be wrong, but it’s very, very difficult right now. We need to go to Tennessee and find a way to win a game.”
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