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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2011 – 5:46 pm

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak met with the media on Monday at Reliant Stadium for his regularly-scheduled day-after-a-game press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT.

Aside from an injury update on wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end Antonio Smith, here are the highlights

  • The Texans ranked 30th in defense last season. As of Monday, they rank No. 1 in 2011 under new coordinator Wade Phillips. “It’s just been fun to watch,” Kubiak said. “I didn’t know it until this morning until I walked in and saw the league stats, but there’s a long way to go and a lot of big football games to play. But the job that he’s done and (linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) and (assistant head coach/defensive line) Bill (Kollar), (defensive backs coach) Vance (Joseph), (defensive assistant) Bobby (King), (assistant defensive backs coach) Perry (Carter), they’ve done a tremendous job. The players have just bought into what we’re doing and they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
  • Kubiak said the defense has gotten better each week since opening day. “The reason we’re getting better is to watch these young players get better — watch J.J. Watt get better; watch Brooks Reed get better,” Kubiak said. “Troy Nolan comes in and plays well. (Brian) Cushing, we know the level he’s playing at. DeMeco (Ryans) is getting back to full health. DeMeco played really good yesterday. The key is toward the back end of the season you want to win every week, but are you getting better as a football team? Right now, we’re doing that.”
  • The secret to the defense’s turnaround under Phillips? Pressure. “Going against Wade for years as an offensive coach, he does a hell of a job of busting protections,” Kubiak said. “Being able to bust people’s protection schemes and get heat on the quarterback is the key in this league… He does a lot of things, and our guys have responded and done a good job of learning it at a very quick pace.” Kubiak also said that the acquisition of cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been key to the Texans’ success so far this season.
  • As fullback James Casey works back toward 100 percent from a chest injury, fullback Lawrence Vickers continues to carve out a role in the Texans’ offense. “Lawrence has come in and boy, has he played well,” Kubiak said. “That’s the third week he’s started and that’s the best he’s played. You guys see how we run the ball here lately, so you got to give him a lot of credit along with our guys up front. Lawrence has taken to what we’re trying to teach and do. We ask our fullback to do a lot in our offense and it takes some time, and he’s really starting to take to it. He’s playing very well. James is OK… He needs to continue to get a week or two under his belt where he continues to come out of the game healthy… We’ll need them both before we’re all said and done, but Lawrence has taken advantage of an opportunity. That’s probably the best way for me to put it.”

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4 Responses to “Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser”

  1. By inhale/exhale on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    tremandous job all over the field. we are finally watching our baby grow up before our eyes!. It’s taking me back to the good old oiler days. Sacks left and right now beat the teams theyre suppose and we’ll be alright!. So i cant wait to see them, respond being on the road!!. From Mcallen, Texas in The rio grande valley Keep up the good hustle guys and stick it to the pirates of the carabean lol!!!! Loving my defense go baby go!!!! any other great texan fans down here in the south tip of texas reply brothers and sisters reply!!!!!!!!!??????

  2. By inhale/exhale on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Good job guys, loving the defensive hustle. Reminds me of the oilers of old. sacks left and right. Now beat the teams we are suppose to and we’ll be alright. So from the south tip of texas in Mcallen thank you Houston TEXANS. Your finally making me look good. down here is cowboy country. i quite cant understand it because houston is a bit closer. lol !!!!!!!! Iam watching my baby, grow up in front of my eyes. Great job guys!!! keep going dont stop finish it!!! I know you can go all the way. All the way baby!!!!

  3. By reggie mack on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    Since Coach Kucbiak is known for either being ill prepared against teams below .500 it would be nice to see the Texans play like a great team. Against the Teams we expect them to beat. Case in point, the Bucaneers are not going to be a push over and I think a smash mouth to back set and alternating with all three backs being agressive on offense and putting up more than 30 points will be imperative. Defense will have there work cut out for them. Play Amdre Johnson and let Derrick Mason in the game. Jacoby has to step up too.

  4. By Nick Scurfield on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    Reggie-
    I think the last 2 weeks have been “case in point” of beating teams they’re expected to beat: 24-14 over a two-win Jacksonville team and 30-12 over a three-win Browns team. The Texans know they have a tough game on their hands this week. TB is 3-2 at home, which includes a victory over New Orleans in Week 6, and a young quarterback who can light it up in any given week.

    Thanks for the comment.
    -Nick

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