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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 13, 2011 – 6:13 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.

Here are the highlights:

  • Kubiak announced that right guard Mike Brisiel has a fractured fibula and will miss at least 3-4 weeks, and that the Texans released veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason.
  • Kubiak discussed the support from fans, who gave the team a hero’s welcome back to Reliant Stadium on Sunday. “It means a great deal for the bus to pull down Kirby last night and see all the people that came out,” he said. “A lot of the players spent a lot of time with them after we got here. All of our families were sitting here in the parking lot waiting on us. That’s what you work for. That’s why we’ve been doing what we’ve been doing, to get to that point where everybody could experience that. Obviously, you guys know for me, I grew up five miles down the road, so it’s special to see that excitement. But I know the hard work that’s been put in and the job that the coaches and players of this organization have done. To walk around our building today and see how proud everybody is that works here and is part of this organization is a great day. But we got a lot to look forward to and still got a lot of work to do, so we got to focus on that right now.”
  • Asked about the criticism he received last year, when most fans and media wanted him to be fired, compared to the praise he’s receiving this year, when fans and media are starting to mention him as a coach of the year candidate, Kubiak said: “I try not to listen when they call for my head, and I try not to listen today. That’s the best way I try to handle it.”
  • Kubiak said he has no plans to rest banged-up players like defensive end Antonio Smith or inside linebacker Brian Cushing after clinching the division. “We’re going to go about business as usual,” he said. “You get 46 guys on game day. Everybody’s got to play. You start talking about resting players and those type of things, you’re not getting better. I’m going to be smart with every player we have, but at the same time, we’ve got a game to win this weekend and we got to be at full-strength to get that done. My concern is how good are we going to be three weeks from now, so that means we got to get better this week and win another game.”
  • Earlier this season, it was reported out that wide receiver Kevin Walter had a broken shoulder and would miss 10-12 weeks. He returned after missing only one game. Last Friday, Walter was not at practice because of an illness and was questionable for Sunday’s game. He wound up with six catches for 76 yards and the game-winning touchdown. “I could stay up here all day talking about that kid,” Kubiak said. “Y’all know what I think of him. He’s a man, now. You’re going to get the same thing every day or every week. I got on the elevator with him at the hotel Saturday night, me and a couple of the coaches, and he was white as a ghost, didn’t look very good. We asked him how he was doing. He said, ‘Coach, I’m fine. I’m ready to go.’ That’s Kevin. He goes out there and makes a huge play at the end. He’s a true pro. He’s a pro’s pro, got tremendous respect on our team. I’m happy for him. That was a heck of a deal yesterday.”
  • Kubiak said that players like quarterback Matt Schaub and outside linebacker Mario Williams have been extremely important to the team’s success, even though they’re on injured reserve and can’t play. “When the buses parked last night, the first guy waiting on us in the parking lot was Mario because he did not make the trip,” Kubiak said. “That meant a lot to the team, and Mario had brought a lot of guys’ families over for them. I told Matt this after the game, I told Schaub, I said, ‘I know it’s a great day for you, but I know it’s a tough day because you’re not out there playing.’ I let Andre (Johnson) know how I felt about him after the game, but I could sit here and talk about Mario, I could talk about Matt Schaub, I could talk about (Darryl) Sharpton, I could talk about all those guys that have been a part of this that unfortunately aren’t going to be a part of it as we move forward. We’re here today because of a lot of people and our players understand that and they respect that. We carry those guys with us every week that we line up right now.”

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