Texans Post-Game Q&A

Texans Post-Game Q&A

The Houston Texans showed that they are still a team in the process of building after finishing last in the 2005 season with a 2-14 record. In 2006, the Texans are now 0-3 to start the season.

Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak
 (on the Texans play after the first drive)
"We didn't do anything good after that.  I take full responsibility.  That's my group out there, and we have to get better.  It's my responsibility to make sure we go out and play for four quarters."

(on the Redskins defense) 
"They did everything we thought they would do.  They made a big play early and they came after us until the end of the game.  That's what they do on defense."

(on the Texans defense)
"It wasn't good.  We didn't stop them all day except for the first drive.  We'll have to take a hard look at what we're doing, how we're doing it and who we're doing it with.  We've got a long way to go.  I take responsibility for that and I have to find a way to fix it."

(on the loss overall)
"It's extremely disappointing.  You want to see progress in what you're doing and today was definitely not progress.  You can't play for just a series or a quarter, you have to play all day."

(on being so hard on himself)
"That's the way I feel.  That was ugly today.  Some of the things that happened out there today are inexcusable, but I take full responsibility."

(on getting an early lead and losing it)
"I haven't had to deal with this particular aspect of the game a lot.  I've been in professional football a long time and you make plays and sometimes you get stuck.  That's football, that's part of the game.  They're all great players out there on the field, and we just have to step up and make plays."

Texans QB David Carr
(on the offense after the first drive)
"It was bad. We were just doing stupid stuff. The penalties killed us. It was embarrassing from the fumbled snaps. It made no sense. Other than that we moved the ball."

(on this being the toughest loss of the season) 
"Yes, definitely, because we did it to ourselves. Granted, we scored some points, but we could have scored more. We had the ability to do that, but we did it to ourselves."

(on what happened during the fumble) 
"We were working on some dummy cadences, things we were trying to work on for a long time. We just have some things we need to work on. Obviously there are things that didn't get done today."

(on starting the season 0-3) 
"It is tough; we have to stay as positive as we can. We just want to keep the guys fighting and keep competing.  We need to keep coming on the other side of the ball, and keep those guys going. We go into the huddle and move on to the next play. If we have a bad play we can't just say, ‘Oh, here we go again.' We can't have that bad attitude and I felt that sometimes that's what it was today. Guys get into some situations with bad plays—well, not really bad plays, just some penalties and some holding—but so what, let's get out there again and play. We can't get into a situation where we hang our heads.

(on the defense) 
"It's tough for me to comment because I don't really know what is going on, but we have some great guys ready to compete, like Dunta Robison.  He's ready for a battle."

(on starting the game hot) 
"We start so well and they score and we are like they have tied.  It's frustrating.  Not frustrating because of the tie, it's a football game they are going to score, but the attitude sometimes is what worries me. I don't want them to think that since the other team scored a touchdown that it's the end of the game. We have to go out and continue to play. It's just something that we focus on and make sure it's not the attitude that we carry around."

(on Miami next week) 
"Good test, good defense.  Just like today, actually the first three weeks. We have a good test coming in here; we know the defense pretty well. So there will be challenges there, it will be exciting for them to come back and here and play. We have to run the ball. We have good talent outside and we can make good plays. We need to try not to hurt ourselves.  We just need to be able to run the football."

(on former coach Dom Capers coming to town next week with Miami) 
"We have seen all the stuff he has, and I am sure they have some new tricks. They have a talented defense, and we will take care of it. It is going to be the same as this game. We have the talent to go and play against anybody; we just don't need to hurt ourselves."

(on being shocked to be 0-3) 
"Actually I am. Going into the season I felt really good and I still do. I am a little surprise by the offense that we are running."

(on maintaining team morale) 
"I have to be aware of the feeling of here we go again. Even though millions are saying it, even around the league and many fans. That cannot be your attitude if you are strapped on with me. You have to stay positive."

Texans WR Andre Johnson
(on the good start then stalling)
"It seems the be the same story every week, you know, start off good, but then you kick yourself in the butt or you start off bad and pick it up at the end.  It was just mistakes, just little things we did to stop ourselves.  You drop the ball on second-and-three on the snap, or little things like that.  Those are the kind of things that hurt you."

(on his long reception to setup the first TD) 
"It was something we had been practicing all week.  You know that they're an aggressive defense. We knew that if we kept (QB) David (Carr) protected that that play would be wide open, and it worked out just like we planned."

(on getting quite a few touches this week) 
"I just try to make the best of my opportunities.  I just come in and work my butt every week and just play to win every Sunday.  Every opportunity that I get, I just try to make the best of it."

(on how he, as a leader, helps keep the team positive) 
"There's still a lot of football left to be played.  I know guys are frustrated; some guys have been here since it started, and we have been going through the same thing over and over.  You just have to keep working.  Eventually things will get better."

Texans DT Travis Johnson
(on his attitude after the loss)

"I'm not a loser, and I don't think anybody in this locker room is a loser. When you lose a game like that, it's difficult."

(on which aspect of Washington's offense was most effective)
"Pick your poison. They played well, and we didn't."

(on the defense's performance)
"We didn't stop them on third down or second and long when we really needed to. We were shooting ourselves in the foot. When you don't get off the field on third down, it's everybody's fault."

Texans DT Seth Payne
(on the Texans' third consecutive loss)

"All we can do is get angry about it and try to get angry enough to go out and fix it next week."

(on the team's performance this season)
"Our fans don't deserve this. Coach Kubiak doesn't deserve this. It's just unacceptable and we deserve any criticism anybody wants to give us."

(on Washington's offensive strategy)
"We knew they were going to try to get the ball to RB Clinton Portis and we just flat out didn't get it done. Whether it was mental breakdowns or physical breakdowns, we'll find out tomorrow. Any time you let a team do that to you, we're all at fault."

Texans LB DeMeco Ryans
(on the Redskins offense)

"They ran a lot of gadget plays that kind of caught us on our heels and it ended up with a lot of big plays for them."

(on the string of plays the Redskins put together)
"Its really tough any time the opposing offense has a rhythm going and keeps making play after play it."

(on the trick plays that were run)
"It was good calls at the time. It caught us. We could have been in a better defense at the time but they just made a play on us. We should have been making plays and getting the ball out and causing turnovers."

(on reaction to the trick plays)
"We talked to everyone to do their job, do their assignments but you still have to come up with a play of our own. We have to come up with a turn-overs to give our offense the ball."

Texans DE Mario Williams
(on Washington's big plays)

"As a defense, you just have busts here and there, and they capitalized on them."

(on defense's lack of pressure on QB Mark Brunell)
"He was throwing the ball quickly for one thing, and I was getting double and triple-teamed. They were using play action pass with a tight end and a tackle blocking me. As a unit, though we still have to make strides to get better and get back there to disrupt the play."

(on Washington having 22 consecutive completions)
"We can't sit here and just lay down.  We have to keep chopping wood, like I said.  Just prepare for better things to happen."


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