the field position that special teams put the Giants into worries him)
"Well, you know we go right down the field to start the game and then I think we
have third and about seven on the 25 yard line. (QB) David Carr makes a great
play; he goes through three people on his progression, and we drop a ball
there. You know that's frustrating to start in somebody else's stadium as clean
as we did then you go down there and you miss that play and then you missed a
field goal. Nobody feels worse about than (K) Kris Brown (pictured right),
but that can be deflating to you because that's hard.
When you look at that
football game that was played yesterday, there were not a lot of possessions.
We had three positions in the second half. We touch the ball three times, and
that's tough. When you're not getting very many possessions on the road because
they run the ball so well, you've got to make the most out of them. I thought
the start was tough on us, but one of the things we're starting to do as a team
is we're playing through a little adversity and we're playing through it
Our defense, the first
drive, it did not look good. They settled down and played solid the rest of the
day. Offensively we have a nice start, a nice drive. We don't get any points
out of it, but we came right back and went down there again. So we're starting
to play through some of those things.
Getting back to the
kicking, you're right. And punting the ball right now, we did not kick of punt
the ball as well as we should be doing it. Yesterday is a prime example. In
the third quarter there, or fourth quarter, I would say, you know all we need is
a good punt. We've got the game on their end of the field. I told y'all about
that succession of plays that was so poor for our team. We have first and 10 at
the 50 with a three point lead and I think about nine minutes left in the game,
if I'm right, and we go and have a holding penalty, we trip and fall, and then
we have a poor punt. So the momentum of the football game and everything could
have stayed in our favor if we we're kicking the ball well right there. And
we're just going to have to a better job. (P) Chad Stanley is going to have to
do a better job."
P Chad Stanley was attempting a directional punt)
"No, we weren't directional kicking right there. He just didn't hit it well.
Hit the one before the half well, did a good job there. We only had three
punts. It was just a poor kick. The last one's just a poor kick."
biggest surprise in the first half of the season)
"Biggest surprise? I am not going to say I'm surprised at this, but I think we
have a chance. We're heading in the direction of having an excellent football
team from a defensive standpoint with our youth. We're only going to get
better. The first three weeks were not good at all, and it was a little nerve
wracking there, but I think they're starting to come together. I think they are
very young. (LB) DeMeco Ryans' play has led that group, and (DE) Mario Williams
is coming along, so I'm very excited about that.
On the offensive side of
the ball we're moved the ball. We've done some good things moving the ball. We
need to be more effective points-wise. We've got to make some bigger plays, and
the big plays come when you run the ball better, so to me the second half we're
going to have to run the football better to try and free up (WR) Andre Johnson
for some bigger plays and those type of things."
the run game had been a disappointment so far)
"It's been disappointing. We want to run the ball better, but if you ask me
what the biggest disappointment is, I would tell you it's the fact that (T)
Charles Spencer doesn't have 500 plays under his belt at left tackle. That's
the biggest disappointment. I think he's going to be a great player and at this
point right now I'd be talking to you and he'd be like (TE) Owen Daniels, he's
be like (LB) DeMeco Ryans, he'd be like (DE) Mario Williams. He would have had
500 snaps under his belt as we move towards our future, and that was a key, key
loss. You know I'm just hoping that he makes it back, but I wish he had these
same snaps that there other kids have had."
(on how much
QB David Carr has the ability to audible)
"I'm not a big audible guy; don't do a whole lot of that. We do a little bit.
Yesterday we checked off a couple times out of some screens to get out of some
bad plays, but I like us to be locked in on what we're doing and know our job.
As this group works together and as we get down the road, I think that's
something you do more. Right now we have to do what we're doing and do it
better. To go out there and say that we're going to audible 15 or 20 times a
game, I don't think that's where our football team's at right now. But I hope
we get there; I hope we get to that point."
injury status of WR Jerome Mathis)
"You know what, I think I gave you guys some poor information on this, and I
think I'm right this time. On PUP (the Physically Unable to Perform list), when
you come off of PUP there is a three week period (to start being evaluated), and
that three week period has passed on Jerome. I think it ends today (Monday).
We now have 21 days to make an active roster decision on Jerome. So really his
clock starts ticking either today or tomorrow. So you're talking about Week 11
before you have to make an ultimate decision on him. He is behind those other
players. He's not ready to go this week. Jerome has got to take a couple big
steps before y'all are going to see him on the field. So I would say its 50-50
with Jerome with whether he come back and plays this year. Hopefully we'll make
some big strides here in the next few weeks."
Dominick Davis' rehab)
"He's doing fine. I have seen him very little. As we move on here he's with
trainers when we're in meetings and those type of things, but (Running Backs
Coach) Chick Harris talks to him all the time, and the rehab is going well.
He's working with (Strength and Conditioning Coach) Dan Riley when our team's in
meetings and those types of things. He's doing all he can do."
injuries from the game)
"We're fine. Let's see, (LB) DaShon Polk is going to miss some time. It could
be two to four weeks. (He) has a sprained MCL (medial
collateral ligament), I think, if I'm right. Other than that I think we're
okay. (DT) Lional Dalton has a twisted ankle. He'll be touch and go this week,
but everybody else came out fine. And we expect (LB) Kailee Wong to be back
the team is at the right point minus some wins at this point of the season)
"Yeah, the lack of wins is disappointing. I wanted to be a lot further along
from that standpoint. That's a tough question to answer. That's what I spent
all day today doing. I took today to sit down with the coaches and basically we
had a training camp meeting. We went through every football player; we went
through everything we're doing, where we're heading this next eight weeks.
Evaluation process, you know. Sat down with all the pro-personnel people, and
(Associate Director of Pro Scouting) Bobby Grier. (General Manager) Rick Smith,
and I sat down with him and (Pro Scout) Rob Kisiel and (Associate Director of
Pro Scouting) Miller McCalmon, and just talked about our players. I said, what
do you guys see? We're going to try to do that every four weeks and see where
I just want to
make sure if there's other people in the organization from a football
standpoint, from a players' standpoint that we might be missing or failing to
see as coaches. I want them to speak up because we're in this together and we
have to do a great job of evaluating all these players that we do have. So we
tried to take that time to do that today and just kind of set a plan to where
we're heading. And I feel good about that and I feel good about some of the
young players like I told you.
I think we have
a lot of question to answer here in the next eight weeks, but I just want to see
our football team continue to improve, and to play with the effort it played
with yesterday, but I want to be able to find some ‘W's along the way. They
have been hard to come by, and that's why we're out there. As exciting as it
was to see us play better yesterday and cleaner, it's still just as
disappointing. We have to find a way to win some games."
(on the team
remaining positive through tough times)
"Well, I would expect them to. They are a good group of guys. They work as
hard as any football team I've been around, but that just tells you how hard
this league is. I've told you guys before, you can do everything right and it's
still hard to win in this league. But we're doing it right. Our guys are doing
it right. Everybody around here is working the right way. We all want to see
the end result get better, but they're doing exactly what I'd think they'd do.
There's a lot of character in that room."
Kubiak speaks on the performance of Texans kicker Kris Brown and Punter Chad Stanley so far this year, and provides updates on when and if fans will see Pro Bowl Kick Returner Jerome Mathis play this year.
Kubiak Monday Press Conference, Pt. 2
Kubiak updates the status of Jerome Mathis and Kailee Wong, plus more.