Kubiak Impressed with Arizona, Not Concerned

The Cardinals and Texans meet for just the second time in the regular season this week in Arizona. The Cardinals look to improve to .500, while the Texans arrive in the desert with an already even record. Although Texans coach Gary Kubiak thinks very highly of Kurt Warner and crew, he's confident that the Texans are ready to shutdown the Cardinals offense and advance to 3-2.

Generally, the opposition's biggest threat when facing the Cardinals is Arizona's high-powered offense. But lately they haven't been clicking and are off to a 1-2 start.

But the Texans know it's difficult to keep a good quarterback down.

The Texans face Arizona after a 29-6 win over the Oakland Raiders. Coach Gary Kubiak was asked about the adjustment on going from QB JaMarcus Russell to Warner. Kubiak knows it's not only Warner who will test his team, it's all of Ken Whisenhunt's warriors.

"Well, we're not only going against him (Warner). Here's an MVP in this league," Kubiak said. ‘Obviously, last year, what they did as a football team was tremendous. We know that their strength of their team is to spread you out and throw the ball. So, we're going to get a good dose of that. They're going to be fresh. They were off this past week so a new challenge for our football team. We're going to have to score some points in there as a team, offensively, just a total different challenge from the standpoint of experience—all those playmakers that they have."

Kubiak thinks Warner's biggest contributions are his smarts.

"As a play caller, you can put him in situations where you empty the backfield and stuff, and even if people blitz you, Kurt, that's his strength: making plays and getting rid of the ball quickly, spreading people all over the place. They've got the weapons to do it. I played against him when he was in St. Louis and watched him do it. He's been doing it now in Arizona. So I just have a lot of respect for him as a player, as a person. He's a big-time guy."

Warner will need some help from his big-time playmakers. The three-headed monster of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston are neck-and-neck with an average of 176 yards and 15 receptions. Surprisingly, Tim Hightower leads the teams in receptions, 20 (good for 172 yards).

In order to stop these players, Kubiak will deploy a couple young defensive backs who are excited about the opportunity of meeting the Cardinals receivers.

"I was impressed with how Q (CB Glover Quinn) played yesterday with the first-time start. I think (CB) Brice (McCain) came in and did some nice stuff. (CB) Dunta (Robinson) is getting better each week. The challenge is there for us defensively and we'll have to have some young guys grow up real fast."

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