Postgame Quotes: Gary Kubiak

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak gave an update on the Texans' injury situation and shared his thoughts on the play-calling, Peyton Manning, and more!

On the Texans' injuries...

"I'm going to be pretty vague here. (RB) Ahman (Green) has a knee sprain, or a knee strain. He'll be evaluated and have an MRI this afternoon. (DT) Cedric Killings, when he was on the field, he was moving everything, he was talking to me, he called out to his teammates a couple times. He has a big cut under his right eye. He was in a big collision. That's about all I know right now. He's at Methodist (Hospital). We'll put him through a series of tests tonight. All indications appear to be real positive. We'll see how that comes out. (WR) Andre' Davis dislocated a finger. (WR) Jacoby Jones has an AC separation. He'll be evaluated in the next couple of days. I can tell he'll miss some time. (C) Steve McKinney has a knee sprain. It was thought to be pretty serious initially, but he actually did go back in the game, so that's a positive sign. We've got some guys beat up and I don't have a lot of answers for you. I'm sorry. We should have more for you tomorrow as we work through these guys tonight."

On how the team played through the injuries...

"I just told our team that we played hard. We drew some tough times there in the first half and we had to figure out personnel-wise what we had to play the game with. I thought we settled down, but then we turned the ball over, and if you turn the ball over against this group, you're in trouble. I thought our defense kept us in the football game. They did everything they could. Special teams made big plays to give us a chance. We just never got in a rhythm of running the ball. I couldn't get us in that rhythm, and that starts with me calling the plays. You've got to run the ball against this group and when you don't do that successfully you're going to struggle. I've got to do a better job for our guys. There wasn't a lack of effort. It was a tremendous effort on everybody's part, and we paid the price for it. We're pretty beat up. We've got to fix it and we've got to let it go and get ready to go play next week."

On the game plan after RB Ahman Green was injured...

"I don't know if it changes your game plan, but you're down a heck of a player. So from that point on (RB) Samkon (Gado) is your guy and (FB Jameel) Cook is his backup. So it takes you out of some personnel that you want to run in the game. Then we had the receiver issue also with (WR) Jacoby (Jones). All of sudden now you've got three wide receivers and three backs that you're trying to finish the game with, so we tried to do it more with (TE) Jeb (Putzier) on the field. That's why you have to be able to adjust personnel, and your players are able to adjust, and I thought for the most part we did a good job in finding a way, finding personnel there we could just keep everybody on the field and move the ball late in the game. That's part of the NFL. When something happens you have to find a way, that day."

On missing the big-play ability of WR Andre Johnson...

"WThis team's not going to give you many big plays the way they play. They're going to play three deep and make you dunk. I think our receivers played well. Those young kids played well. (WR) Andre' Davis makes a huge play, (WR) Kevin (Walter), (DT) Amobi (Okoye), (WR) Jerome (Mathis) goes in there and makes some plays. I thought they would because they practiced well. I don't think the big play was the key. The key was staying in the football game and being able to run the ball. When you get down by 14, or by 17, to these guys, you're in trouble. Their pass rush will not allow you sit back there and hold the ball and try to create some route 40 yards down the field. You're going to be in trouble."

if he saw DT Cedric Killings move his legs on the field following the injury...

"He was moving everything when we were on the field. Initially he made a couple of comments that he couldn't feel down low. As he laid there and talked to us, he did move everything. He talked to me. His teammates called out to him from a distance, and they don't know it but he was respondent to them. As I said, he has a tremendous, a big cut under his right eye. I know it's just a big collision. It's a scary part of football. Cedric is a great kid and we're just going to cross our fingers and say some prayers and hope that everything is going to be alright."


Darrell Reid and Rocky Boiman tackle Texans RB Jameel Cook
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On how much credit is owed to the Indianapolis run defense...

"I give them a lot of credit. They played us in an eight-man box. They did not play us in Tampa 2 until they got up by 14. They were going to be physical and make us play that way, and we knew that. It doesn't mean we can't run the ball versus an eight-man box, which obviously we didn't do it. I feel like it's me. We didn't get in a rhythm. We return a kick and then we weren't on the field on offense until there was six minutes left in the first quarter before we ever stepped on the football field. And that's a nice problem to have. But you have to still go attack the way you wanted to attack as if you're stepping on the field after the opening kick off. I don't know that we necessarily did that."

On the play call that resulted in an interception in the redzone...

"We were trying to run a pump seam. We were trying to set everybody down with a little pump to the left and more verticals. That's a play that we've run on them a couple times with some success. The right linebacker did a heck of a job. He got back. If (QB) Matt (Schaub) sees that guy covered he should dump it down to (WR) Jerome (Mathis). So in hindsight you'd like to see him go to number three. On the spur of the moment there, we made a big play, we're fixing to get right back in the ball game. We probably got a little greedy. That's what we were doing right there. But he knows he can't turn the ball over for us to have a chance to win this game."

On the play selection at the end of the first half...

"There was no package there that caused me to do that. We came out, we threw a screen, we hit (TE) Owen Daniels, we had second and two with about a minute and 25 left, we had two timeouts, we had plenty of time, so we were going to run the ball there and get a first down and stay on the ball and get a free set of downs. And all of a sudden we get stuffed on second and two and we're staring at third down with a minute 10 left, and they've got three timeouts. I felt like we had time to move the ball and I did not want to give them the football back with three timeouts and a minute left, if we don't make that third down. In hindsight, would I probably do it different, maybe. But at the time I felt like I was doing the right thing to make sure we were the last team on the field in the first half. I felt like we had time to function with our offense."

On the decision for the onside kick...

"That question you have right there, do you onside kick it or do you kick it deep. The first thing that comes to mind is you're playing a great offense, so do you onside kick it. The next thing, you've got two time outs, your defense is playing well, you're at home, the crowd is in great shape, so you have to make that decision. I like the decision we made. We had them and they have a penalty and we've got them at first and 15 with two timeouts. Boy you feel good about getting the ball back. But to their credit, on second-and-nine, they let the kid go throw the ball and him and (WR) Marvin (Harrison) hook up and not many teams would have the you-know-what to make that call right there. But that team is going to make it and that's why they're the world champs that make you play. But I felt like our situation was good and I thought we would get the ball back."

On the play of Colts QB Peyton Manning and who he compares to...

"I don't know that you can compare him to anybody. I think he's in a league of his own right now. He's got a master of an offense in a game that he's been in for a long, long time. The things he gets done, and to get them done in our stadium when that's as loud as I've heard Reliant Stadium, I'll be honest with you. The fans were great and he was still functioning. He was getting his hand signals and everything he could possibly get done. The amazing thing about him, and I'm going to give him a big compliment here, his guy is used to having huge numbers when he throws and completes passes and has big days. But the thing to me that makes this guy so great is when he shows up and if they have to run the ball and throw 25 times to win, he has no problem with that. That's a tremendous compliment to Peyton Manning and what they do."

On what he can take away from this game...

"I'm proud of their effort. But the thing that's changed around here is that we won't take any moral victories. We're here to win. And we're here to play hard and we expect good results. So I'm proud of those guys and they know that. But that's not what we're after. We're trying to turn this whole program around and be a winner week in and week out."


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