Have you ever seen an episode of the Walking Dead? It’s a show where Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma in a zombie apocalypse world. He becomes the leader of a group of survivors and despite the odds ands hardships Rick experiences, he is able to tactically lead a group of people by managing their strengths and weaknesses to survive another day. That means despite any loss that the group may encounter, Rick keeps a leveled head and keep his group going . Head Coach Gary Kubiak needs to be Rick Grimes.
After a terrible loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Kubiak, surrounded by his players, issued a challenge to his players in the visiting teams locker room of Gillette Stadium. This challenge, unlike previous challenges, was to the organization from top to bottom. It was for every man to look at himself and each other – to what kind of team they are going to be.
Safety Daniel Manning recalls, “He basically was saying if we’re going to be a championship team, we have to face teams like this. We have to go through situations that we were in and we have to deal with things that were out in front of us. We didn’t handle the way that a championship (team) did. They did ”.
Defensive end Antonio Smith also stated, “He started it off by saying, ‘Now you see what it takes to win games like this, to play like this. What you (were) in the first half let you know what these type of games are about.’ That’s absolutely true ”.
This week the Texans will undoubtably practice as if they are a team in the playoff hunt, as they come home to host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Colts are coming off another win as Quarterback Andrew Luck lead his team on another game winning drive this pass Sunday. As it stands, the Colts are the only team standing in the way of the Texans winning their division as the Colts stand at 9-4, while the Texans are 11-2. There is a catch as the Texans not only play the Colts week 15 but also week 17. With only three game remaining, the Texans will have to beat the Texans at least once in order to win the division crown.
– Antonio Furgiuele
To see more quotes from Daniel Manning and Antonio Smith, read Nick Scurfield’s article here, from Houstontexans.com