Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak on Week 1


Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) talks with coach Gary Kubiak during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Texans defeated the Chargers 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The following are quotes from Houston Texans head coach gary Kubiak following Week 1 where the Texans defeated the San Diego Chargers, 31-28 Monday night. The quotes are form the postgame press conference.

Kubiak was asked about Arian Foster and Ben Tate about Foster looking like he was angry when Tate waived him off and if he was tempted to run Tate more at the end of the game
“I wish it would have come out a little more closer to even. I think I said that after the game. Obviously, it was Arian’s first time out this year. He didn’t play any in the preseason. I think Ben’s had an excellent preseason. I want to keep it somewhat close right now and watch them working to what’s going on. As far as waving a guy off, they’re competitors. They both want to be on the field. I understand that. I think that’s a good thing for the team.”

Kubiak on Matt Schaub’s 345 yard passing performance
“I thought it was exceptional. He got off to a rough start, gets the ball tipped to start the game. It’s such a negative play to start your football season. A lot of people could go into the tank. He kept battling. I think the thing I was most impressed with Matt is his extension of plays last night. I think he did a tremendous job in some tough situations, third-and-long where he found ways to extend the play and move around and give people a chance to get down the field to keep us on the field. When you get caught in a situation like that, especially on the road, it’s tough to succeed unless your quarterback’s got total control of what’s going on. I was just very impressed with what he did.”

Kubiak on safety Ed Reed this upcoming week
“Well, we got so close last week. It would be so easy to say, ‘OK, we’re ready to go.’ I just walked by him. He’s in the training room right now going through some rehab stuff with Kap (Head Athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan). I think we’re very close. We’ll see. I expect him to practice tomorrow. Does he take more of a load than he did last week? We’ll see, but I know were’ very, very close. I think it’s still a day-to-day thing right now.”

Kubiak on Andre Johnson’s performance in Week 1
 “He’s had a great camp. He’s been exceptional through camp. Once again, we have to move him all over the place last night because they were paying special attention to him. But he always responds to that. He finds a way to make plays. The thing I’ve been really impressed with, I think he’s running better after the catch right now probably better than maybe he has. I just see a point of emphasis right there. It’s something he’s improved upon.”

Kubiak on the second half defense
“Our energy was excellent, we locked up our coverage much better, we made him (Phillip Rivers) get rid of the ball. Probably the biggest thing is they had some success running the ball early in the game and throughout the first half that they weren’t able to find in the second half. I think the last five possessions, we had them three-and-out, the last four or five possessions.  You don’t get something like that done unless it is a total turnaround, and it was across the board.  Special teams, offense, defense – everybody did their job for a quarter and a half.”

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