The Houston Texans fell to 2-1 on the preseason after dropping a 31-23 decision to the New Orleans Saints in the “dress rehearsal” game for the starters Sunday afternoon at Reliant Stadium. The offensive starters played the first half before giving way to the second unit. They looked crisp, but the starting defensive unit looked as though they still need some additional work. They gave up some big plays to Drew Brees and the Saints offense.
Following the game Head Coach Gary Kubiak assessed how his team performed in preparation for the opening of the regular season in San Diego on Monday night, September 9th.
“We’re moving the ball well. We have to keep the focus. We get off to such a good start. We missed a couple plays on the first drive. I think we had a 280-yard half in this league, which is excellent, but you’ve got to have some points to show for that. That is a disappointing thing. We jumped off sides one time, dropped a couple balls. But we got the ball moving. We’ve just got to get more out of it right now. But I felt better about us running the ball. I liked their tempo. One of the good things about tonight, we had a ton of snaps. I think my offense played 40 snaps in the first half, and I think the defense played 32. There was a lot of football played in the first half. So it was good. Defensively, we are giving up too many big plays in the first half of each of our preseason games. That’s not all first team, but in the first half of our three preseason games, we have given up some movement of the ball; a couple 100-yard half’s, which is very good in this league. We have to eliminate that. But we have been battling through some situations trying to get some guys to the season, but I think that will make us better when it comes time to go.”
Quarterback Matt Schaub assessed how he felt the preseason has gone for the Texans as well when he faced the media after the contest. “I felt it was good. I felt progression through the three weeks of pre-season were good. I was proud of my normal “snap count” as you could call it, that Coach (Gary Kubiak) puts me through each year. It was good. We led some scoring drives but would have liked to score more sevens especially on a two-minute drill. We had it down in there. We handled the clock in the game situations the right way to get three before the half but I felt it was overall pretty good. I think we are right there, if not a little bit ahead. With how many veterans we have in the lineup coming back that have been in the system and have been with us. I feel like personally, last year coming back from my foot injury, it was basically three weeks back on the practice field this point from that. Having gone past that, this year, where we are at is definitely further along.”
The starters won’t play in Dallas this Thursday night in the final preseason game. That game will be for the purpose of seeing who makes the team and who gets put on waivers on the final cut before the 2013 season begins.