As is always the case with a head coach at any level, Coach Gary Kubiak had concerns in some areas of his team’s performance, but was also pleased in other areas.
“I was disappointed on how we ran the ball in general. We are bouncing around in personnel. Of course you had the turnover there early, but we moved the ball. We’ve been throwing the ball around pretty good. I think in camp we’ve been throwing it pretty good. Our quarterbacks have been pretty solid. (QB) TJ (Yates) is solid again, and (QB) Case (Keenum) makes some really nice throws in there. But, we have to be a little bit better running the ball. More consistent running the ball, but a lot of that is probably on me at this point because I’m wanting to look at those quarterbacks so much. We moved the ball well last week and this week. The thing I’m bothered with right now is the penalties. But, it might be a good thing. Last week we walked out of Minnesota, didn’t have many penalties and didn’t turn the ball over. That usually doesn’t happen the first time out. This is a great reminder, that hey, we have to have some discipline in what we’re doing, and that’s on me. I have to make sure we’re disciplined in everything that we’re doing and that we’re not giving up plays that we’ve made, or giving up free plays on the defensive side of the ball. So we have to be really hard on ourselves the next couple of days.”
Houston is at home again this weekend. The will entertain the New Orleans Saints in a 3 PM kickoff at Reliant Stadium. This is the third preseason game, and as is always the case in the NFL, you can probably expect the starters to play at least 2 ½, or possibly 3 quarters of the game as a “dress rehearsal” for the beginning of the season.
Kubiak stressed the importance of the game as he concluded his press conference after the victory over Miami. “(It is) very important. We are looking to play the most football that we have played as a starting unit. We have got a very good team coming in here. They test us every time we step on the field against them. So it’s going to be good. We felt good tonight. (We are) just going to try and take another step forward next week.”
The Texans will close out preseason in Dallas on Thursday, August 29th, and open the season on Sunday, September 9th on the road against the San Diego Chargers.