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Houston Texans: Gary Kubiak Conference Call Transcript

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Q: ** How are you doing health-wise?

GK: You know guys, I'm doing good. I'm trying to work myself back to my full schedule. I'm not totally there yet, but I'm feeling better each and every week. I'm trying to get myself back to where I was before and I feel like I'm heading that way. I'm so very lucky and I hope to be back in full force here pretty quick and doing all the things I normally do. I think I'm getting there.

Q: What are you able to do?

GK: They just really kind of have some hours. They kind of come here and throw me out at certain times, I guess is the only way to explain. As a coach, heck, the work is never done. So they kind of put me in those kinds of situations. There are people that I deal with on a regular basis and just going from there.

Q: Logistically, what is the breakdown of responsibility with you and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips?

GK: I mean, nothing has changed. The one entire week I guess against Arizona, Wade handled that all week, but since I've come back I've handled everything. They biggest thing for me, you all know that I work on the offensive side of the ball a great deal and so I have to delegate some of that as I work myself back to my full schedule. Other than that, nothing has changed.

Q: Obviously J.J. Watt is a great physical talent, but beyond his physical skill set, what makes him such a special player?

GK: Well, he is just a worker, guys. He loves to play, he loves to work. You go down there on the player's day off and [he's] the one guy that you are going to see down there every week working out, going on the field. That's just what he stands for. You know, we're going through a tough time right now as a team, but everything he stands for and everything he does, nothing has changed. You can see how he's played, so I mean he's a guy that expects greatness out of himself week-in and week-out and puts in the work to get it.

Q: You drafted a guy from up around here [North Easton, Mass.] in Brennan Williams, but he is out for the year with an injury. How is his rehab going?

GK: He is doing good. He came in and I think he had a couple days in OTAs and all the sudden we had a knee swell up on us. He really missed all the offseason. We tried to get him going again in training camp and get him back to health, but then we had this other problem. So, it's kind of been one thing after another, but he is working well. All indications are that when you get into the offseason and OTAs, he is a full-strength participant, but it has basically been a redshirt year for him. He's got a lot of ability. We've got to find a way to keep him healthy and get him contributing.

Q: What do you see from the Patriots as you start to game plan?

GK: Well I just see them playing better and better each week. They've obviously got some guys back and [are] getting back to full strength. What they did in the second half last week is, you know, just phenomenal. Their leadership with Bill [Belichick] and Tom [Brady] has been consistent for so many years. I see a team priming itself to make a run for a championship. They have a lot of great players and their coaches on that staff are absolutely tremendous and I see them getting in position to go make that run that they usually make. So, I am very impressed.

Q: How difficult is it to game plan for a team like New England that has been so much of a work-in-progress over the course of the year?

GK: Obviously working against their offense, there are just so many things that they are good at. I mean, they throw the ball as well as anybody in the game. They can line up and run it extremely well too. As they work through some guys being out, it was impressive to watch them work through that. Defensively, Bill [Belichick] and their scheme has always been very difficult to prepare for. I know in all my years in Denver with Mike [Shanahan], I mean 3-4, 4-3, and all those things. One week to prepare for that group is very tough because the coaches do such a great job of coaching and getting so many things done. I mean, like I said, you guys know how impressed I am with their organization and what they have been able to accomplish and continue to accomplish.

Q: The last time the Patriots played in Houston, Wes Welker tore his ACL on the field, and I noticed a patch in the middle of the field. What is going on with the field there?

GK: I think it has been pretty good. I think to the general public and people – you know our field is different than most fields that are in this league. It is pieced together like a puzzle. On a weekly basis I think we rotate two or three different fields that come from outside and come in. I know there is a college game here this Friday night, so there is a lot of football played out there, but I think it has been pretty good this year. I know they work extremely hard at it, but it's a little bit different than what you see on a weekly basis.

Q: What have been your impressions of former Patriots linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, who you signed a couple weeks ago and started for you in a game?

GK: Yeah, you know, we've had some injuries and we've had to pick some players up here over the course of the last month, and I'll tell you he has been the most impressive. We brought him in, and he was here 10 days and started a game against Oakland. He went in there and played really well. He played good on special teams the last two weeks. He is very smart. It is a tough situation to be put in, but it is a tremendous opportunity for a young man and he has taken advantage of it.

Q: Chandler Jones was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month this morning. What do you see from him and how does he challenge you?

GK: He is extremely talented and long. He can rush the passer, we all know that, but the thing that impressed me is he is playing the run extremely well. They've had some new faces inside and those type of things, but continue to play extremely well. I mean, we are very impressed with him. They are tough to deal with from a protection standpoint with the many schemes and stuff, so we've got our work cut out for us.

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