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Game Vs. Texans: HC Gary Kubiak

On the team's comeback from a deficit, but inability to come away with the win: "We struggled, obviously, defensively early in the game and got behind as a football team. But at halftime, we felt fortunate to actually be down by 10. But we were very confident at halftime, getting the ball coming out. We really, really played very well in the third quarter and had total control of the football game, so you're sitting there, 24-20, in control of the football game with a quarter left to play, and then that's where we started to make our mistakes. We had a poor kick, which totally flipped the field position. We didn't stop them. We had a couple penalties on offense on our third drive, which stopped us. And when you need to be playing your best ball, at 24-20 with a quarter to play, was when we started to make our mistakes as a team. So, I like the way we rallied back, but when you play great football teams, you got to get it done at crunch time. And they did and we didn't."

On if there was ever a question whether or not QB Matt Schaub would return: "No, he was fine. He just hit the ground hard right there before the half and went in. The doctors checked him out and were very confident that he was fine. He's doing fine. You know, he played pretty darn well. I know we'd like to have the turnover back, but he played pretty well."

On WR Andre Johnson's exit and then return to the game:"Yeah. He had his ankle again. He just tweaked it again and came in, took a shot, played for his team, played big, played very big in the game."

On what he told his team after the game: "Just what I just told y'all. Like I said, we had ourselves with a quarter left to play on the road in a tough place to play in great position. And from there, we didn't get it done. It was all three phases from there. It started with the kicking game and, like I said, a couple penalties on offense. They didn't stop us in the second half, we stopped ourselves a couple times. And then defensively when we needed to rise to the occasion with the lead, we didn't do that neither. So it could go on all three phases in the fourth quarter didn't get it done."

On his plan to handle QB Michael Vick: "Well, it's easy to have a plan against him, it's hard to execute. The bottom line, I mean, we'd like to keep him in the pocket, make him throw the football. But even when you've got him there, he still finds a way to get out and make plays. This young man is playing as good as anybody I've seen play in the National Football League, and I've been doing it for a while. He's special. We just tried to contain him, but obviously he still had a big night and he's been doing it against a lot of people. We had a couple chances for turnovers, you know, he gave us a lot opportunities that we just didn't take advantage of."

On his team's issue with tackling: "Yeah, I would say we didn't tackle very good, especially in the fourth quarter."

On T Duane Brown's false starts: "Yeah, there's no excuse for that. Yeah, I think he had three or four. He's the guy on the edge, that's what he does for a living. You know, that can't happen. We deal with noise all the time. You guys know we work with it all the time at home. There's no excuses for that. That hurt us. You're 1st and 15 or 1st and 20 against this football team, in this stadium, it gets really, really tough. It really, in my opinion, it took us out of (it). We had back to back touchdown drives in the third quarter. I felt very good, we're fixing to go down there again. We had the big penalties that got us to 1st and 20 eventually and we couldn't get it done."

On if there should have been a flag for the play on WR Kevin Walter: "It looks like to me there definitely should be a call there. I tried to give (QB) Matt (Schaub) a chance to make a big play if we get the right coverage in that situation. You know, 4th and 5, it's easy to sit there and say, 'Let's just see if we can get the first down', but if the team wants to blitz you, heck, let's try to score. So we did. We caught the blitz, we put it up and told (WR) Andre (Johnson) and (WR) Kevin (Walter), if we put it up, make sure you're fighting back to the ball so if we don't make the catch, we get the call. Thought Kevin did his job and I thought there should have been a call, but I could be wrong. I have to go look at it."

On how to win next week against Baltimore and make a push for the playoffs: "Well, I mean, you're right, we turn around and play another great team here in 10 days, a Monday Night game. You know, I don't know what's going to happen in our division. We're all playing each other here down the stretch. I'm concerned about our sixth win, that's what I'm concerned about right now. We had ourselves in a very good position to get it done tonight and we didn't, so we got to get this fixed and out of the way before we start thinking about the next one."

On any other health issues: "Oh (WR) Andre (Johnson). And there was one more, but I'll be honest with you, I kinda of forgot between here and there, so I'm sorry."

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