"Every guy has to be held accountable. Until that happens, we’re going to be in this same situation." - Dunta Robinson
Give the Texans credit. They aren't finger pointing. They aren't making excuses. They aren't hiding from the fact that they are 3-6. They do believe they should be better than that and they are frustrated with the 3-6 record, but they refuse to blame play callling, the offense, the defense or anything else. They understand that it is a team effort that has them at 3-6 and it will take a team effort to get them better than 3-6.
“When things are going bad, the first thing everyone is always going to talk about is the head coach. When things are going bad, there’s going to be a lot of finger pointing and people are going to be saying things. But when you’re winning, it’s the opposite. You’re the best in the world. So, we just have to deal with this adversity that we’re facing right now," says Andre Johnson. Andre has an idea of what can cure this team real quick. “Going to win the game in Indy. That’s the only thing you can do. There’s nothing you can do about what happened yesterday. All you can do is go and try to win the game next week. We go and win the game Sunday, then it’s a different feeling.”
No one has forgotten the way the last meeting between the Colts and Texans ended. Especially Sage Rosenfels. “I think that we all have confidence that we know that we can play right with this team. It’s not like the last time we played, they blew us out. So, we know that they’re going to be ready. They’re not going to take us lightly like they may have two or three years ago. They know that we can play right with them, and we’ve got to bring our A game if we’re going to have a chance to beat them.” Rosenfels has a chance to avenge not only last week's performance but finally get over what happened at the end of the game against the Colts. “It took a little longer just because I wasn’t playing the next week. If I was starting the next week, I think I would have done my best to put it out of my mind within the 24-hour rule. But I’m sure it lasted a few days longer last week, but I’m playing this week so the Baltimore Ravens are no longer on my mind. It’s on the Indianapolis Colts.” Sage said that, as a team, no one is pointing fingers at Kubiak. “Yeah, the head coach usually gets the fingers pointed at him and the quarterback usually gets the fingers pointed at him as well for the blame for the offense. That’s the way it goes. I’m sure in charge of the offense and he’s in charge of the team. That’s the way it is. The president’s in charge of everything—the economy, the welfare system and everything. So, when things aren’t working very well, things are struggling, tops guys always get the blame. As players in here, we’re not pointing fingers. We know how well we can be, and we’ve just got to keep grinding it out and one of these weeks, we’re going to get a big win.”
Kubiak isn't the only Texan coach under fire as defensive coordinator Richard Smith has come under criticism as well. But DeMeco Ryans says it is on the players to perform. "We don’t look at it. We look at it as players and we feel like we all have to step up and play better. We don’t play for the coaches. We play for each other when we step out there on the field and that’s what I tell the guys that it’s about. It’s about us sticking it up and sticking it out there on the line for each other. That’s what it’s about. If we play with that type of attitude, then that’s when we’ll be a lot better.” Ryans says the coaches haven't lost the team. “Oh yeah. We still believe in Kubiak and the coaching staff. There’s no doubt about that. We believe that we can get it done under Kubiak. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can. I know we can.” Ryans also said that the last game against the Colts should not make the Texans overconfident. “I think we can lean on that a lot, but I think the Colts, they are playing a lot better now. I think they kind of have things going in the right direction. It’s always tough going to Indy, playing in Indy. But with the job we did in that first game and the way we had them as a defense, I think we had a bead on what they were doing. We were honed up on it, and I don’t think they’re going to change much. So, I think we still kind of can have the edge on them by that first game we played. We can look at that tape and capitalize on the things that we did good in that game and do them better. I think we have a good shot.”
Eric Winston is another Texan who has faith in Kubiak. “Absolutely. I think the locker room stuff usually ends up on the player’s shoulders, but I don’t think anybody’s questioning him in here or anybody’s worried about him.” Winston believes he knows why the team has such a relationship with Kubiak. “I think the guys that have been here that came in when he came in, I think we all know what we all inherited. When I got drafted here and when he came on and starting this process, to me, we’ve made a lot of progress. Sometimes these growing pains are painful, to say the least. That’s not good enough right now. That’s not fast enough, but there has been progress and to say there hasn’t been, I don’t think you’re kind of watching the same team.”
For his part, Kubiak is not worrying about criticism. “What I’m worried today is on our football. In our meetings today strictly on the football we played yesterday, the things we did poorly, the things we’re going to have to do a lot better to have a chance to be successful against Indianapolis. That’s my focus today.” They key to turning this around? "We’re going to have to keep being aggressive as a football team and find a way to battle through the way we handle some crucial situations.”
(quotes creditted to houstontexans.com)