Courtesy of the official site and their stories about the aftermath of the Texans' latest loss to the Colts here, here, and here, here's a sampling of what Gary Kubiak and his charges were saying yesterday:
“We had a great opportunity the last two weeks, (but) we won’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’re excited about the playoffs. We have to turn around real quick and get ready to go. We’ll get our chin up and go to work.”
"Disappointed," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. "We had a really good week. I thought we were ready to go... It’s disappointing.”
“We’ve been poor for about five weeks (in penalties),” Kubiak said. “We’re splintered in a lot of places. We do something good in one area and we do something poor in another.”
"Gotta do what you gotta do," Smith siad. "If not, you die. You’re not in the playoffs. Year is over. You go home and you sit and you watch. There is no tomorrow. Now, the truth hits. You’ve got to get it done. It can’t be hard. Whatever we need to do to get it going, we need to get it going.”
From Dan Wetzel's piece about the Texans losing yesterday, more Antonio Smith:
"I could feel that out on the field, a whole other intensity," Smith said of recent weeks. "We have to match what is coming at you if you're going to win. Everything is not going to go your way.
"Complacency can be a little bit of human nature," he continued. "Like you set a goal and you work so hard to achieve it, even if you have more goals to go, once you achieve it it's like you take a deep breath.
"I wouldn't say it's the end of anything or you can't get it back," Smith said. "I think clinching it early, achieving a goal that you set too low, you take a breath. You are playing with the same intensity but guess what, it gets hard."
“I’m not concerned,” running back Arian Foster said. “It’s obviously an issue, but it’s over. It’s zero-zero, so you have to approach it like that, and that’s what we are going to do.”
“You can’t dwell on that,” Texans running back Arian Foster said. “This is a new season now. It’s the playoffs. Everybody’s 0-0, so you have to have a short-term memory in this league. It’s more important now than ever.”
“Obviously, the regular season is over with and done, so it really doesn’t matter for anything now,” cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “We’d like to have home-field advantage, but at least we have a chance to continue playing.”
“I’m not concerned about what our team is going to be, because I know the type of guys that we have and the mentality of them,” Schaub said. “We just need to go back to the drawing board and get things right.”
“We’re in the same exact spot we were last year, playing at home against Cincinnati,” Texans center Chris Myers said. “That’s one thing that we have on our side is that we’re playing in our home stadium, and we’ve got to use that to our advantage… We’ve just got to be able to flip the page and go into the play offs with a fresh start."
“We made our road a little bit tougher, that’s all,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. “Doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but we made it a little tougher, and so we’re just gonna have to dig a little deeper. We’re gonna go back, look at the film, get it all corrected and move into the playoffs.
“This month decides everything. We still have everything is in front of us.”
“We didn’t win the game and now we need to go find a way to win the Super Bowl, and we are going to do that,” Watt said.