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Gary Kubiak Speaks About Loss To Panthers, Andre Johnson, T.J. Yates, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

With your Houston Texans scheduled to face the Colts on Thursday night, it's a quick turnaround for the good guys. The condensed timeframe means there's no time to wallow in yesterday's disappointing defeat to the Panthers. It also means that the Texans practiced today instead of having their usual day off. Kubes spoke to the media after his charges practiced tonight; a few of the more interesting snippets from that exchange await your perusal after the jump.

(on having a quick turnaround this week) "I tell you what, I think it’s kind of good. We need to get back on the field and play a lot better than we did last week. It’s a tough turnaround physically, but mentally, it’s probably the best thing we can do is go play another game here real quick."
(on how WR Andre Johnson looks) "He’s doing fine. He worked with (Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan) Kap today. We didn’t do any field work, so tomorrow we will be on the field. He will work on the field. Whether or not he works with the team, I don’t know."
(on if the team lost any edge after clinching the division two weeks ago) "Something happened, because we didn’t have our concentration and weren’t as sharp as we had been throughout the course of that run and the way we were playing, even though we did show some signs of exactly what we did in Cincinnati. I don’t know. We’ve just got to get our energy back, keep going and got to figure out how well we can be playing here in a couple weeks and we know last week wasn’t good enough. We’re focused. We had a good meeting on our problems today and the way we played the other day, we let them go and move on."
(on what he saw from QB T.J. Yates’ performance against the Panthers) "Well, I continue to see good things, so that’s very encouraging, but there were too many mistakes in the game the other day. He knows that, but what you’re seeing is a guy who can make all the plays an NFL quarterback needs to make. Now, the consistency of making them and doing it on a week in, week out basis, that’s the key. But he’s very open for criticism, if you want to use that word, and getting better, and he handles things very well. I expect him to bounce back."

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