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Old 08-23-2010   #1
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I don't know that I've seen this article posted (if so, please merge), but it's worth reading in total. It makes Winston's remarks about (paraphrase) "I'm sure we'll go back and review tapes, and find some good things we did" pretty sad.

Kubiak wants immediate improvement
Defense's inability to stop Saints on downs perturbs Texans coach

By JOHN McCLAIN
Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
Aug. 23, 2010, 12:15AM

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If the Texans' objective in New Orleans was to make the Dallas Cowboys overconfident, it was a job well done.

There's no way the Cowboys can watch tape of the Saints' 38-20 victory and take the Texans seriously entering Saturday's nationally televised game at Reliant Stadium.

A second consecutive wretched performance against the Saints has left a lot of Texans fans on the ledge because they believe it's a harbinger of what's in store when the regular season arrives.

Even though it's still preseason, the third exhibition is the most important. Coaches treat it like the regular season before resting most of their starters in the last preseason game.

A victory over the Cowboys would reverse the despair of being a Texans fan this week.

"I better not have to appeal to them on anything," coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday. "If they watch this film and feel good about what we were doing, then something's wrong.

"We're going to spend a lot of time (Monday) in this (meeting) room and talk about some issues that we have — talk about preparing to play games, talk about doing the little things to win.

"We've got the right guys, and they'll come back and play better this week."

The Texans couldn't play worse on defense. Not only did they allow 409 yards, including 198 rushing, they let New Orleans convert 50 percent of its third-down plays and 100 percent of its fourth-down attempts. The Saints controlled the ball for 40 minutes.

The Saints are the Super Bowl champions. The Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders coming off a victory at San Diego.

"We're going to play an excellent team, and our (starters) are going to play at least three quarters," Kubiak said. "Most everybody in the league approaches the first three quarters of this game like it's regular season. We'll see where we're at. We need to respond. We need to play a lot better."

Kubiak mentioned a few defensive players - second-year free safety Troy Nolan, rookie cornerback Kareem Jackson and rookie defensive tackle Earl Mitchell - in a positive light.

Nolan had five unassisted tackles and a sack on a blitz. Mitchell was part of the inside rotation and had two tackles.

Unlike some of his players who pointed out that as bad as the New Orleans performance was, it was still just a preseason game, Kubiak doesn't make excuses.

"I never look at it that way," Kubiak said. "It wasn't good. We got pushed around. Some of the things that went on in that game, it wasn't good. Our attention to detail, our effort at times -it's not near what it needs to be for us to get ready to play Indianapolis (in the regular-season opener). Obviously, we've got some things to fix and some issues to attend to, and we'll do that."

The turnaround better start with the defense.

"We have to stop the run," Kubiak said. "That was the biggest regression.

"And we couldn't get off the field (on third down). I don't think we tackled very well in space. It was just too easy for them to stay on the field. I don't think we were doing anything wrong scheme-wise. I just don't think we executed what we were supposed to be doing very well."
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I just want to see the "it's only preseason" line used because we killed some team 50-0.
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Gary is upset the team was killed by Drew Brees and some third string QB neither one of which is as good as Manning. Who would have thought?
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Gary is upset the team was killed by Drew Brees and some third string QB neither one of which is as good as Manning. Who would have thought?
Brees had a terrible game. 5 of 10 for 36 yards and a QB rating of 58.8...
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Brees had a terrible game. 5 of 10 for 36 yards and a QB rating of 58.8...
yeah, but I think all 5 completions were on third downs.
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Brees had a terrible game. 5 of 10 for 36 yards and a QB rating of 58.8...
he played far better than the stats showed. He also barely threw the ball too, considering they were running down our throats. And one of those passes was a clutch 3rd conversion near the end zone, while he was falling down. It was a pretty awesome play.

That of course led to him hurrying up the line and getting an easy rushing "David Carr" type TD.
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Default Re: Kubiak wants immediate improvement

After Saturday nights fiasco,if Kubes didn't want the title of this thread he should be fired immediately.

More lip srevice,the proof will be in the substance not just in Kubes words.
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Default Re: Kubiak wants immediate improvement

But wait a minute... I didnt think anything was wrong? Why is Kubiak so upset? Its just pre-season.
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Sorry y'all, but this is just another typical Kubiak team. I wish I felt differently about the matter, but I've lost confidence in our head coach. I hope I am proven wrong many times over this season, but last Saturday did not surprise me at all. Kubiak has been and remains a milquetoast head coach in my mind.
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Default Re: Kubiak wants immediate improvement

The Saints ran the ball a lot more and Drew played better than it looked like he did no stats tell the whole story.
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Lose the wet paper bag run defense is all that I hope for this week.
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he played far better than the stats showed. He also barely threw the ball too, considering they were running down our throats. And one of those passes was a clutch 3rd conversion near the end zone, while he was falling down. It was a pretty awesome play.

That of course led to him hurrying up the line and getting an easy rushing "David Carr" type TD.
Understood. That said, the Texans were fairly lucky that they caught Brees not playing at his normal standard. That was my point to Gary.
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I'm sure the defense and offense will improve once the season is underway and it's too late to make the playoffs...
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I'm sure the defense and offense will improve once the season is underway and it's too late to make the playoffs...
Ahh geez!! Don't get that started again!
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We don't need to be talking about Drew Brees. Chase freakin Daniel was beating our 1st string Defense.
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We don't need to be talking about Drew Brees. Chase freakin Daniel was beating our 1st string Defense.
YUP!! Chase ate our freakin' lunch: 15-21 for 182 yards and 3 TD's (against one pick)...
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It's funny when you destroy someone in pre-season you can't feel good about it because it's preseason but when you get destroyed (like we did against the Saints) it's time to panic.

Oh, how I loathe you, preseason. And I kind of like you some too.
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Default Re: Kubiak wants immediate improvement

The Saints just did very well with both QB's in the game as a team.
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We don't need to be talking about Drew Brees. Chase freakin Daniel was beating our 1st string Defense.
The way he looked I hope he gets cut and we pick him up to be our 2nd string QB. He probably doesn't get cut though. He looked better than Patrick Ramsey, the Saints current 2nd string QB.
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