The Houston Texans finally delivered a lustrous performance against the Cincinnati Bengals to enter the playoffs on a high note. Speaking to media in an interview, head coach Gary Kubiak stated that he was proud of the showdown his men put up after the Bengals took an early lead in the game. Praising the offensive line, Kubiak said that his men produced superb offensive plays especially in the second half.
However, it was the sensational performance from Texans’ defensive line that ensured a victory. Kubiak extolled his defensive player for showing perseverance and diligence throughout the match. Kubiak further stated that he had full belief in his men and their capability to reach deep into the competition. Kubiak said that he was particularly impressed by the sacks on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his men’s defensive effort.
“They came out throwing the ball,” Kubiak said on the Bengals early lead. Kubiak also had words of praise for Dalton, who performed well in spite of being sacked a couple of times. “He’s a hell of a player and I’m very impressed with him. I think he’s going to be a tremendous player in this league for a long time. We just kind of kept plugging, we got him in some third and longs. We were relentless. I thought (DE) Antonio (Smith) played exceptional. I thought he kind of cleared the way for some other guys to get to the quarterback. I don’t want to be redundant, but like I said, we kind of got back to what we were doing during that seven week stretch: we played great defense, we found a way to run the ball, we never hurt ourselves as a team. That was the key.”
Kubiak acknowledged that defense would be the key to successful performances in the playoffs. Kubiak informed that Texans had been working hard to improve the team defensively; therefore he was happy to see his men perform on the field. Kubiak accepted the turnovers were the key to comebacks.
“What did we get three? Am I right?” Kubiak commented on the turnovers. “It’s so important. Its one thing to get to this point in the NFL season, and the one thing you don’t want to do is beat yourself. We have beaten ourselves the last few weeks and today we didn’t and today we didn’t, so that was the difference. Even though they jumped on us 7-0, when the day was said and done we never really hurt ourselves as a team. That was big. That was huge.”