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Monday, November 15, 2010
Kubiak sees no reason for stagnant defense

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

A clearly downtrodden Gary Kubiak just finished talking to the Houston press and I was able to watch online.

The predictable gist: Things need to change.

"There is no reason for [the defense] not to be improving somewhat,” he said. “There should be some progress... It's trending the wrong way."

Brice McCain rotated some at corner with Kareem Jackson. Jason Allen, claimed off waivers last week from Miami, will get worked in this week, Kubiak said without making his anticipated role clear.

Coordinator Frank Bush will continue to call the defense, with veteran assistant Ray Rhodes sitting right beside him.

Kubiak also talked about the need to find more snaps on offense, but better defense is one main street they can travel to that.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Texans are the first team since the 1970 merger to allow 24 points in each of their first nine games of the season.

Every time we discuss or talk about the offense -- and I think it can-slash-should score 30 a week -- let’s recall that defensive nugget. It’s hard to comprehend.

It creates a culture and atmosphere where things like the correct play by Glover Quin wind up a 50-yard Hail Mary touchdown that wins the game for the other guys.

“You can’t lose a game in that situation,” Kubiak said. “But we did.”