|Gary Kubiak isn’t using a newspaper column as motivation||01.09.13 at 5:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Texans head coach Gary Kubiak isn’t about to fall into the trap of using a newspaper column as bulletin board material to fire up his team – at least not publicly anyway.
The Texans head coach was asked Wednesday during a conference call with the New England media what he thought of Arian Foster using Dan Shaughnessy’s column in the Boston Globe as motivation for his team this Sunday in the AFC divisional showdown at Gillette Stadium.
“I guess I really don’t know what you’re talking about so it’s hard for me to comment,” Kubiak responded. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Reminded that Foster changed his avatar on Twitter to a few paragraphs from a column that says that this will be a rollover game for the Patriots.
“I don’t get into that kind of stuff,” he added. “We’re just getting ready to go play football.”
Kubiak admitted Wednesday that getting ready to play football this time means not assuming things will get better just because his team was horrible on Dec. 10.
“You’re making a huge mistake if you start saying, ‘If we would have done this, if we would have done that, we would have been fine.’ We weren’t fine, we got our tails kicked. They were very, very explosive,” Kubiak said. “When you look at what they’ve done to some teams in their building this year, they’re sitting there, they got us down 28-7 in the third, they had Denver down 31-7 late in the third, they had Indy down, golly I think it was 49-17, you know what I mean. They’ve really gotten after some teams. Games can get away from you there if you miss opportunities or make mistakes. We’re going to have to come in there and play a 60-minute football game. We’re going to have to step to the plate and make some plays.
“My approach, when you play Bill [Belichick], his football team is such a great organization and well coached team, I don’t think you ever know exactly what you’re going to get. They’re a veteran football team that is able to get a lot done from week to week and game plan wise. You could get a lot of things obviously that you’re not going to practice or haven’t seen on film so I think it’s about what we do and being good at what we do and staying focused on that and getting your players prepared from that standpoint. I don’t think you look at one film and say, ‘OK, this is what we’re going to do.’ I think you have to do what you think you do best and go out there and perform.”
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