Conference Call: Texans RB Steve Slaton


(on teams that focus on stopping you)

As a whole, the focus just can't be on me. As a team, we have too many weapons to worry about.

(on the performance against the Jets)

I think what happened is we just got beat offensively and defensively and in all three phases of the game.

(on the slow start of the running game)

I don't think we were on the right track last Sunday. It is something that we have to work on. It's something that we're going to work on all week is just getting on the right track and getting our reads right and getting the calls down.

(on what stands out about the Titans defense)

They're clear-cut. They run the same thing. They're a tough defense. They've got guys that can win matchups on both sides of the ball with (Kyle) Vanden Bosch and (Jevon) Kearse.

(on if the Titans defense is as tough without Albert Haynesworth)

I think so. It's a step back when you lose a guy like that but they still have young guys that have filled in their role. They switch in-and-out with eight guys in at defensive line, so there's really not a fallout for who's in there.

(on having two 100-yard rushing games last season against the Titans and possibly having another 100-yard performance)

I hope so. That's what we're going to work on. Nothing is given. We've got to go out there and work on our game plan.

(on if it was fair for people to question the Texans' toughness)

It's one game. I mean, it's not the end of the season. We've still got 15 left. We can't just base it on just one game. Hopefully that's not the way our season goes and hopefully we can step it up.

(on one of the Jets players saying the Texans were a finesse team)

Is there a bit of finesse? I don't think there's finesse. I think it's hard work what we do. We've got good receivers, good tight ends and pretty good running backs.

(on if the Texans are considered a power team)


I think we're working there. That's one of our goals to get there. Right now, showing what we did last week, we still have a lot of work to do.

(on his impressions of Chris Johnson)

He's a great running back. I think I came in with a good class. He has all the speed in the world and he makes plays and makes something happen when there's nothing there.

(on Chris Johnson saying he didn't win the rookie rushing title because he didn't play in the final regular season game)

Everything happens for a reason.

(on how much pride you take in winning the rookie rushing title)

I think it's a big thing. For me, myself, being drafted in the third round and not given, not to say the spotlight but the potential, or even everybody thinking I could do it. I put a lot of work in to get into this position, and all of the hard work paid off.

(on if he would trade the rookie rushing title for a playoff appearance)


(on Chris Brown being a compliment to him)

He's a big compliment. He's a big guy and we'll use him for third-and-short, but he can go in there whenever I'm tired and switch the pace up on everybody.

(on if Chris Brown has given any hints on his former team)


Everything is all on tape. I mean, they play tough. They're definitely a team that flies to the ball and likes to get the big hits.

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