Ben Tate busts out of Kubiak’s doghouse

AP

After a broken ankle wiped out his rookie season before it began and with a lingering hamstring problem keeping him off the field — to the dismay of coach Gary Kubiak — Texans running back Ben Tate finally has delivered.

Tate churned up 95 yards against the Saints, on only nine carries.  Tate also scored a touchdown.

“Well, I was really surprised that he played as well as he did because he hasn’t practiced that much,” owner Bob McNair said in quotes distributed by the team.  “You can tell his conditioning isn’t what it will be and he has more speed than you saw tonight so I think that’s pretty exciting.”

Added Kubiak:  “I guess practice is overrated.”

“I was just excited to be honest,” Tate said of his performance.  “It’s been over a year since I have been out there on the field so I wasn’t really thinking about anything.  I was just excited and was just thinking ‘keep going, keep going’, I didn’t want to come out of the game for anything.”

Starter Arian Foster, who missed the preseason opener against the Jets with a hamstring injury of his own, contributed 47 yards on five carries — with two touchdowns.

Not to be forgotten, receiver Andre Johnson celebrated the monster contract given to Larry Fitzgerald with four catches for 100 yards.

The performances came in front of the largest preseason crowd ever at Reliant Stadium, where 70,828 fans showed up to see the home team beat the Saints, 27-14, only five nights after the game against the Jets.

27 responses to “Ben Tate busts out of Kubiak’s doghouse

  1. I know it’s only preseason, but it sounds like Houston’s offense could be pretty damned prolific this year….

    …again.

    Question is, what will their defense be?

  2. Texans should be real dangerous this year. Loads of talent and depth on offense. Very good QB. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Wade Phillips improve the D dramatically.

    I have Houston in my AFC Final Four this season along with the Pats, Raiders and (sadly) Chargers. And I wouldn’t rule out a trip to Indy for the Texans.

    They are definitely one to watch this year.

  3. As a Patriot fan, I don’t think I want to see Tate anytime soon.

    Kind of tells you how strong the SEC is as I didn’t find him very special at all at Auburn.

  4. What’s with the title Ben Tate was in no doghouse the guy was injured. Mike get your stories straight,you don’t have to be a Texans fan to write the truth. Coach Kubiak was just worried Tate was injury prone.

  5. AFC dark horse, these guys have the scariest offense I’ve seen in quite some time. They were good last year, with Daniels coming back and Tate providing change of pace sky is the limit. They will be much, much better with the personel changes on D combined with the wisdom of Wade.

  6. The Texans looked great, but this preseason game probably meant less than most considering the teams play again week 3 of the regular season. The Saints didn’t blitz and allowed Andre to run free across the middle of the field with no double coverage.

    As a Saints fan, it was still disconcerting watching the run defense giving huge running lanes to both Foster and Tate. That shouldn’t happen even in a vanilla scheme.

  7. I think the Texans will win their division this year. They have been close and things keep falling apart on them. They look solid.

    They play the Dolphins early this year and this is the only team the Dolphins have never beaten. I hope that streak ends this year but the Texans look impressive and Phillips should shore up the defense enough to get into the playoffs.

  8. autumnwind999 says: Aug 21, 2011 10:32 AM

    I have Houston in my AFC Final Four this season along with the Pats, Raiders and (sadly) Chargers. And I wouldn’t rule out a trip to Indy for the Texans.

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    You have two AFC West teams(Raiders and Chargers) making the “AFC Final Four” instead of anyone from the AFC North? (Steelers & Ravens)… or even the Jets as a wildcard or potential AFC East winner? Please don’t bet your house on that.

    wesleya17 says: Aug 21, 2011 10:46 AM

    What’s with the title Ben Tate was in no doghouse the guy was injured. Mike get your stories straight,you don’t have to be a Texans fan to write the truth. Coach Kubiak was just worried Tate was injury prone
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    If you read the comments, the coach and owner STILL sound like they are upset with Tate. They sound like they aren’t happy he did well because it proved them wrong. Kubiak’s comment of “I guess practice is overrated” could not be more sarcastic and spiteful. He’ll be in the doghouse, until Foster gets hurt and they need him.

  9. Where Dat Defense now Saints fans?! Claiming to g othe super bowl after you destroyed the Niners. All to find out that your head coach threw a fit that another coach didnt call him or send him a text, pathetic!

  10. “I have Houston in my AFC Final Four this season along with the Pats, Raiders and (sadly) Chargers. And I wouldn’t rule out a trip to Indy for the Texans.”

    Seriously dude? hahahaha

  11. Foster goes down with hammy!! Tate emerges!! This kid is a BEAST. Big, Strong, FAST, i know it’s once but man he LOOKED impressive!!

  12. medtxpack says: Aug 21, 2011 11:58 AM

    Where Dat Defense now Saints fans?! Claiming to g othe super bowl after you destroyed the Niners. All to find out that your head coach threw a fit that another coach didnt call him or send him a text, pathetic!

    nola4eva says:

    You seriously need to calm down..seriously…its PRESEASON!!! I wouldnt get too excited of I were you lol… I like Schaub and AJ though. Schaub was my fantasy QB and I did quite well with him. Although I am a loyal and faithful WHO DAT, its only preseason and no need for panic or celebration. Are you kidding? And for those immature fans who automatically think Super Bowl after one game, they are oblivious to what football is all about. Its a long road, and the playing of the REGULAR SEASON GAMES is what will determine which team gets there. WHO DAT ALL DAMN DAY!!

  13. Paper tigers. The Colts will take the AFC South for the bajillionth year in a row. Write that down.

  14. nflconspiracytheoristdeluxe says:
    Aug 21, 2011 10:45 AM
    You can say what you want about the Texans offense and you’d probably be right, but it will be the defense that carries them to the promised land.
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    thats obvious. they had the best offense a couple years ago and still missed the playoffs.

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