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Texans: Johnathan Joseph didn’t claim to be better than Patriots

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This morning I passed along a report from CSNHouston.com that quoted Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph as saying that the Texans are a better team than the Patriots, despite the Patriots beating the Texans twice. But the Texans say Joseph didn’t say that.

The Texans say that what Joseph was actually saying when he said “we were a better team” is that the 2012 Texans were a better team than the 2011 Texans. Joseph was not saying that the Texans are a better team than the Patriots.

According to the transcript posted by the Texans’ PR staff, Joseph was asked what needs to change next year for the team to improve and he answered, “To be honest, I don’t really know because obviously we had the right guys in here to win 13 ball games to get us up to that point. Whatever reason we didn’t advance, I still can’t put that over because I think we were a better team, we just didn’t make the plays that needed to be made at the right time.”

CSNHouston.com has now changed its story, which was initially headlined, “Joseph: Texans still better than Patriots,” to carry a headline that says, “Joseph: Gap between Texans, Pats not that big.”

Joseph did say that he thinks the difference in any game is just “four or five” plays, and on that score, he seems to be downplaying the gap between the Patriots and the Texans. The reality is that the Patriots and Texans played two games against each other, and neither game was close. We could quibble about how far apart these two teams are, but no one can credibly claim the Texans are better than the Patriots.

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17 Responses to “Texans: Johnathan Joseph didn’t claim to be better than Patriots”
  1. ccjcsr says: Jan 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    Damage control!

  2. coughlinsredcheeks says: Jan 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    The Texans PR staff is backpedaling better than their corners did in the Divisional game

  3. huskersrock1 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    Using Joseph’s logic Texas was lucky to win 13 games this year. If you turned around 4 or 5 plays in the 13 games the Texans wouldn’t they would be 0-16? So you could say Kansas City is better than Texas!

    I never realized the Texans were so close to the 2008 Detriot Lions.

  4. tbd3 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    It could legitimately be interpreted either way.

  5. pastabelly says: Jan 16, 2013 2:52 PM

    coughlinsredcheeks says:
    Jan 16, 2013 2:43 PM
    The Texans PR staff is backpedaling better than their corners did in the Divisional game
    =================================
    Certainly better than the Denver free safety.

  6. jwil007 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:41 PM

    Hopefully he didn’t say that….Well he should focus on making sure he is healthy (hasn’t played 16 games in 100 years) and also make sure the Texans keep the Gatorade coming….Google John Joseph and Gatorade in Cincy….. LOL

  7. wikidpissah says: Jan 16, 2013 3:51 PM

    Assuming the transcript is accurate, this was a media created firestorm.

  8. stigman2012 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:54 PM

    It’s interesting that, in support on their position, the Texans posted a transcript of the statement. Assuming the posted statement above is what was actually said, it’s a non-issue.

    Joseph was clearly saying he thought the Texans were A BETTER team than they proved to be. Fine. I got no problems with that. He did not say the Texans were a better team than the Patriots.

    Ergo, thank you media for starting a needless frenzy on a slow news day. And the media wonders why the public distrusts them.

  9. nesuperfan says: Jan 16, 2013 4:28 PM

    From the earlier PFT report today (linked above):

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    Asked if the combined 83-42 score of the two Patriots-Texans game indicates that the Patriots are significantly better than the Texans, Joseph said he doesn’t view it that way.

    “Not at all,” Joseph said. “Just four or five plays. You take a few of those plays that they made and go the other way, it’s a different ballgame.”
    **********************************************
    This still paints the original and bad picture, that he believes the Texas are better than the Pats.

    Explain that one away.

  10. nepo784 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:38 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation

  11. htown1035 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    “We could quibble about how far apart these two teams are, but no one can credibly claim the Texans are better than the Patriots.”

    I don’t think a single soul has, despite your claims.

  12. htown1035 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:40 PM

    coughlinsredcheeks says: Jan 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    The Texans PR staff is backpedaling better than their corners did in the Divisional game
    ————-

    Backpedaling? Don’t you mean “Getting the quote right the first time”?

  13. htown1035 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:42 PM

    nesuperfan says: Jan 16, 2013 4:28 PM

    From the earlier PFT report today (linked above):

    This still paints the original and bad picture, that he believes the Texas are better than the Pats.

    Explain that one away.

    ———————

    Please show where he says they’re a “better team”?

    Man, Pats fans are paranoid of everything…

  14. texansdude says: Jan 16, 2013 4:58 PM

    Why does anyone think the Texans are doing damage control? Damage from what? The season is over! On second read, this makes a lot more sense coming from a guy that doesn’t talk crazy.

  15. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 16, 2013 5:42 PM

    Who cares, we’re focused on winning the AFC Championship game this Sunday; last Sunday is off the radar. Good season, Texans; see you next year.

  16. 1oldpro says: Jan 16, 2013 6:24 PM

    Texans: leave the Pats out of your conversations and leave the letter jackets at home. Get a better QB and rewrite your playbook. Get a bigger NT, another good ILB and a better ST coordinator. Draft a FAST WR and use him by throwing passes to him, not taking two years asking him to learn how to block.
    Or just be a wild card team. Your choice.

  17. west4567 says: Jan 22, 2013 5:29 PM

    There was an article in the Houston paper (Chron) the next day, citing the five plays. I think that’s where this “4-or-5 plays” thing came from. Here are the plays:
    1) Ridley’s fumble deep in Texans territory, that slipped away from Houston corner Kareem Jackson.
    2) Shaub’s 2nd quarter interception, after driving to the Patriot 21.
    3) Houston safety Manning drawing a PI penalty on Patriots 3-and-10, on a ball that was uncatchable.
    4) Texans blown coverage, which Brady read, on a 63-yd TD pass to Sallworth
    5) Patriots at the Texans 27, Watt forces a fumble after a short completion, but it bounces to the Patriot’s Lloyd in the end zone for a TD.

    You might argue that these examples are actually not exceptions, but instead are the proof that the Patriots are the better team. I’d agree.

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