Joseph: Gap between Texans, Pats not that big

Joseph: Gap between Texans, Pats not that big
January 15, 2013, 9:00 am
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Texans clean out lockers on first day of offseason

The Texans faced the Patriots twice this season with similar results. They lost 42-14 in Week 14 and lost 41-28 in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

They were outscored 83-42 and it wasn’t that close.

“Obviously we had the right guys in here to win 13 ballgames to get up to that point,” Johnathan Joseph said on Monday, the day the Texans cleaned out their lockers. “For whatever reason, we didn’t advance. I still can’t put that over because I think we were a better team. I think we just didn’t make the plays at the right time.”

UPDATE: According to the Texans' PR staff, Joseph was not comparing the Texans to the Patriots in the previous quote, but was rather making a statement about his own team's level of play.

Joseph, heading to his second Pro Bowl in as many years, is a part of a secondary that Tom Brady called one of the best units in the league. Then, of course, Brady torched that same unit for the second time this season. In two games against the Texans, Brady passed for 640 yards and seven touchdowns with zero interceptions.

“Not at all,” Joseph said when asked if the gap between the Texans and Patriots isn’t that big. “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.”

Joseph, one of eight Pro Bowlers from the Texans, said it’s “extremely” important for the team to re-sign safety Glover Quin during the offseason. Joseph thinks the Texans’ secondary can be a special unit if they’re allowed to stay together.

“It’s a great season. It’s a great run,” he said. “Anytime you don’t win the big game, which is the Super Bowl, it’s a disappointment.”