HOUSTON - During his Monday press conference Texans coach Bill O'Brien was interrupted by a phone call.
"That's my wife," he said. "She just got back. She's been on vacation. Kids start school tomorrow. Keep everything in perspective guys. Keep everything in perspective."
After watching his quarterback throw two interceptions in Saturday's loss against Arizona, O'Brien is taking his own advice.
When asked if quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was still penciled in as the starter, O'Brien responded with a resounding yes.
Fitzpatrick continued to shoulder the blame Monday when asked to describe the team's performance in their preseason opener.
"It was, again, a disappointing performance," he said. "I thought we ran the ball well and did some good things up front, but a lot of things, the pass game starts with me."
Fitzpatrick is keeping a positive attitude going into Saturday's preseason home opener against Atlanta.
"The good thing about it is it was the first preseason game," he said. "So we'll sit there and learn from it, but we've already moved on, moved forward. We made some corrections in our walkthroughs, and we're looking forward to the next one now."
Meanwhile, All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson's status is looking better for Saturday's game.
Johnson missed the Arizona's game but hopes to play against the Falcons.
"I'm just taking it day-by-day," Johnson said. "I'm feeling better, so we'll see what happens."
When asked about Saturday's loss, Johnson steered clear of placing any criticism on his quarterback.
"You'd like to see everybody go out and play a perfect game but that's not going to happen," he said. "There's going to be time where you struggle and things like that and we just didn't have a good showing as a team Saturday night. Only thing we can do is bounce back from it."
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