Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 12/23/11

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 19: Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans during play against the Detroit Lions at Reliant Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that T.J. Yates will continue as the team's starting quarterback, although the coach acknowledged that there is plenty of work to do on the offensive side of the ball if his team is to be playoff-ready. And Kubiak also expressed concern that, in back to back weeks, the defense has struggled in the fourth quarter. "That's two weeks in a row that we played really good football for three quarters," said Kubiak. "In the fourth quarter there's been four drives over 75 yards. That's a little disturbing because we've been pretty consistent in what we're doing. The fourth quarter in general over the past two weeks has been a little disturbing." In Week 15 against the Panthers the Texans' defense allowed Carolina to hold the ball for more than 11 minutes in the fourth period alone. Against the Colts Thursday night, the Colts had possession for nearly 8 minutes in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning drive. But the bigger concern is the offense and the recent inability to score touchdowns. The offense has scored just four touchdowns in the past three games yet Kubiak said that Yates will continue as the starter at quarterback: "Oh, yeah, yeah. He's doing a lot of good things." Asked how much the expected return of receiver Andre Johnson would boost the offensive production, Kubiak sounded as if the issues are too deep for that to be a quick panacea. "We've gotta find some points," said Kubiak. "We're kicking too many field goals; we have not played well in the red zone; on third downs we haven't controlled the clock in the game. Until we get Andre back on the field we have to get the guys that are out there to do it. He'd be a nice addition to get back but even with that being said we have to improve with the group we have now. It's not good enough." Kubiak was unsure about Johnson's status for the final regular season game against the Titans Sunday at Reliant Stadium. With regard to the Texans' 11 penalties for 84 yards against the Colts, Kubiak made it clear he did not agree with several calls but he stopped short of criticizing the officials. "Obviously I don't agree with all of them (the 11 penalties)," Kubiak said. "But our job is to keep playing, play through mistakes and play through issues. We had our chances to do that and we didn't do it. We'll turn them into the league. A few of those we just don't understand why they were roughing calls. I'll wait to hear back from the league and I'll make sure to address it as a group and players take responsibility for it and the coaches and move forward."
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