Kyle Allen: “Got to make it happen on offense”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lynne Sladky/AP/Shutterstock (13642884hh) Houston Texans quarterback Kyle Allen (3) runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Miami Gardens, Fla Texans Dolphins Football, Miami Gardens, United States – 27 Nov 2022

Kyle Allen: “Got to make it happen on offense”

The Houston Texans’ quarterback has put last week behind him and is ready to take on the challenge of the Cleveland Browns’ defense.

Allen knows he is a better quarterback than what he showed last week and expects to play better:

“I think I said it after the game; it’s just execution and staying within the plan. Limit the big mistakes. We said it after the game, but the interception early really put us out of range. Can’t put the team in that position. A lot of things to learn from, but on to the next.”

He also expects the run game will perform better as well:

“I think we’ve done a good job with the run game most of the year. When you’re down 17-0 early in the game, it’s tough to run the ball. You’ve got to start throwing it around to get back into the game. As always, we have a commitment to the run, and everybody in our running back room can do well. Obviously, DP (Dameon Pierce) has gotten most of the carries this year and done well with it, but you see Dare (Ogunbowale) go in, you see Rex (Burkhead) go in. We just acquired Eno (Benjamin) from the Cardinals, he’s looked good so far. I think everyone in that room has the ability to make it happen.”

Allen stated his goals for the offense are simple:

“Execute, score points. Got to make it happen on offense. Throughout the season, early in games, it’s been tough for the offense, so we’ve got to find a way to execute early, find a way to get on the board, let our defense play with a lead. We put our defense in tough situations all year, so I think for us it’s literally as simple as execution and just trying to find a way to win games.”

The Texans’ quarterback does not believe rust had anything to do with his performance last week:

“I don’t know if it was rust. There were a couple bad decisions, three-and-outs twice early, and we were down 10-0. The pick put them at the 2-yard-line, and they scored. Then it’s 17-0. We’re just climbing back. I don’t think it’s a rust thing. I think it’s just an overall theme of the offense. We’ve got to execute early in games to put us in a good position.”

However, he did accept that playing last week and getting that time helped him for this week:

“For sure. I think any experience on the field, especially the first time in a new system, I was in the same system my whole career, getting that real-life bullets experience in the new system with these guys who I haven’t practice with, I think it’s going to help a lot.”

Allen said practice does not change with him being the starter:

“I’m just getting more reps. I think the practice is the same. I prepped like I was going to play last week. For me, I just think I’ll get a little bit more reps. Also, last week we took Thursday off for Thanksgiving. This week, we’ll have another practice on Thursday, which will be really helpful.”

Allen also stood up for his offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who has taken a lot of criticism:

“I think Pep (Hamilton) has been great in the quarterback room. Pep has been trying to put us in the best positions. The one thing I love about Pep is we’re in it together. You get some coaches sometime where it’s a coach, coaching by himself on some players. When we’re out there Sunday, we’re in it together. We’re working through things. It’s been a tough year for us on offense, but when you look at football, it’s easy to point fingers at the quarterback, or it’s easy to point fingers at the coaches or coordinators. At the end of the day, there’s 11 guys out there. It’s a team game, and those guys have to make it happen. I think Pep (Hamilton) has been good for us this year.”

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