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


Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph, acquired from the Chicago Bears, listens to questions during a news conference on Friday, July 29, 2011, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Thomas B. Shea)


This morning I passed along a report from 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.” 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.