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Houston (CBS Houston)– It’s looking bleak at Reliant Stadium as the Houston Texans (2-7) are dealing with the most challenging season of their franchise existence.

“We’ve got a very strong locker room,” Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said on Monday. “I think we have very good leadership in that direction. I don’t have any doubt that we will. I really don’t. From last week, how they responded as far as preparation for the game, the will to prepare is just as important as the will to win. And I think they’re going to keep that will to prepare. That’s what’s going to be important.”

The young Texans quarterback had an impressive first half until the number one Arizona defense made adjustments to make Case Keenum’s second half difficult as the Texans only made 41 yards in their 27-24 loss to the Cardinals.

“He’s still a young quarterback as far as some of those things,” Phillips said. “Obviously some blitz things, he needs to react quicker, but that’s part of playing. This is from talking to Rick (Dennison) and the offensive people. What I’m trying to relay to you is that he makes plays off-schedule that really nobody makes and we haven’t seen. He does make plays there.”

Houston is spiraling out of control as last year the franchise started their season 11-1 and now they have a franchise-record seventh consecutive loss.

“One thing is certainly is persevere what’s going on with us previously. You get in these situations, you have to have a very tough mindset to keep going, keep trying, and keep doing the right things,” Phillips said. “I believe this team will. I think Gary (Kubiak) will lead them in that direction certainly. The only way you change it is just keep going, not what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it. It’s about attitude. If you keep a positive, great attitude, you’ve got a better chance and that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

Gary Kubiak returned to Reliant on a limited basis Monday and is said to be on the sideline against the Oakland Raiders after suffering his mini-stroke on Nov. 2.

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