“I knew Kevin Walter was a physical receiver and I had to be physical with him,” he said. “We were both pushing and shoving. When I saw the flag, I thought it might be on him. But most of the time [the receiver] is going to get [the benefit of] that call.
“I take full responsibility. I knew I just cost us some points and unfortunately we weren’t able to recover from that.”
The Falcons’ secondary is a significant concern. Brent Grimes, who has been the team’s best cornerback, is expected to miss one or two more games after having knee surgery last week. With Kelvin Hayden also out, Dominique Franks has been pressed into duty as the starting left cornerback in Grimes’ spot, and the often maligned Chris Owens enters in nickel situations.
Yates, the former Pope High School player making his first NFL starts, was effective Sunday in play-action situations. He completed 12 of 25 for 188 yards and a touchdown. He also didn’t throw an interception – at least none that counted. Wide receiver Andre Johnson had four catches cover 90 yards – including a 50-yarder that set up a touchdown – before leaving with a pulled hamstring.
“They found the soft spots in our zone,” Robinson said.
As for Robinson, his first game against the Texans wasn’t what he had hoped for.
“Definitely not,” he said. “We all were hoping to do better. We came into this game fully expecting to win. But they just made more plays.”