Defense is the Key for Texans

Paul KasprzakContributor IApril 3, 2010

The Houston Texans have developed a potent offense with quarterback Matt Schaub at the helm. However, the key to the Texans making it into the playoffs for the first time ever is the defense.

The Texans last year would stay in game with the likes of the Indianapolis Colts, but eventually would lose.  The reason being the defense would collapse in the fourth quarter.

The problem with the defense is that the defensive line outside of defensive end Mario Williams it is average.

Defensive tackle Amobi Okeye was a first round pick in the 2007 National Football League Draft and needs to step it up in 2010 to avoid a bust label as he record only 1.5 sacks last year..

Fellow starting defensive tackle Shaun Cody was a dissapointment last year recording just half a sack after coming over to the Texans via free agency.

Then there is defensive end Antonio Smith who also came over in free agency prior to last year. Smith has been a dissapointment as well recording 4.5 sacks last year.

In the end, if the Texans are going to take the next step and make the playoffs they need to draft more defensive lineman.