NFL Draft 2011: Houston Texans In Dire Need of Defensive Help
Houston Texans Trying To Fill Holes Under New Coordinator
Good luck, Wade Phillips.
You were fired by Jerry Jones. Now, your job is to reconstruct one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL. I suppose moving to a 3-4 would be the best logical start, considering even the slightest change would help, particularly in regards to the pass defense.
Houston allowed a league-worst 267 yards per game and 33 passing touchdowns a season ago, so yeah, there’s work to be done.
But, believe it or not, the project may not begin with the defensive line or secondary, but the linebacking corps, at least according to the Sporting News’ John McClain.
McClain contends that the switch to the 3-4 necessitates the Texans score a playmaker at linebacker, preferably Von Miller from Texas A&M. Of course, since he tested off the charts, Miller’s stock has soared, meaning Phillips will likely have to look elsewhere for his prized linebacker.
“They [the Texans] need a player opposite him [starting outside linebacker Connor Barwin] who can apply consistent pressure,” McClain writes. “Texas A and M’s Von Miller would be ideal, but the Texans would have to sacrifice too much to trade up to get him.
“North Carolina’s Robert Quinn and Missouri’s Aldon Smith are other first-round candidates.”
I can’t speak much for Quinn, only to say that he may be a bit more seasoned at this stage than Smith, whom I watched extensively the past two years. That said, Smith, who only began playing organized football less than five years ago, may have the bigger upside.
Either way, Phillips has to make sure he’s getting a player who can not only provide the pass rush with a threat off the edge, but one who’s athletic enough to play in space in both run and pass support.
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