Houston Texans: An Early Look at the Defensive Depth Chart

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Houston Texans: An Early Look at the Defensive Depth Chart
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A couple of weeks ago, I took a look at the Offensive Depth Chart as it stood today before free agency for the Houston Texans.  Now it’s the turn of the all important Defensive Depth Chart.

It’s not entirely new for most of the offseason attention of the Texans to center on the defense.  After all, Houston has been a completely lopsided team in favor of the offense since Gary Kubiak took the reins in 2006. 

This offseason, the attention by the team and the media has been at an all time high though and understandably.  If Wade Phillips is successful in implementing even an average defense, the Texans are likely in the playoffs.  Not successful, and there could be a completely new staff in 2013.

To his credit, Wade Phillips has been a writer’s dream.  Before the draft, he stepped in and made valuable decisions on defense before the end of the league year such as letting both starting safeties from 2011 go.  He also gave lots of great quotes as to what the defense would look like.

Then the draft came and he assembled what looks like to me is the best defensive draft class in Texans history, although granted they haven’t played a down in the NFL.  Still, it was easy to see that Wade has been a positive influence on the defense to say the least.

Since the draft, Wade has made considerable waves with the announcement that Mario Williams will play outside linebacker.  Then came the talk that the Texans will employ a 5-2 system at times.  He is nothing if not entertaining.

What you need to know about the scheme is this; while there are certainly wrinkles and complexities in Wade’s defense, it is all simply predicated around creating mismatches for the purpose of rushing the passer. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what Wade has on the roster in order to accomplish that goal of rushing quarterbacks.  As always, if you have thoughts or questions feel free to leave them in the comments or let me know on twitter (@JakeBRB).  Enjoy.

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