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Cjeremy635
01-10-2011, 11:02 AM
http://img.ed4.net/texans/images/live_chat_wade.jpg

Didn't see this posted yet, I got it in an email.

Nawzer
01-10-2011, 01:24 PM
Well that was a bland press conference. Still nice to hear straight from the horse's mouth so to speak. He seemed confident that he can and will turn around the defense with the players we have. Last question was about Nnamdi Asomugha (sp?) and the Texans and he didn't say anything but did jokingly add that he would like to keep the money in his pocket. I think what will happen is that the Texans will probably add a few mid-level type free agents at some key positions but probably will not go after the elite level players. I definitely think Wade will be here for longer than 1 season and he will get the chance to build the defense the way he wants to.

HOU-TEX
01-10-2011, 01:27 PM
Well that was a bland press conference. Still nice to hear straight from the horse's mouth so to speak. He seemed confident that he can and will turn around the defense with the players we have. Last question was about Nnamdi Asomugha (sp?) and the Texans and he didn't say anything but did jokingly add that he would like to keep the money in his pocket. I think what will happen is that the Texans will probably add a few mid-level type free agents at some key positions but probably will not go after the elite level players. I definitely think Wade will be here for longer than 1 season and he will get the chance to build the defense the way he wants to.

Just for clarification. He was meaning he didn't want to be fined for tampering with a player under contract. Not paying for Aso to be a Texan.

Playmaker
01-10-2011, 01:27 PM
I was amused when he said the Kubiak cliche "We'll keep fighting..."

Ole Miss Texan
01-10-2011, 01:27 PM
Regarding the Nnamdi Asomugha comments: Wade said he's got some money in his pockets and wants to keep it there. What he meant was he didn't want to take a chance and get fined by the league for commenting on a player under contract, in free agency, etc....

No disrespect to the previous Defensive Coordinators but when I watch Wade speak about the Defense, I just come away with a feeling that he knows what he's talking about and really knows a lot about defenses. I have a lot more faith in Wade's ability to gameplan, scheme, and utilize his personnel.

Also, there were a lot of questions asking about his concerns on the "D", what were the biggest weaknesses, etc. I want to know his answers but the Dude can't spill the beans to us! What were they expecting, for him to say 'yea we NEED a NT and a OLB and will be addressing that in the 1st and 2nd rounds'??? Can't let 31 other teams know!

Runner
01-10-2011, 01:29 PM
Just for clarification. He was meaning he didn't want to be fined for tampering with a player under contract. Not paying for Aso to be a Texan.

That was some important clarification. Good job.

Ole Miss Texan
01-10-2011, 01:31 PM
That was some important clarification. Good job.

For real. I could tell that was about to start another "McNair is cheap" thread.

IDEXAN
01-10-2011, 01:32 PM
No disrespect to the previous Defensive Coordinators but when I watch Wade speak about the Defense, I just come away with a feeling that he knows what he's talking about and really knows a lot about defenses. I have a lot more faith in Wade's ability to gameplan, scheme, and utilize his personnel.

But can he "evaluate" personnel, because IMO that's been a bigger problem for the Texans than coaching the defensive personnel ? And if he can I want hin in the War-Room come Draft day in April.

J_R
01-10-2011, 01:33 PM
I've always been a Texan. Now a real Texan. Part of this is a dream come true. It couldnt be better for me. I'm gonna do my best and work my hardest to put us where we want to be.
 
Talk about your staff?
 
Trying to put a staff together. Got some places to fill. Gary and I will interview some guys.
 
You have worst pass coverage in league. What will you do to improve it?
 
It all fits together. Pass rush also has something to do with it. It's the whole group. Easy to blame it on one group. It's the rush and coverage. We'll be sound technique wise. That's the way I've always done it. 1 step at a time. Put in coverage, work it until you get it, then go into another coverage. I've had teams where we put in coverage one week and werent ready to go on. I've also had it worked in 3-4 days and worked out. A lot of these guys have played different coverages. We emphasize technique.
 
When you watch 15 game films, when you see the secondary and players, how do you feel about the youth and will it be hard to teach?
 
One thing you have to do is play the best players. If they're young, so be it, you play them. If old, you play them. Youth is no excuse. It's playing your best players and making sure they can play that coverage.
 
Bob McNair said after watching film, you thought you could make improvement and not much additional personnel is needed.

Whatever Bob said is right. I agree with what he said. I've been in this situation before. My experience in that area, we have the personnel to do better, but sure, we could always use bigger, faster, stronger players. You wont have all stars at every position. You raise the level of their game. Bad to good, good to great, etc
 
How much have you watched Mario and what to expect of him?
 
We've had a few players in the Pro Bowl. Mario has outstanding talent. You want to utilize your best players.
 
Biggest concern?
 
I dont know that if I have a concern. We have plans. Gotta see what they can do. Like I said, gotta utilize their talents. Depends on weaknesses, how fast or slow they learn things, etc.
 
Definitely a 3-4?
 
Yeah, I think so. I've been successful there for a long time. All it is your front 7. Coverage is the same in both 34 and 43. You get more in the 3-4 and more pressure in the 3-4.
 
What are your biggest needs?
 
I dont know exactly. Gary and I are looking at film now. We're looking at what players can and cant do. Until we hit the field, we'll see.
 
You've done this so many times before. Expectations is to win and win immediately.
 
I havent been anywhere else expecting to win.
 
You see where I'm heading. You look at what is done upfront. What do you see that you need that isnt here?
 
I still gotta look at guys. I dont think you can say right now until you know for sure. You always though do look for good players.
 
With uncertainty of CBA, is Bill part of your staff?
 
Definitely. I had a lot of coaches that I've come in with that only coached 4-3. Good football coaches are like good players, you can fit them in.
 
What did you do to help Bruce Smith in Buffalo?
 
To sick 'em. Go get 'em Bruce. Not easy to do as it sounds but you gotta let them go. Let them make plays. Let them utilize their ability. Your best players - you have to feature them and put them in position. That is the chess game though of how you set them up. Bruce was special. I had 2 - Reggie White and Bruce who are by far the best. Hope to coach one more.
 
Missed exact question but regarding Mario and the 3 technique?
 
Not talking about 3 technique. We're talking about rushing the passer, and movement wise. Thats what we did with Bruce Smith. Whatever Mario can do, we'll utilize that.
 
Talk about coming back to Houston?
 
Houston is special to me. Grew up here. Went to college here. First NFL job was here. At that time, I thought I was a great coach and we'd be here the whole time. Didnt work out that way. I came back to where I wanted to be.
 
You caoched some big NTs. Amobi fit that mold?
 
Coached some small one's too. Jay Ratliff not that big. He's probably Amobi's size. Again, we played different techniques with guys. Depends on what each player can do.
 
Your role in the draft?
 
Havent talked to them about it yet.
 
How many years have you signed up for?
 
We dont go into contracts. Happy to be here. They took care of me money wise. My wife is happy.
 
When you left Dallas, did you have expectations of being a DC again somewhere?
 
I didnt know. When you get fired, 29-19 in Buffalo and I'd think they take that right now. Similar now. It's perception more than reality. I've won a lot of games but I dont see me being a Head Coach again because of perception.
 
What is that perception?
 
When fired, perception is because he didnt win. 34-22 a lot of people would take but thats the way it is.
 
What do you like about Cody and Mitchell?
 
In 4-3 you have more D-linemen. I dont think we have enough to play a 4-3 and good players but enough for 3-4 group we're we can have solid players.
 
Cody and Mitchell on the nose?
 
They can play football. It wont be a big change for them or any of those guys. Nose Guard easier to play.
 
Couple games lost this year, Cowboys and Giants, Texans were outphysical-ed. Challenge coming into the AFC? Will you bring more physical attitude?
 
When you lose, they always outplay or outcoach you. I've seen a physical team and some good licks and hits. One thing I saw, those guys played hard. They pursued the ball, after the ball every play. Thats the first thing you look for is effort.
 
Have you spoken to any players?
 
Not yet. I did see Ryans this morning. I'll talk to some more.
 
Talk about your schedule going forward?
 
I'll be here rest of week on specific things regarding our D. Also, I'll be going to East-West game next week. I'm committed to doing that. Doing that, you get to work with college players. Get some ideas on some of those players. How smart they are, their competitiveness,etc. It will help us some on scouting, knowing them. Times we coached the Senior bowl, we found some things out that you probably dont find out in the draft. Looking forward to it.
 
Because of the labor situation, if no full TC or OTAs, is that an issue for you?
 
Not as much in that we teach things quickly. We can implement it quickly. It's a player friendly D. We want them to know their assignments. I take care of the complicated issues. I dont forsee it being a problem.
 
You touched on variety of things. Thoughts on working with Gary?
 
Excited. I've admired him. Tremendous player he was. He was always ready to play. Coach the same way. His teams will play hard and keep fighting. That and....his offense is as hard to stop as anyone we had played. Looking forward to working with him.
 
What about Nnamdi Asomugha and how he might fit in your scheme?
 
Will not talk about players under contract. I have some money in my pocket but I want to keep it.

Shaft75
01-10-2011, 01:34 PM
But can he "evaluate" personnel, because IMO that's been a bigger problem for the Texans than coaching the defensive personnel ? And if he can I want hin in the War-Room come Draft day in April.

I think we had a terrible scheme and poor coaching.

Wade's right. Nobody rolls out 11 all-pros on defense. It just doesn't happen that way. Look at the teams in the playoffs. 5 of 6 are 3-4 schemes with darn good coaching. Wade's been there done that, so... KEEP THE FAITH!

Nawzer
01-10-2011, 01:42 PM
Just for clarification. He was meaning he didn't want to be fined for tampering with a player under contract. Not paying for Aso to be a Texan.

Ahh Thanks for the clarification.

Playoffs
01-10-2011, 01:44 PM
I've always been a Texan. Now a real Texan....+Rep, thanks for posting.

Sounds like WF is saying you don't have to be that good to play NT in his scheme ..... which dovetails nicely with Texans personnel.

Thorn
01-10-2011, 01:48 PM
I'm positive Wade's defense will be better than Bush's defense. At the same time, Bush said all the right things when he was hired as well, as they all do.

utahmark
01-10-2011, 01:53 PM
[SIZE=2]Not talking about 3 technique. We're talking about rushing the passer, and movement wise. Thats what we did with Bruce Smith. Whatever Mario can do, we'll utilize that.
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I love that. I'm so tired of coaches trying to make players fit into places they can't. Finally somone is talking about adapting to our players strength's.

JCTexan
01-10-2011, 01:54 PM
I think we had a terrible scheme and poor coaching.

Wade's right. Nobody rolls out 11 all-pros on defense. It just doesn't happen that way. Look at the teams in the playoffs. 5 of 6 are 3-4 schemes with darn good coaching. Wade's been there done that, so... KEEP THE FAITH!

5 of 8. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England, Green Bay & New York run the 3-4. Atlanta, Seattle & Chicago run the 4-3.

IDEXAN
01-10-2011, 01:56 PM
What do you like about Cody and Mitchell?
 
In 4-3 you have more D-linemen. I dont think we have enough to play a 4-3 and good players but enough for 3-4 group we're we can have solid players.
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This is always been one of the advantages of the 3-4 over the 4-3: LBs tend to be less expensive than DLineman plus they can double as special-teamers.
^^
BTW that reminds, anybody else remember Jerry Hughes, the guy coming out of TCU last year who the Colts took in the first round, I think ?.
As I recall he's been kinda a disappointment as a DE in Indys 4-3, but I bet he might look good as a OLB in the 3-4 ? He might not be too expensive ?

The Pencil Neck
01-10-2011, 01:58 PM
I'm positive Wade's defense will be better than Bush's defense. At the same time, Bush said all the right things when he was hired as well, as they all do.

What bothered me about Bush is that he said the same things Richard Smith had said when he came in.

It really sounded like Kubiak had said "I want a defense that does this and this and this" and Bush and Smith had just agreed that was how they'd set their defenses up. And then they mimicked Kubiak in the offseason. But every year, we started the first 4 games slow on defense and then had to "simplify" to see our defense improve (this last year, it just never improved.) It felt like both Bush and Smith were pretty lost.

Wade has created some good defenses over the years. Hopefully he can do the same here. But I'll wait to see it on the field before I get excited about it.

Shaft75
01-10-2011, 02:00 PM
5 of 8. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England, Green Bay & New York run the 3-4. Atlanta, Seattle & Chicago run the 4-3.

I meant to say AFC playoff bracket.

Indy was the only 4-3 team out of the AFC. Baltimore, Pitt, KC, NY, and NE all run 3-4.

Thorn
01-10-2011, 02:01 PM
What bothered me about Bush is that he said the same things Richard Smith had said when he came in.

It really sounded like Kubiak had said "I want a defense that does this and this and this" and Bush and Smith had just agreed that was how they'd set their defenses up. And then they mimicked Kubiak in the offseason. But every year, we started the first 4 games slow on defense and then had to "simplify" to see our defense improve (this last year, it just never improved.) It felt like both Bush and Smith were pretty lost.

Wade has created some good defenses over the years. Hopefully he can do the same here. But I'll wait to see it on the field before I get excited about it.

Exactly on the bolded part. We'll have a better defense, but how much better remains to be seen.

JB
01-10-2011, 02:03 PM
Some key statements.

One thing you have to do is play the best players.
Youth is no excuse. It's playing your best players and making sure they can play that coverage
You raise the level of their game. Bad to good, good to great, etc

Again, we played different techniques with guys. Depends on what each player can do.

It's a player friendly D. We want them to know their assignments. I take care of the complicated issues.

I think one of the problems our defense has had in the past is trying to force the players to play in a specific way. I think Phillips will look at the players and adjust his scheme to what they can do well.

edit: Just sawthat utahmark pointed this out.

Malloy
01-10-2011, 02:05 PM
No games played yet so I'm stoked about the hire and the rah rah in the press room.

Playoffs next season, weeeeh! :)

houstonspartan
01-10-2011, 02:06 PM
My favorite words out of Wade's mouth: "I've been in this situation before."

He's said this a few times, and his record as a DC is pretty solid. So, that eases my mind a bit.

My only concern, however, is getting it done with the current players. I have doubts about the motivation of these guys. With the exception of DeMeco, Cushing and Pollard, I just don't see a lot of fire with our current squad.

We'll see.

Cjeremy635
01-10-2011, 02:06 PM
Exactly on the bolded part. We'll have a better defense, but how much better remains to be seen.

Agreed, but realistically, how much better does it have to be to be in the playoffs? Our offense, barring a major set back, can put up points. Expecting to put up 30+ points a game is not reasonable. Then, thinking that your team is playing crappy because they aren't putting up 30 points a game is retarded. I think if we can improve to middle of the pack D, we'll be in the playoffs next year, easily. I think we can make that leap, if not a little better than top 15 D. That, compounded with our O, should have us fighting for the AFC South title. (finger's crossed!)

beerlover
01-10-2011, 02:07 PM
I have no doubt Wade Phillips will improve this Texan defense day one, how could he not? My question is down the road can he sustain & make them elite?

The Pencil Neck
01-10-2011, 02:14 PM
Agreed, but realistically, how much better does it have to be to be in the playoffs? Our offense, barring a major set back, can put up points. Expecting to put up 30+ points a game is not reasonable. Then, thinking that your team is playing crappy because they aren't putting up 30 points a game is retarded. I think if we can improve to middle of the pack D, we'll be in the playoffs next year, easily. I think we can make that leap, if not a little better than top 15 D. That, compounded with our O, should have us fighting for the AFC South title. (finger's crossed!)

Yeah, but... every year it seems like there's just this one thing to get fixed.

First it was our running game and our run defense. We fixed our running game but we weren't doing well in the red zone. Then our running game fell apart and couldn't convert a 3rd and 1 but we improved in the red zone. We got our running game back and the red zone started being good to us and we were among the tops in the league in converting a yard... and then our defense became epically bad and our special teams weren't much better.

We should have a really good team next year. If we can keep our offense performing and improve the performance of our defense, we could be a 12 win team. This team, as it stands, was just a few plays from being a 10 win team. But that's never the way it works out with this team.

They need to get it going and they need to prove that they've got it going.

And of course, this is going to happen during a lockout season that's going to totally break our team apart.

GuerillaBlack
01-10-2011, 02:14 PM
What bothered me about Bush is that he said the same things Richard Smith had said when he came in.

It really sounded like Kubiak had said "I want a defense that does this and this and this" and Bush and Smith had just agreed that was how they'd set their defenses up. And then they mimicked Kubiak in the offseason. But every year, we started the first 4 games slow on defense and then had to "simplify" to see our defense improve (this last year, it just never improved.) It felt like both Bush and Smith were pretty lost.

Wade has created some good defenses over the years. Hopefully he can do the same here. But I'll wait to see it on the field before I get excited about it.

Same here. Let's see where we are at after 12 games, and then once the season is over. Anything short of the playoffs and Kubiak should be gone. Hell, if we are 5-7 again after 12 games, Kubiak should be fired.

Cjeremy635
01-10-2011, 02:20 PM
Same here. Let's see where we are at after 12 games, and then once the season is over. Anything short of the playoffs and Kubiak should be gone. Hell, if we are 5-7 again after 12 games, Kubiak should be fired.

Agreed!

Honoring Earl 34
01-10-2011, 02:21 PM
I have no doubt Wade Phillips will improve this Texan defense day one, how could he not? My question is down the road can he sustain & make them elite?

Hopefully he can help the Texans with their famous four game slide when they need it least .

Blake
01-10-2011, 02:22 PM
No disrespect to the previous Defensive Coordinators but when I watch Wade speak about the Defense, I just come away with a feeling that he knows what he's talking about and really knows a lot about defenses. I have a lot more faith in Wade's ability to gameplan, scheme, and utilize his personnel.



Yeah but this dude had glasses. And he graduated from something as you can see by the hat.

http://imgur.com/JAWM9.jpg

Thorn
01-10-2011, 02:27 PM
Agreed, but realistically, how much better does it have to be to be in the playoffs? Our offense, barring a major set back, can put up points. Expecting to put up 30+ points a game is not reasonable. Then, thinking that your team is playing crappy because they aren't putting up 30 points a game is retarded. I think if we can improve to middle of the pack D, we'll be in the playoffs next year, easily. I think we can make that leap, if not a little better than top 15 D. That, compounded with our O, should have us fighting for the AFC South title. (finger's crossed!)

If our offense does not improve, and does not regress either, AND the defense improves (out of the gate, NOT after we've already lost some games) to at least above a 20th place statistical rating, we should be able to make the playoffs.

Then again, if the Texans can't play and it's Kubiak's fault as some of us believe, then all a better defense is going to do is get us back to 8-8 or 9-7 and no playoffs.

I really REALLY want Kubiak to prove me and all the rest of us doubters wrong, but I'm not really expecting that. The thing is, as with last season, we don't know and it's "Wait until next year" all over again. Again.

silvrhand
01-10-2011, 02:39 PM
Some key statements.

I think one of the problems our defense has had in the past is trying to force the players to play in a specific way. I think Phillips will look at the players and adjust his scheme to what they can do well.

edit: Just sawthat utahmark pointed this out.

You put players in positions that they are best suited to win at.

Carr Bombed
01-10-2011, 02:55 PM
Some key statements.


One thing you have to do is play the best players.


Youth is no excuse. It's playing your best players and making sure they can play that coverage


You raise the level of their game. Bad to good, good to great, etc


Again, we played different techniques with guys. Depends on what each player can do.


It's a player friendly D. We want them to know their assignments. I take care of the complicated issues.





I think one of the problems our defense has had in the past is trying to force the players to play in a specific way. I think Phillips will look at the players and adjust his scheme to what they can do well.

edit: Just sawthat utahmark pointed this out.

So in layman's terms, he's saying KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. I like it, who would of thought that common sense would prevail. :mariopalm:


I mean what a great idea it is to let the best players play and not cut veterans and throw in over their head rookies out on the field and watch them get torched all season. Also not only that, lets expand on this great idea by asking players to do only what they're capable to do. This team should be better on defense next year. They finally have a legit defensive coach.

Doppelganger
01-10-2011, 02:56 PM
I have no doubt Wade Phillips will improve this Texan defense day one, how could he not? My question is down the road can he sustain & make them elite?

Agreed. Any astute football fan could do a better job than Frank Bush did. I even think my roomate's Golden Retriever could make a better Defensive Coordinator than Frank Bush. She is able to learn new commands and learn from her mistakes. I don't think Bush can.

thunderkyss
01-10-2011, 03:07 PM
Yeah, but... every year it seems like there's just this one thing to get fixed.

... and then our defense became epically bad and our special teams weren't much better.


I think this is the crux of the matter right here.

Frank Bush did an excellent job in 2009 making us respectable on that side of the ball. Maybe he didn't put it in so many words, but you could see exactly what his defense was all about. Playing downhill & swarming to the ball.

2010, because of injury (I think) he played conservative, & it cost him his job. Maybe the talent wasn't there.... but when they went after the QB... when they flew after the ball, they were pretty amazing. We just didn't do it enough.

So, while one minute, I'm saying it was about injury.... I think what I mean to say is that Bush didn't trust his new guys. I've never seen LBs, Safeties, & Corners being switched in & out of the game that often, that late in the season.

Figure out who your best guys are, & let them go. They're going to make mistakes, but Jason Allen, Troy Nolan, Darryll Sharpton, they're going to make plays too. Mark Anderson, Damien Lewis & Tim Jamison as well.

Those guys made plays, when we let them.

thunderkyss
01-10-2011, 03:10 PM
If our offense does not improve, and does not regress either, AND the defense improves (out of the gate, NOT after we've already lost some games)

This I'll definitely blame on Bush. Early in 2009 & 2010, it was like he hadn't figured out what we did well, & what we don't. He had us in some weird 3 man fronts (& honestly, I think Amobi plays better when he's over a tackle) that didn't seem to flatter us.

It took him a few games to figure out which formations & packages he shouldn't include on game day.

kiwitexansfan
01-10-2011, 03:16 PM
I love the emphasis on adapting the scheme to keep everyone doing what they do well while hiding their weaknesses.

I don't think he is taking a simple defensive approach as to fit a defense to everyone's strengths and weaknesses would be very complex, but I think they players will know what they are asked to do, they can do and that will lift their confidence and overall performance.

Wade will make the complex feel simple for the players.

Double Barrel
01-10-2011, 03:59 PM
Okay, since fan desires is irrelevant, I'm not going to led McNair's ineptness be a roadblock to me enjoying football. Fresh hope and all that jazz. I like much of what Wade brings to the table, but this quote just bugs me:

Bob McNair said after watching film, you thought you could make improvement and not much additional personnel is needed.

Whatever Bob said is right. I agree with what he said.

Did he really say it like that? It gives me flashbacks to McNair interviewing head coaches with the HWWNBN question, waiting for the "right" answer.

The Pencil Neck
01-10-2011, 04:04 PM
I love the emphasis on adapting the scheme to keep everyone doing what they do well while hiding their weaknesses.

I don't think he is taking a simple defensive approach as to fit a defense to everyone's strengths and weaknesses would be very complex, but I think they players will know what they are asked to do, they can do and that will lift their confidence and overall performance.

Wade will make the complex feel simple for the players.

I like what he said about the complication being on him. I like what he's said about just letting the players play and do what they do best.

From what we've heard the past 4-5 years, the defenses that Smith and Bush created were too complicated for the players and they had to dumb it down so the players could play it. And then the announcers are on the TV saying it's the most vanilla defense they've ever seen. There's something very wrong with that.

I don't believe that our players are that much dumber than everyone else's. I think it was our coaches that were that much dumber than everyone else's.

HOU-TEX
01-10-2011, 04:22 PM
Okay, since fan desires is irrelevant, I'm not going to led McNair's ineptness be a roadblock to me enjoying football. Fresh hope and all that jazz. I like much of what Wade brings to the table, but this quote just bugs me:



Did he really say it like that? It gives me flashbacks to McNair interviewing head coaches with the HWWNBN question, waiting for the "right" answer.

I think he was joking a bit when he said that. You can't tell from the quotes, but hearing his voice when he said those 1st 2 sentences. He was trying to get a giggle out of the media.

Double Barrel
01-10-2011, 04:23 PM
I think he was joking a bit when he said that. You can't tell from the quotes, but hearing his voice when he said those 1st 2 sentences. He was trying to get a giggle out of the media.

Okay, cool. Thanks for the clarification. Tough to tell with the written word. :)

Ole Miss Texan
01-10-2011, 04:43 PM
I love the emphasis on adapting the scheme to keep everyone doing what they do well while hiding their weaknesses.

I don't think he is taking a simple defensive approach as to fit a defense to everyone's strengths and weaknesses would be very complex, but I think they players will know what they are asked to do, they can do and that will lift their confidence and overall performance.

Wade will make the complex feel simple for the players.

That was one of the biggest things I took away from the press conference. He's going to put the players in the best position to make plays and succeed. They're going to play fast and to their strengths. The complexity of the Defense will be on him but he will essentially "teach" the players their respective roles to make it easy on them. That's what a great DC can do, let's hope he turns this defense around quickly and builds them into an elite one. He's got a few of those parts and I hope we can keep adding some.

CloakNNNdagger
01-10-2011, 05:10 PM
Yeah, but... every year it seems like there's just this one thing to get fixed.First it was our running game and our run defense. We fixed our running game but we weren't doing well in the red zone. Then our running game fell apart and couldn't convert a 3rd and 1 but we improved in the red zone. We got our running game back and the red zone started being good to us and we were among the tops in the league in converting a yard... and then our defense became epically bad and our special teams weren't much better.

We should have a really good team next year. If we can keep our offense performing and improve the performance of our defense, we could be a 12 win team. This team, as it stands, was just a few plays from being a 10 win team. But that's never the way it works out with this team.

They need to get it going and they need to prove that they've got it going.

And of course, this is going to happen during a lockout season that's going to totally break our team apart.

Not too many people want to think about things like this.........but there were/are enough potential variable factors that can come into play before our OFFENSE takes to the field next season, that just because our O was the more successful (still had quite a few warts) than the D this year doesn't assure us a similar future success .

wildroot
01-10-2011, 05:18 PM
Just for clarification. He was meaning he didn't want to be fined for tampering with a player under contract. Not paying for Aso to be a Texan.

I thought Aso's contract was voided?

midway
01-10-2011, 05:21 PM
I thought Aso's contract was voided?

He is however not a free agent until after the Super Bowl I believe. The voiding wasn't immediate... or something... I'm fuzzy on the details.

houstonspartan
01-10-2011, 05:27 PM
I thought Aso's contract was voided?

It is, but not yet, I believe. I'm betting there's a specific date attached.

CretorFrigg
01-10-2011, 05:30 PM
That was one of the biggest things I took away from the press conference. He's going to put the players in the best position to make plays and succeed. They're going to play fast and to their strengths. The complexity of the Defense will be on him but he will essentially "teach" the players their respective roles to make it easy on them. That's what a great DC can do, let's hope he turns this defense around quickly and builds them into an elite one. He's got a few of those parts and I hope we can keep adding some.

But isn't that what all coaches are obligated to say? For the fans, it's deja vu all over again. I remember when Frank Bush announced that the defense was going to be simplified, and guys were going to be flying around. Maybe I'm a pessimist, who knows? I just want to see results on the field.

With that said, I have faith in Wade's ability to turn defenses around, and I'm really looking forward to witnessing the necessary changes he'll be making.

Ole Miss Texan
01-10-2011, 05:39 PM
But isn't that what all coaches are obligated to say? For the fans, it's deja vu all over again. I remember when Frank Bush announced that the defense was going to be simplified, and guys were going to be flying around. Maybe I'm a pessimist, who knows? I just want to see results on the field.

With that said, I have faith in Wade's ability to turn defenses around, and I'm really looking forward to witnessing the necessary changes he'll be making.

Yea, but I believe Wade. I think he's got a history of successfully being able to do so. Doesn't mean it'll happen here, I just have a lot more faith now than I ever did.

Nawzer
01-10-2011, 05:43 PM
I liked how he stressed fundamentals and technique. It could mean that we no longer give away 10 yards for free everytime the other team passes.

Big Lou
01-10-2011, 08:06 PM
I'm positive Wade's defense will be better than Bush's defense. At the same time, Bush said all the right things when he was hired as well, as they all do.

I almost always agree with you Thorn, but I remember Bush being unimpressive, he said what we wanted to hear, which was more pre assure, but it never materialized. He talked about blitzing more, and although we some spurts, he was almost as conservative as Smith.

He'll I'll be more than happy with Wade if the damn CB's aren't 12 yards of the damn LOS all game!!!!!!

HoustonFrog
01-10-2011, 08:16 PM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/features/rumors

UPDATE: Wade Phillips was introduced as the Houston Texans' new defensive coordinator on Monday, and he continued to reiterate that he's not concerned about the difficulty in switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme, per Paul Kuharsky of ESPN's AFC South blog, who provided his quick reaction following the press conference (a piece of which can be found below).

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When considering the Texans' hiring of Phillips to coordinate their defense, the primary question on everyone's mind has been how he's going to fit their current personnel into the adjusted scheme.

According to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, Phillips indicates that he'll find out soon enough, and that he's got an Alfred E. Neuman outlook on it: What, me worry?

While the switch will be a challenge for the linebackers, many have wondered what will happen to defensive end Mario Williams, as it's unclear if the franchise cornerstone (and former No. 1 overall pick) can successfully switch to outside linebacker. In addition, there doesn't appear to be a textbook nose tackle on the roster, though Phillips' usage of the relatively undersized (for a 3-4 NT) Jay Ratliff while with the Dallas Cowboys can perhaps give us a clue as to how he'll manage the position in Houston.

Furthermore, in the opinion of some, the defensive line and LBs were not the biggest problem with the Texans' D in 2010. Recently, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders provided an open letter to the team on Twitter: "Dear Houston: Did you know that when you switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4, your defensive backs stay exactly the same? Sincerely, Reality."

In anticipating what the team might do with the No. 11 overall pick in April, help in the secondary seems most pressing, though a stud defensive lineman remains a possibility as well.

So there were people doubting the secondary was the problem?

thunderkyss
01-10-2011, 08:35 PM
That was one of the biggest things I took away from the press conference. He's going to put the players in the best position to make plays and succeed. They're going to play fast and to their strengths. The complexity of the Defense will be on him but he will essentially "teach" the players their respective roles to make it easy on them. That's what a great DC can do, let's hope he turns this defense around quickly and builds them into an elite one. He's got a few of those parts and I hope we can keep adding some.

Seems I remember Frank Bush promising the very same.

I understand Wade is more qualified, but after seeing what Frank did in 2009, and how he turned it into what we saw in 2010, we'll see.

We'll see if Wade coaches to try to save his job, or if he coaches to win.

GNTLEWOLF
01-10-2011, 08:55 PM
If our offense does not improve, and does not regress either, AND the defense improves (out of the gate, NOT after we've already lost some games) to at least above a 20th place statistical rating, we should be able to make the playoffs.

Then again, if the Texans can't play and it's Kubiak's fault as some of us believe, then all a better defense is going to do is get us back to 8-8 or 9-7 and no playoffs.

I really REALLY want Kubiak to prove me and all the rest of us doubters wrong, but I'm not really expecting that. The thing is, as with last season, we don't know and it's "Wait until next year" all over again. Again.

Let;s say the Texans make the play-off next year. That doesn't prove anything except that Kubiak is Marvin Lewis. And with that comparison, Kubiak is about due for a play-off season just by pure chance.

No, this team will need more than one play-off year to prove anything at this point.

Pantherstang84
01-10-2011, 09:02 PM
Seems I remember Frank Bush promising the very same.

I understand Wade is more qualified, but after seeing what Frank did in 2009, and how he turned it into what we saw in 2010, we'll see.

We'll see if Wade coaches to try to save his job, or if he coaches to win.

I'm not sure how to interpret this sentence. He was brought in to run the defensive side of the ball and he is very good at it. I am not concerned whether he will improve the defense or not. He will. My concern is whether the other components of the team try to improve as well. Is the offense good? Yes, but there is always room for improvement.

IMO Where coaching staffs get in trouble is when they try to improve only their weaknesses, You have to try and improve your strengths as well or they could become weaknesses when the injury bug bites.

TheMatrix31
01-11-2011, 02:42 AM
Let;s say the Texans make the play-off next year. That doesn't prove anything except that Kubiak is Marvin Lewis. And with that comparison, Kubiak is about due for a play-off season just by pure chance.

No, this team will need more than one play-off year to prove anything at this point.

Well, we can only play one season at a time.

Grams
01-11-2011, 06:03 AM
Talk is cheap.

I am in the Missouri state of mind - Show Me.

When I see that the defense will not let an opponent score a TD with 50 sec and no timeouts left, then my optimism may start to rise.

Thorn
01-11-2011, 07:03 AM
Talk is cheap.

I am in the Missouri state of mind - Show Me.

When I see that the defense will not let an opponent score a TD with 50 sec and no timeouts left, then my optimism may start to rise.

And there you have it all in a nutshell.

Well spoken Grams. +Rep

steelbtexan
01-11-2011, 08:16 AM
Agreed!

5-7, Four yrs in a row.

See a pattern?

Should've already been fired.

steelbtexan
01-11-2011, 08:25 AM
Yeah but this dude had glasses. And he graduated from something as you can see by the hat.

http://imgur.com/JAWM9.jpg

LOL

I agree with you on Blackmon.

Dude is a stud and having him opposite AJ would help the defense more than any defensive player at # 11. Excluding Aldon Smith or JJ Watt. IMHO

dalemurphy
01-11-2011, 08:30 AM
5-7, Four yrs in a row.

See a pattern?

Should've already been fired.

I do see the pattern... It's a little complicated, though. For those of you that don't see it, here it is:

5-7, 5-7, 5-7, 5-7, 9-3, 8-4, 8-4, 9-3....

IDEXAN
01-11-2011, 08:43 AM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/features/rumors



So there were people doubting the secondary was the problem?
If you improve the performance of the front 7 which one would assume includes elevating pressure on the QB, then the backend also benefits.
Most everybody agrees that even the best Dbacks get burnt when an NFL QB has, in the absense of pressure up front, ample time to deliberately look downfield and pick & choose his receiver(s).

thunderkyss
01-11-2011, 08:51 AM
If you improve the performance of the front 7 which one would assume includes elevating pressure on the QB, then the backend also benefits.
Most everybody agrees that even the best Dbacks get burnt when an NFL QB has, in the absense of pressure up front, ample time to deliberately look downfield and pick & choose his receiver(s).

I think Bill Kollar still has a job with the Texans, because they feel there is only so much pressure you can put on the QB... after a certain point, your coverage has got to be able to hold up.

LBs coach.......... gone. DBs coach....... gone.

While watching the playoffs, watch how many plays are made by LBs in the passing game. Passes deflected..... hits that prevent catches... tight ends & RBs stopped for no gain.... That Denver game was pitiful from a LB & DB standpoint. Pitiful.

IDEXAN
01-11-2011, 09:01 AM
I think Bill Kollar still has a job with the Texans, because they feel there is only so much pressure you can put on the QB... after a certain point, your coverage has got to be able to hold up.

LBs coach.......... gone. DBs coach....... gone.

While watching the playoffs, watch how many plays are made by LBs in the passing game. Passes deflected..... hits that prevent catches... tight ends & RBs stopped for no gain.... That Denver game was pitiful from a LB & DB standpoint. Pitiful.
Honestly I think the reason that Kollar still has a job here in Houston is that he's got a good friend high up on the Texans org chart that Frank Bush and his assistants didnt have ?

dalemurphy
01-11-2011, 09:03 AM
Honestly I think the reason that Kollar still has a job here in Houston is that he's got a good friend high up on the Texans org chart that Frank Bush and his assistants didnt have ?

No. Wade Phillips wanted him. They had worked together in Atlanta and when the Texans asked him about members of the current staff he would be interested, he told them to keep Kollar.

Mr. White
01-11-2011, 09:05 AM
No. Wade Phillips wanted him. They had worked together in Atlanta and when the Texans asked him about members of the current staff he would be interested, he told them to keep Kollar.

I'm pretty sure they didn't.

Kollar was in St. Louis when Wade was in Atlanta. They both worked in Atlanta and Buffalo, but not at the same time.

IDEXAN
01-11-2011, 09:16 AM
No. Wade Phillips wanted him.

And you would know this how ? BTW I was referring to someone higher in the org chart than the new DC.

HuttoKarl
01-11-2011, 09:20 AM
I'm positive Wade's defense will be better than Bush's defense. At the same time, Bush said all the right things when he was hired as well, as they all do.

It'd be pretty difficult to be worse.

Mr. White
01-11-2011, 09:24 AM
Honestly I think the reason that Kollar still has a job here in Houston is that he's got a good friend high up on the Texans org chart that Frank Bush and his assistants didnt have ?

Either that or he just has a better track record than the other coaches did.

It's not a big stretch to think that the reason that he's still here is because that's the only guy Wade wanted.

dalemurphy
01-11-2011, 09:41 AM
I'm pretty sure they didn't.

Kollar was in St. Louis when Wade was in Atlanta. They both worked in Atlanta and Buffalo, but not at the same time.

Interesting. According to the houstontexans.com bio as well as pro-football-reference.com, you are correct. My mistake for trusting what John McClain has been writing. He wrote last week (in 2 separate articles) that they worked together in Atlanta.


My assumption (I, of course, don't know with certainty) based on the way things transpired and what has been said by Wade Phillips, Gary Kubiak, and Bob McNair is that Wade is choosing his defensive staff and that Kollar is only there because Wade wants him there. I would be devastated (and surprised) to find out that isn't the case.

Mr. White
01-11-2011, 09:58 AM
Interesting. According to the houstontexans.com bio as well as pro-football-reference.com, you are correct.


Those are the first 2 sites that I looked at when I heard they were retaining Kollar. I thought they probably worked together in Buffalo. It turns out they missed each other by a year or 2.

To your point, both of these guys have been coaching D's forever. Wade probably already knows him (or knows of him) and wants him on board. I don't think it's any more complicated than that.

My mistake for trusting what John McClain has been writing. He wrote last week (in 2 separate articles) that they worked together in Atlanta.

Reading this makes me wish there was a McClain facepalm on this board. It took me about 10 minutes to figure that out by checking those 2 sites and I'm just a guy on a message board.

The Pencil Neck
01-11-2011, 10:42 AM
My mistake for trusting what John McClain has been writing. He wrote last week (in 2 separate articles) that they worked together in Atlanta.

Yeah, he got me with that, too.

OzzO
01-11-2011, 12:32 PM
When you get fired, 29-19 in Buffalo and I'd think they take that right now.

I did like that little zinger Wade threw.

At least it seems he's got a focus and a plan as opposed to a "we're gonna be an attacking defense" we heard from the last two DC's when they were hired.

DerekLee1
01-11-2011, 03:44 PM
It is, but not yet, I believe. I'm betting there's a specific date attached.

Contracts expire in March, when free agency begins. However, that's also the expiration date of the CBA, which will trigger a lockout. No player contact can be made at that time, meaning no free agents will be signed until the CBA is resolved.

CloakNNNdagger
01-11-2011, 08:27 PM
Interesting. According to the houstontexans.com bio as well as pro-football-reference.com, you are correct. My mistake for trusting what John McClain has been writing. He wrote last week (in 2 separate articles) that they worked together in Atlanta.



My assumption (I, of course, don't know with certainty) based on the way things transpired and what has been said by Wade Phillips, Gary Kubiak, and Bob McNair is that Wade is choosing his defensive staff and that Kollar is only there because Wade wants him there. I would be devastated (and surprised) to find out that isn't the case.



Probably one of the main reasons Kollar was retained was that Kollar specializes in small athletic defensive lineman that shoot the gap in a 1-gap formation. That would best utilize our present personel.

Corrosion
01-11-2011, 11:43 PM
Probably one of the main reasons Kollar was retained was that Kollar specializes in small athletic defensive lineman that shoot the gap in a 1-gap formation. That would best utilize our present personel.

And thats whats wrong with the defensive line ... gap shootin and lanes wide open for QB's to step into. There is no integrity in their defensive front .... Either they get there or the QB is tossin sea shells into the ocean and they dont get there near often enough ....

CloakNNNdagger
01-12-2011, 07:30 AM
And thats whats wrong with the defensive line ... gap shootin and lanes wide open for QB's to step into. There is no integrity in their defensive front .... Either they get there or the QB is tossin sea shells into the ocean and they dont get there near often enough ....


I agree with you completely. Please don't shoot the messenger. I was just responding to why Kollar may have been retained

infantrycak
01-12-2011, 11:34 AM
And thats whats wrong with the defensive line ... gap shootin and lanes wide open for QB's to step into. There is no integrity in their defensive front .... Either they get there or the QB is tossin sea shells into the ocean and they dont get there near often enough ....

I agreed without you completely. Please don't shoot the messenger. I was just responding to why Kollar may have been retained

Damn hate disagreeing with Jean but look at the defensive game plans against Vick. Capers and several other teams to end the season had gap shooting D's to get pressure on Vick and make him bolt. Now that can only be successful if the gap shooting is with discipline and it doesn't blossom out into a Georgia O'Keefe painting.

thunderkyss
01-12-2011, 01:02 PM
Damn hate disagreeing with Jean but look at the defensive game plans against Vick. Capers and several other teams to end the season had gap shooting D's to get pressure on Vick and make him bolt. Now that can only be successful if the gap shooting is with discipline and it doesn't blossom out into a Georgia O'Keefe painting.

We kicked Vick's ass. We kicked Peyton's ass.. as far as the DL goes IMO, we had just about every QB running for their lives. Might not have shown up as sacks, but the DL was probably our best unit.

Granted that's not saying much on this defense.

But I believe if the LBs aren't providing that underneath coverage, & the safeties aren't providing deep coverage... it doesn't matter what kind of pressure the DL provides.