Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Wade doesn't run the "standard" 3-4 where the NT has 2-gap responsibility. That's why he was able to get away with smaller NT's like Jay Ratliff.
Jay Ratliff is a Pro Bowl player. Maybe Wade was able to "get away with" Ratliff at NT has more to do with Ratliff's ability than size or lack thereof. Ratliffs do not grow on trees. Prior to his stint in Dallas, Wade had a huge NT in Jamal Williams.
Small NTs are the exception rather than the rule in the NFL. The assumption that the Texans will be able to throw anyone at NT and make the defense work is unfounded. Shaun Cody and/or Earl Mitchell are not the likely answer. Vince Wilfork, Casey Hampton, B.J. Raji, Kris Jenkins. This is what NFL NTs generally look like.