Originally Posted by Vinny
I understand your point but remarkable, eh. Lots of teams have had great offenses and crap defenses over the years and most of them are .500 teams who beat bad teams but can't beat contending teams, especially on the road. The Denny Green Cardinals and the Kubiak Texans (past) are two peas in a pod, biscuits and gravy, ham and cheese.
You can win with ok to bad defenses.
You can't win with historically horrific defenses. Even last year's bad New England defense ended up stringing together some above average performances.
Yes, it is on Kubiak/Smith that they didn't hire better defensive coordinators. Finding an experienced DC should have been the first order of business if you were going to have an offensive-minded head coach, working with a build through the draft, youngest in the league defensive starters.
Some of that may be who was available when they were looking, some not. I know a few coaches were not granted permission to talk to the Texans about the DC position at the time the Texans wanted to talk to them. There were no slam dunk candidates--all had pluses and minuses. Hard to say who exactly the alternatives were because they didn't want to undercut the coaches they did end up hiring.