Texans will be best defense because of Watt, Cushing, Phillips
I could make a strong case for any of the teams in the NFC West, but I'm going to predict the Houston Texans will field the top defense this fall.
Houston has the NFL's most dominant defender (J.J. Watt), a creative defensive coordinator (Wade Phillips) and the unit will benefit from the healthy return of a top five inside linebacker (Brian Cushing). The secondary is the only concern but that group won't be exposed too much because of their ferocious pass rush.
Do you guys think the secondary is the only concern? I think the linebackers are the biggest concern. Secondary has Joseph recovered from groin and hernia issues, DJ who is pretty solid judging by the media, Kjax coming off of his best season as a pro, and Ed Reed who may be good or may be bad. The linebackers have Cushing in rehab, Brooks Reed just had surgery, Dobbins is the oldest linebacker as the rest of them are either rookies or vets with something to prove like Sharpton. I just feel the linebacking core is too banged up and young.