Originally Posted by IDEXAN
The author is obviously misinformed because the Texans biggest issues on the defense concerns the success of the all-important edge rush they expect to get from the OLB/DE positions, both weak and strong sides.
Little is known about the ability of Mercilus to be a full-time starter for the year and the Texans don't even know who's going to be playing the other side ?
Plan A is for the outside pass rushers to pressure the QB.
I think the Texans did a good job addressing the need. Whitney is a first rounder. He'll get more snaps as he's been moved up in the rotation. SamMontgomery is "first round talent" if the scouts were wrong we could have a dynamic player there. Travardo looks like a specialist, low cost high reward
Plan B will be to rush the Inside LBs
We're getting Cushing back. Plus if BrooksReed is moved inside, that pass rush can come from either of them. I believe in the past teams knew that Cushing was coming & were able to do just enough to get their play off. We would complain because we didn't "disguise" much of what we were doing. Wade's a smart guy. If it were possible to disguise I'm sure he would have. But when you've got a system where the WOLB is coming 99.87% of the time & Brian Cushing in the middle....... you ain't fooling anyone.
With Reed's ability to rush the passer & drop into coverage (zone, which should be easier than the man-assignments he had last year) that should add a little variety to the mix, hopefully enough.
Plan C is to rush the safeties
Manning plays well against the line against the run & the pass. He's not exceptional at either, but he is productive. DJ Swearinger looks to be in that same mold
Plan D rush the corner
I don't think we have the right kind of corners to blitz..... with the exception of Brandon Harris. I'd like to see more of him blitzing from the slot.
So, we'll see. Hopefully we'll see enough mix of these options & continued inside dominance from Watt & Smith, that we'll get better production from the outside rushers.