Originally Posted by Grid
... I think a good Dlineman would have more impact than another SS. Walker is not doing so well ... Payne is great, but old ... Robaire Smith is the only player on our Dline who I think is set in stone...
I agree about S/S, with Glen Earl, Ramon Walker and Eric Brown
On D-line, I think that Walker and Payne (if retained) have a chance to be better next year, because of injuries. I don't think they are too old (as 3-4 D-linemen) on a team making a run for the playoffs.
I think the Texans actually have two Defensive lines. One is a 3-4, with 3 D-linemen who are in essense 2-gap D-tackles. The other is a 4 man D-line that they use frequently on passing downs (nickle package). This second D-line has pass rush ends (Babin, Wong, Peek) and two conventional D-tackles. Prior to his injury, Walker was ideally suited as a D-tackle on this nickle d-line. I think the upgade we need on d-line (assuming Payne is back) is:
a) a D-tackle (1 gap penetrator) for the nickle d-line, to play with Walker; and
b) some developmental players, to develop as 2-gapers.