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Old 11-23-2013   #1
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The discussion about the future of Houston Texans’ coaches has become the topic throughout Houston in the middle of this eight game losing streak. Answers are being looked for on what exactly has gone wrong with the season. With some questionable decisions on personnel, these decisions have effected the makeup of this team.

One area that seems to get a free pass at times is the defense and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Looking at the big picture of what Phillips has brought to the Texans started in 2011 with a top-notch defense that played at a high level. That defense had the likes of Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing, Antonio Smith, Connor Barwin, newly signed Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and a rookie named J.J. Watt. Phillips walked into a gold mine of talent in Houston that produced some great games filled with turnovers and a unit that got to the quarterback with ease.

This is not about numbers, this is about the eye test and which players have been on the field prior to the Phillips Era in Houston. The talent level is a concern and it is pretty evident lately in Houston.

As talent left, the Texans and the team opted to fill it through the draft. That is where the good times stopped for the Texans on finding defensive players.
As we all know, Phillips is not the answer on the D side of the ball or as HC. This is a good article on his failures as Texans DC and why they are where they are. The pic just seems to solidify the connection from Capers to Kubiak/Phillips. Lost and confused.

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That defense had the likes of Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing, Antonio Smith, Connor Barwin, newly signed Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and a rookie named J.J. Watt. Phillips walked into a gold mine of talent in Houston that produced some great games filled with turnovers and a unit that got to the quarterback with ease.
It would seem to me that we have to start drafting some better defensive players in the upcoming draft. We completely dropped the ball in the last draft by selecting guys like Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams. I want to hold somebody accountable for those mistakes whether it's Rick Smith or even Wade Phillips, as I'm sure he had some input on drafting those players.

It's not rocket science to suggest our talent level on defense has gotten much worse in recent off-seasons. Add to that, we've seen a huge decline in the overall game of Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning, who is now injury prone late in his career. The bottom line is we need more young talent on the defensive line, inside linebacker and in the secondary.

I kind of hope we move to a 4-3 defense in 2014, as I feel that's the quickest way for us to improve defensively. We currently don't have the personnel to run a successful 3-4 defense. I'm tired of seeing Houston drafting guys we believe can fit our system even if we reach on them. We need to always draft the best player available and then worry about fitting them in once they're on the team.
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Wade has always made a difference on defense the first year or two when he takes over a defense. After that they always seem to go back to just a little better than average. Could be he is better with players already on a team than evaluating talent of college kids.

At least a little better than average is a whole lot better that what we had before he got here.

But it is time to move on. We need a clean sweep of all the coaches and GM and make the scouting staff also.
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But it is time to move on. We need a clean sweep of all the coaches and GM and make the scouting staff also.
Wade identified Watt and took a lot of heat from fans for passing on Nick Fairley. But you're right. Time for a fresh start with a new regime.
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Wade has always made a difference on defense the first year or two when he takes over a defense. After that they always seem to go back to just a little better than average. Could be he is better with players already on a team than evaluating talent of college kids.

At least a little better than average is a whole lot better that what we had before he got here.

But it is time to move on. We need a clean sweep of all the coaches and GM and make the scouting staff also.
it's always been an interesting debate on this aspect.. why can't he consistently field a good defense?
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I've thought that Wade is a little in over his head in today's NFL and looks a bit lost. Reed's comment about being surprised by the lack of sophistication of the defense was pretty damning. Say what you will about Reed, I tend to believe him on this one given his track record and where he came from.

Wade needs to go, along with everyone else. I don't think a new HC comes in without the ability to build his whole staff. He doesn't need a defensive fossil hanging around.
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I've thought that Wade is a little in over his head in today's NFL and looks a bit lost. Reed's comment about being surprised by the lack of sophistication of the defense was pretty damning. Say what you will about Reed, I tend to believe him on this one given his track record and where he came from.

Wade needs to go, along with everyone else. I don't think a new HC comes in without the ability to build his whole staff. He doesn't need a defensive fossil hanging around.
While I don't support the idea of Wade as our next HC if they can Kubiak, I hardly think that 83-65/56 % is indicative of a HC who's been in over his head and as a defensive coach he's always rated among the top echelon of 3-4 coordinators.
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