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Old 01-28-2008   #1
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The Houston Texans have named Ray Rhodes as the team’s new assistant defensive backs coach, it was announced today.

Rhodes joins the Texans following five seasons (2003-07) with the Seattle Seahawks. He was the Seahawks defensive coordinator from 2003-05, and then moved into the role of special projects/defense for the past two seasons.

The Seattle defense improved from 28th in the NFL the year prior to his arrival to 19th in his first season. Seattle made the playoffs in each of Rhodes’ five seasons there.

Rhodes is reunited in Houston with a number of former colleagues, including Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, with whom he coached in San Francisco in 1994 and in Denver from 2001-02.

“He brings tremendous experience and passion to our coaching staff,” Kubiak said.

Rhodes is a veteran of 27 years in the NFL, including 12 as a defensive coordinator or head coach. As a coordinator, his defense has finished outside the league’s top 10 just three times.

His career record as a head coach is 37-42-1, including a pair of playoff appearances. He was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-98 and was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1999. Rhodes earned NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1995 when he guided the Eagles to a 10-6 record and advanced to the NFC Divisional Playoffs in his first season as head coach.

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Rhodes was defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos from 2001-02. Rhodes spent the 2000 season as the Washington Redskins’ defensive coordinator. He also served as the defensive coordinator in Green Bay (1992-93) and San Francisco (1994) prior to taking the Eagles head coaching position.

The Mexia, Texas native broke into the NFL coaching ranks in 1981 as the assistant secondary coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He was promoted to defensive backs coach in 1983 and remained in that position until 1991. Rhodes owns five Super Bowl rings as a coach, all with the 49ers. He was the defensive coordinator for San Francisco’s last World Championship team in 1994.

Rhodes played running back for two seasons at TCU (1969-70) before transferring to Tulsa and completing his career there. Rhodes was selected by the New York Giants in the 10th round of the 1974 NFL Draft and played for seven years (1974-80). He played three seasons at wide receiver for the Giants and led the NFL with a 20.7 yards-per-catch average in 1975 before being moved to defensive back in 1977. He won a starting job at cornerback and started for three years for the Giants before being traded to San Francisco before the 1980 season, his last as a player.
So there you go. Assistant defensive backs coach. Official.
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To quote Mr. Burns, " Excellent"!
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And the circle of life is complete....right back where he started...assistant def backs coach!
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Wow.

There has to be more to it than this.
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Any time you get a former NFL head coach as an assistant, you have to figure you've got a quality franchise. So far, Kubiak's had two of them...
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Great news indeed. I can't wait to see the impact he has on our DB's. Hopefully he is persistent to Kubes about drafting some good talent this year as well!
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Cool. Now, Rick can go get Trufant. I'm starting to drool at the possibility of Trufant, Dunta, Bennett, Demps & Boulware in our secondary. Not to mention who we may get in the draft.
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Should be a hire that helps the team. Good job Kubes, Rick & Bob.
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Remember when Bobby Bouchet (or maybe it was Chuck Knoll) was the coach of the Steelers in the early 70's and they made 3 good drafts and went on to win 4 Super Bowls? GOOD COACHING made that possible. With the coaching staff this team is assembling and the way we've been drafting the last 2 years, we just might be the next Steel Curtain.
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Any time you get a former NFL head coach as an assistant, you have to figure you've got a quality franchise. So far, Kubiak's had two of them...
yes!! so ive been thinking
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It'll be interesting to see what effect he'll have on our young DBs, like Bennett.
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it does seem like the additions of Frank Bush last year, Sherman the previous and Alex Gibbs and Ray Rhodes this year that our coaching staff has really become a strength for us. The teams philosophy is surrounding youth with veteran wisdom. We've got some young guys in Kyle Shanahan and John Benton with several well respected and successful senior members like Gibbs, Rhodes and Bush.

I really like this way of thinking. Kubiak surrounds himself with guys that have proven ways of winning as well as guys that may bring fresh thinking and new ideas to the table. There in the middle is Kubiak. Kind of a "tweener" if you will. A veteran OC if ever there was one. (maybe the guy running the colts) But a young HC.

It looks real good.
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I'm not a big fan of his defensive schemes....but he does bring lots of needed experince to the defensive side of the ball, and I do think we needed that. Get ready for lots of soft defense in between the 20's though.
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I'm not a big fan of his defensive schemes....but he does bring lots of needed experince to the defensive side of the ball, and I do think we needed that. Get ready for lots of soft defense in between the 20's though.
So, you're saying there will not be much of a change to what we have now? Because if we get much softer between the 20's, we'd be equivalent to the Stay Puffed Marshmellow man.

Why do you say that? Does he like to play zone? I'm curious because I'm not familiar with his coaching scheme.
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So, you're saying there will not be much of a change to what we have now? Because if we get much softer between the 20's, we'd be equivalent to the Stay Puffed Marshmellow man.

Why do you say that? Does he like to play zone? I'm curious because I'm not familiar with his coaching scheme.
He's notoriously known for playing "prevent" defense and allowing the underneath passes...he's been a good coach overall though. I think we really need some more NFL experience on the defensive side of the ball and while I'm not crazy about him as a coach I think we needed some more experience back there.
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