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Old 04-02-2012   #41
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Our D gave up 16 defensive rushing TDs last year without any heavy in the middle. That was the 7th worst in the league. I remain concerned.
As I said...plenty of beef up front. I still want to upgrade Kareem however and we need more depth.
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As I said...plenty of beef up front. I still want to upgrade Kareem however and we need more depth.
I'd be curious to see our last year's red zone run defense, and 3rd and short, and 4th and short run stats.
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I'd be curious to see our last year's red zone run defense, and 3rd and short, and 4th and short run stats.
Dunno the answer, Doc but fast forward to about 8:30 and the Texans "D" passes the eye test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPlMd...eature=related
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Dunno the answer, Doc but fast forward to about 8:30 and the Texans "D" passes the eye test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPlMd...eature=related
Damn Cushing is a damn beast man!!!!

Watching him reminds me of a Lion on a Wildebeest when he sacks a QB. It's like he jumps up on them and sinks his claws and teeth in and won't let go.
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Dunno the answer, Doc but fast forward to about 8:30 and the Texans "D" passes the eye test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPlMd...eature=related

No doubt, that was a beautiful play! We had a great D as a whole. Still wondering in general if anyone can come up with stats to address my question.
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What about the sub packages? The Texan's defense is in a nickel or dime at least sixty percent of the time. They spent years stopping Joseph Addai on first down only to have Manning take their lunch money on passing downs.

I would like to have a big heavy in the middle as much as anyone, but as the analysts continue to remind us it is a passing league. Realistically, there are but a few teams in the NFL that can run the ball well. The Texans would be better served looking for an ILB that can stay on the field on passing downs alongside Cushing.

That being said, my suspicion is that the Texans will draft either a defensive tackle or a defensive end by the fourth round. Mitchell spent a lot of time in rotation at DE in the latter part of 2011 due to lack of depth after Williams' injury. They could look early for a player like Fletcher Cox DT-MISS ST who could play at multiple positions along the defensive line much like JJ Watt, but I don't think they'll do it in the first round.

More teams will challenge the Texans through the air than will on the ground.
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Draft another stud front 7 guy, then a couple of O linemen, then TE, FB whatever. Get a free agent WR and convince LeStar Jean to change his name. They don't need much other than protection on offense. That defense can win plenty of games if the offense just takes care of the ball and cashes in on the d's turnovers. The defense will be legendary if they stay healthy. They were historically great last year, Cam Newton's unconscious game play not withstanding. That guy is a freaking stud.
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Dunno the answer, Doc but fast forward to about 8:30 and the Texans "D" passes the eye test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPlMd...eature=related
At the 8:30 mark is Tim Dobbins on the goal line stop.
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Dunno the answer, Doc but fast forward to about 8:30 and the Texans "D" passes the eye test.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPlMd...eature=related
Damn. That video is straight up bad ass. It makes me pissed that football season isn't 52 weeks long. It also makes me miss Mario.

Oh well...when one man steps down, another man steps up...
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