With all the fluff peices coming from Houstontexans.com and some of the posters on here who have reservations about key members of the defense fitting into wade's 3-4. I wanted to go back and watch wade's defense to see for myself where the truth lies. Defensive Line- Main job is to stop the run. You'll have two players who can play the 5 technique or 3 technique on the field and one nose tackle Antonio Smith- Needs to put weight on.. Last season he was in the 270-280 range and this year will need to be in the low 290's. I expect him to have a good year in wade's defense. His ability to penetrate will be key in the 3-4. Earl Mitchell & Cody- After watching Ratliff of the cowboys I can see Mitchell being very effective in that role. Penetration from the NT just blows up plays. Cody I believe will be less effective penetrating and much better at holding his ground. Makes for a good complimentary team to man the Nose. JJ Watts- Very excited about his potential in the 3-4. Will give the defensive line a unique ability to both play the run well and be a plus passrusher. His ability to batt down balls will be very nice for demeco Ryans and cushing. I expect him to be an upgraded Marcus Spears on the DL. General Observations when watching Wades Defense - DL could be a big upgrade, especially when compared to the cowboys. Cowboys only had one player on the DL that could generate any type of pass rush and that was the NT. -Expect Watts, Smith and Earl to split time in the nickle packages. -Watts will really upgrade the Defense, but not be a sexy player for fans. -NT must get penetration and still have the ability to shed the double team. In comparing the two defensive lines I believe texans defense will be slightly worse against the run but better against the pass. The next update will be the LB's lots of good stuff there.