I have noticed that many posters have stated one of the main reasons they would not want Bill Cowher is because he runs a 3-4 defense. This post is not advocating that Bill Cowher be hired. In fact I want the best possible person to be our head coach next year: whether they use a 3-4 or 4-3 base Defense. I think it is a mistake to not hire a potentially great coach just because we do not think we have the personal for a particular system. I believe we have most of the personal that can fit into either system. Here me out. At the moment, I think we will finish around .500. That will place us midround in each draft round. It is my belief that we could turn into a tweener D next year(kinda like what Denver is doing) and be a full time 3-4 the following year, IF we chose to go that route. So, what I will do is use the current roster and make draft picks to supplement. 3-4 So the basic 3-4 looks like this DL-NT-DL LB LB LB LB CB SS FS CB 1) DL If the Texans went to a 3-4, what might it looks it? This system failed in the Capers era because we did not have the prototypical NT. Compare the Capers era 3-4 without a studly NT with the Jets (Kris Jenkins), Steelers (Casey Hampton), and Ravens (Ngata). Now clearly, the Texans do not have such a player, but for the purpose of this exercise, I will draft a player: NT Dan Williams from Tennessee. He is the prototypical NT that can occupy blockers and penetrate. He is the kind of NT we would need to pull off the 3-4. The nice thing about him is you can play a traditional (think Steelers) and non traditional (think Ravens) 3-4. The traditional 3-4 utilizes a monster NT and 2 lighter DEs(under 300lbs). The Ravens go with all kinds of looks. Sometimes Ngata lines up in a "DE" position sometimes he is in the traditional NT slot. Sometimes the Ravens line up 1NT, 1DT, 1 DE. So, for them its all over the place. Let's put Super Mario at one spot(he could be our Shaun Ellis or Richard Seymour?) and use a rotation at the other DE spot(Smith/okoye, Bulman etc). Putting Mario here allows him to exploit mismatches and get to the QB much easier. He can play solidly against the run and will be a nightmare to face in passing downs. 2) LB So, in a 3-4 you need 4 linebackers. Htown has several good options, but lets get to the obvious one first. Demeco will take one of the two inside LB positions. Now, to fill it out. I would put Diles next to Meco as the second ILB. He would fill in great here. On the ends are our OLBs, the guys who need to be super studs on this D. So, whom do I choose? I would put none other than Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin at these spots. Barwin is a more natural fit at 3-4OLB and could become our version of a Mike Vrabel type of player. Now, think about a 3-4 lineup where you know that Maro is coming from one side, Big Dan is gonna push up the middle, a fresh Dlineman crashing the party and then 4 linebackers that can blitz and cover? Where is the 4th rusher? Is it Cush or Barwin from the outside? Will Meco come up the middle? Intriguing possibilities. We could do this by simply choosing one NT. We could then use the other choices to get a starting OG and FS. If we want to make more changes we could draft Micah Johnson, ILB from Kentucky to play next to Meco in the 4th round. We could also grab a So, if we took best FS in round 1(like Earl Thomas from Texas), NT Dan Williams in the second, best OG in the third (like Mike Johnson), and Alabama Micah Johnson ILB in the 4th we would have all the pieces to transition into a 3-4/4-3 hybrid system. SO, basically my point is, do not eliminate a potential coach just because he runs a 3-4, we could go that way without too much difficulty if we really wanted.