Once again.... As fans we like the downfield pass plays, the bombs that bring us to our feet with enough noise to blow Reliant's walls out. We love the breath taking runs by the tailbacks all the things that make NFL football the uniquely American artform that it is. It is America's number one sport and that is no more true than right here in the cradle of football passion and talent - Texas. Yet none of that is possible without the guys up front holding their blocks long enough to allow the receiver to actually get 18 or 20 or more yards downfield. Running backs, regardless of the name, don't open holes by themselves - not consistently anyway. In short, the line - on both sides of the ball - is the engine that drives the machine. This franchise's failure is nowhere more evident than right there; our lines have been the laughing stock of the NFL for five years. Ladd Herzeg may have been a classless jerk who saw nothing wrong with mooning a wedding party, but he knew how to build a football team, and Mike Holavak after him. Warren Moon is in the Hall of fame today, but without the likes of Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews, Dean Steinkuler, and David Williams, he wouldn't be. What all these guys have in common is they were first round draft choices and Moon's jersey stayed clean in spite of his throwing the ball anywhere from 35 to 50 times a game. Poke fun at our B-list secondary all you want, but the defensive line sure doesn't make their job easy. There are no Ray Childress, William Fuller, or Sean Jones to be found among this group. Mario Williams may soon have his name mentioned among that pedigree, but he needs help. "The lines drive the car. The sleek body design and leather interior is nice, but its whats under the hood that matters." Go ahead and talk about Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Calvin Johnson, and D'Wayne Jarret all you want, but the Texans offense will be the same old crap regardless of who is at the skill positions IF the line doesn't improve. Charles Spencer looked promising in the limited amount of time we were able to see him, Eric Winston may develop into a player, but we need more. Get me Joe Thomas. LaRon Landry or Leon Hall won't be able to cover Marvin Harrison and Drew Bennett forever, we need a pass rush to make the quarterback unload the ball. Its amazing how much better a secondary looks when the quarterback isn't allowed to casually go through his reads without so much as a second thought to the pass rush. Put Gaines, Adams or Alan Branch on the line with Mario and I bet Dunta and Petey Faggins suddenly get better. Our secondary, particularly the safties, need a serious upgrade, but a consistenly weak pass rush often makes them look worse than they really are. So if the it is announced that the Texans take another lineman, offensive or defensive this April, try to keep that in mind as you are cursing our front office..again..