Final Stats are up on all the teams in the league on Football Outsiders. The Texans final rankings are Offense -13 Defense -30 Special Teams-3 Check out the detailed rankings here. Stark, isn't it? Here's the specific rankings for defense: Last year, they were 31st in the league, so they improved by one spot relative to their peers. Against the pass they were 27th. Against the rush they were 29th. Given all the defensive coordinators who have been kicked to the curb so far, how come Richard Smith being a gonner doesn't get into the discussion by the Chronicle? Solomon has spoken about it some, how he doesn't like some of the defensive scheme calls. Zierlein says he's seen some bright spots with scheme. McClain has a soft spot for ex-Oilers. He talked about fans in general calling for the heads of lots of Texans coaches and through Smith into the mix, but given how the play of the defense is an albatross to the team, I think having a Smith only discussion is valid. Justice doesn't talk Texans unless it has something to do with the head coach, quarterback or Mario. He says hey, don't know how much is player available due to injury v. coaches/scheme. Manfull, I'm not sure have any opinions different than anyone elses. Campbell is too new to the beat. Robertson has interesting stuff to say about the Texans, but not of this sort of nature. Stats don't tell the whole story. Certainly, it would have helped the defense to not have so many offensive turnovers and get put on their heels a lot defending short fields. Even so, when facing good offenses, the Texans look horrible. When facing bad offenses, the Texans have to hope for the offenses to make mistakes. Errant throws. Or bad play calling (like giving up on the run when they don't need to). The Jags game is typical of the type of defense the Texans played all year. They were playing ahead for most of the game. At home. Against a bunch of backups. And looked like poop on a stick. I know a lot of people might say that there needs some gelling. I can see that on the offense--there's enough bright parts of that where I can see that getting to know the offense better will help. The only thing I see on defense is smelling. Just a few outstanding individual efforts in a pile of goo. I don't think Smith is going to get canned, but I sure would like something to make me feel better about the defense going into year 3 Kubiak other than, gee our guys will be more experienced. Oh, and Joe Marciano for president.