The topic here is something everybody wants more of... Sacks. Now that you've quit laughing and taken your head out of the gutter... let's get back on topic and talk about football: QB Sacks- want more of them but how do we get them? Something I've been thinking about is how much one aspect of the defense relies on another. Pass rush helps the secondary, better secondary gives the pass rushers more time to get to the QB, etc. I believe if you stop the run, your team will get more sacks. This is something the Texans need to improve upon (both run stopping and pass rushing). I want to preface this in saying that while sacks are invaluable and a great measure of how your pass rush is performing, I not only want to see that go up but QB pressures as well. Often times it's the pressure that leads to an interception... something else we've been severely lacking in. If you break everything down and get to the bare basics of things... when are sacks most likely to occur? The QB sack is most likely to occur when the offense is forced into an obvious passing situation allowing the DL (and blitz) to come full force at him. If this is a 3rd and long situation that magnifies the chances because the QB is more likely to make a 5-7 yard drop (extra time for the DL). So I think what the defense really needs to get better at is stopping the run. HUH!!?? As mentioned earlier, we're not even that good at that. If we are able to stop the run consistently on 1st and 2nd down, then that is what leads to the 3rd and long situations. If you're rebuilding a car, it's nice to have powerful engine but it's hard to take advantage of that HP if your axles broke. Stop the run = Force the offense into 3rd and longs = more sacks/interceptions. I looked at the top sack producing teams from the 2008 season (top 8 below) and what they all had in common (whether they were a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense) was that they were consistently ranked at the top of the league in rushing defense. 1. Cowboys- 59 sacks; ranked 12th in run defense. 2. Steelers- 51 sacks; ranked 2nd in run defense. 3. Eagles- 48 sacks; ranked 4th in run defense. 4. Vikings- 45 sacks; ranked 1st in run defense. 5. Titans- 44 sacks; ranked 6th in run defense. 6. Giants- 42 sacks; ranked 9th in run defense. 7. Jets- 41 sacks; ranked 7th in run defense. 8. Dolphins- 40 sacks; ranked 10th in run defense. 27. Texans- 25 sacks; ranked 23rd in run defense. So while we're all eagerly awaiting a pass rusher opposite Mario, I think the Texans should also still be focusing on DL that can stop the run (ideally do both). I think the best course of action is to get a pass rush specialist that stays fresh until needed to come in at RDE in which case Mario moves to LDE. In the meantime, we should have a good rotation of LDEs that can stop the run as well as get up field. No 3-4 ends please, but a good rotational all around type of DE. I see Antonio Smith as being the kind of DE for that spot, let's add another. Then we get to the DTs. I think a NT would be extremely helpful however I don't want to just get a run stopping 3-4 NT... we need a guy that can still penetrate. I think our DL is getting closer to what is needed but we're still a few parts away. I think we have some excellent players that fit in the rotation, like Tim Bulman and Deljuan Robinson.