[EDITOR'S NOTE] Originally, the headline was “…who is untouchable on the Texans’ defense.” After getting some feedback on Twitter, I was in agreement that there’s a big distinction between “untouchable” and “keeper,” so I made the change accordingly. Thanks to those who helped me see that.
Many of us (self included) are still convinced that despite the massive, MASSIVE failure of the 2010 season, Gary Kubiak will be back next season, especially after the vote of confidence owner Bob McNair gave him last week.
I do question the effort level in the loss at Tennessee, though I think the Texans are a far cry from “quitting” on Kubiak. But, I did see a difference. A “worse” kind of loss, if that’s possible. Most likely the Texans will rally and have a strong showing in Denver next week, but if what we saw Sunday becomes a trend, I would hope (but doubt) that McNair will also notice the difference and allow that to turn the tide of his thinking on Kubiak.
So, let’s talk fantasy for a moment, without speculating on a new coach. With any new coach would come new assistants, and inevitably, a ton of player turnover. Contracts and CBA issues complicate things, so obviously this isn’t as cut and dry as I’d like it to be for this entry – but humor me. We’re 5-9. *sniffle*
I used to bristle at talk of the Texans bringing in a defensive coordinator who would install the 3-4. Not anymore. It’s not that I’d prefer one (I wouldn’t, necessarily) but if they have a proven guru in their crosshairs, bring him on. Bring any guru on, 3-4, 4-3, 46, whatever. Do you really think this defense could get any worse than it is now if they had a WEEK to install the 3-4, much less an entire offseason? I understand that Mario Williams isn’t a good fit for the 3-4… but I’m starting to wonder what we’re going to get from him going forward. He’s dominant at times, but he’s also played hurt the majority of his career. Is a 70% Mario Williams better than a healthy (insert name here)? Of course, it depends on the name, but as devoid of talent as parts of this defense are, the scheme is just as culpable. Plus, I’m a firm believer that a great football player is a great football player. Mario Williams can adapt, at least I hope so.
Now, a piece of human garbage like Jason Babin, who complains and cries about how the only reason he wasn’t A HUGE STAR IN THE NFL prior to this season is because he was in bad schemes/fits for his talents? Not so much. Piece of crap.
Um, so anyway. On defense, you have a core of Williams, Antonio Smith, Brian Cushing, Bernard Pollard, Connor Barwin, Darryl Sharpton, and… who else? Amobi Okoye has certainly played better this year. Earl Mitchell surely has a ton of potential. DeMeco Ryans will sadly probably never be the same after his injury, but you probably have to include his name. After that, who? Glover Quin? I guess you have to keep Kareem Jackson since he’s only a rookie AND WILL SOMEDAY BE A GREAT PRO!! (WHAT? WHY?)
Some might object to including Bernard Pollard. Yeah, he has NOT been good this season, but I would think he’d be much more effective if he had ANY kind of talent/help around him in the secondary, especially at the free safety position. I could be wrong about that. I invite you to tell me so.
On offense, things are more complicated. I’m going to save that for an entirely different entry.