Just How Good Is the Texans Secondary Supposed to Be?

With football season approaching, I’ve started paying more attention to the Texans. And I haven’t liked what I’ve been seeing. I know Drew Brees and Tony Romo are exceptional quarterbacks who have outstanding receivers and good running backs and have good offensive lines protecting them, but still, the way they dissected the Texans defense the past two preseason games just doesn’t leave me with room for a lot of hope about the future.

But thankfully, the Texans coaching staff is around to remind that the things aren’t as bad as I think when it comes to the Texans secondary. Defensive guru Richard Smith told the Chron that this year’s secondary is better than last year’s, and that they’ve got a real decision over who should or shouldn’t make this year’s roster. “Go through it in your own mind. Which of those guys doesn’t belong on an NFL roster?” Smith told the Chron. “I can’t say any of them. All of those players are really good football players. So when you have that decision to make it’s very hard. But you can’t keep everybody. … What’s positive is our organization has given us some good players to make good competition and now it’s our job to make sure we make the right decision.”

And this just really makes me wonder whether I’m seeing the same things week in and week out. I know that part of the secondary’s problem lies with the inability of the team’s highly-paid first round draft choices on the defensive line to put any kind of pressure on the quarterback. But damn, at some point, these guys have got to be able to do something about those receivers wandering in the defensive backfield.

But if Smith thinks that all the guys in camp deserve a spot on the regular season roster, then I’ve really got to wonder about his ability to choose talent, because I see it a bit differently than he does. Or maybe it’s not the talent. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the coaching. Maybe his coaching just isn’t up to par. Then again, based on Richard Justice’s writing, it appears that Smith isn’t the only coach with the Texans who doesn’t quite no how coach.

Also, I just want to note that Texans’ receiver/special teams’ player Harry Williams came through spinal surgery okay, but it appears that he will never be able to play football again. But the good news is that he will walk again, and a football career just kind of pales when compared to that. Williams is the second Texan player to be lost to a spinal injury within a year. Defensive tackle Cedric Killings fractured his C-4 vertebrae in a headlong collision with Indianapolis Colts receiver Roy Hall last September – Williams has regained the ability to walk. – John Royal


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