Overview

 

  1. Head Coach: Bill O’Brien
  2. Defensive Coordinator: Romeo Crennel
  3. Defensive Back Coach: John Butler
  4. Base Defense Scheme: 3-4
  5. Transactions:
  6. Draft Picks: CB Kevin Johnson

 

Projected Starters

 

CornerBack # 1: Johnathan Joseph
CornerBack # 2: Kareem Jackson
Strong Safety : Eddie Pleasant
Free Safety : Rahim Moore

 

Backups/ Potential Starters: Kevin Johnson, A.J Bouye, Dre Hal, Lonnie Ballentine

The Numbers

 

Total Fantasy Points Allowed to WR: 413.60

Average Fantasy Points Per game against to WR: 25.85

Total Receiving Touchdowns Allowed: 21

Total Receiving Yards Allowed:2,849

Average Receiving yards per game against: 178.06

 

Strengths

 

The Houston Texans Defensive backfield returns both starting cornerbacks from a season ago along with highly selected draft pick Kevin Johnson. Johnathan Joseph is a very underrated corner who generally gets overlooked when discussing the first tier of elite corner backs in the NFL but always plays well. Kareem Jackson is another capable corner but many wonder how well both their inefficiencies are hidden by the stellar play of the front 7. Still that has to be considered as well and playing in front of J.J. Watt definitely has its perks. Knowing that, they also have playmakers around Watt who make this defense one of the best in the NFL.

 

Weaknesses

 

Both starting safeties are new to the Texans starting lineup this year. Eddie Pleasant played in only 7 games last year and never played any starter snaps. Rahim Moore comes over from Denver. Their strengths and weaknesses definitely fit each other well as Moore is a standout in coverage and can patrol the middle of the field like a center fielder, while Pleasant plays the run almost exclusively. On paper they look like they match up well and should be able to fit into the overall Texans D quite well.

 

Overall Outlook

 

I was not expecting the beatdown that this unit was given by the Chiefs in week 1. The chiefs seemed to score at will and Travis Kelce was running wide open all day long. If they cannot figure it out in week 2 then its definitely time to start targetting them against teams that have strong offensive lines. If the quarterback gets time against this defense then he may find it very easy to complete passes up and down the field.