Texans Picking Their Poison With Sagging Pass Coverage, Crennel Says

Brandon Scott
September 26, 2019 - 5:05 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) -- Texans cornerbacks are making strategic business decisions in how they cover wide receivers.

There have been questions from fans and media about why they aren't pressing opposing receivers. 

Aaron Colvin was cut after the Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He was notably sagging off Ted Ginn Jr. on the game-winning drive for the Saints, allowing them to get into field goal range.

Veteran Johnathan Joseph plays further back, but is usually in position to make a play on the ball or receiver. 

Here is what defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said when asked about it Thursday:

“You have to pick your poison in this game. So you could get up and if you press them, the guy runs past you, it’s a touchdown and then you’d be asking why am I letting the guys run past me for touchdowns. A guy plays off and he catches it in front of him and you’re not crazy about that either. Neither am I.

“But it’s a chess match that you’re playing.”

Joseph is the only cornerback from last year's group who is still on the team.

Bradley Roby, who has been impressive in the first three games, was signed as a free agent over the offseason.

Rookie Lonnie Johnson Jr. was drafted by the Texans in the second round this year. 

Joseph said the more football the secondary plays together, the better they will get.

"I think communication is the biggest thing," Joseph said. "I think as we get deeper in the season, we'll continue to trend in the right direction."

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