Payne: Texans Can't Fix Defense With Scheme Alone

How good does Anthony Weaver need to be as first-year defensive coordinator?

Payne and Pendergast
February 27, 2020 - 1:47 pm

The Texans are without a first-round pick and cap space that needs to be used on high-profile players like quarterback Deshaun Watson and left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

They don't have the flexibility to make a major move for a cornerback to improve their pass defense, or an edge rusher to help them pressure quarterbacks. 

With the Texans' hands somewhat tied, how good does Anthony Weaver need to be as a first-year defensive coordinator?

We discussed that on the show this morning. 

Seth had this to say:

"I think you could fix a lot of their issues with just one really good cornerback. That's what it comes down to in a lot of respects because at the very least, even if you don't have great pass rushers, then you can blitz when you've got good defensive backs. ...

"I think they can get back to being a mediocre defense with a few tweaks and a few changes and maybe some improved play by Gareon Conley and Lonnie Johnson. Lonnie Johnson's a tall task. Always remember the lesson of Kareem Jackson. Kareem Jackson looked like a flat out bust his rookie year. Then he came back and over the next few years, and especially with Wade Phillips as his defensive coordinator, he became a really, really good cornerback. ...

"They can't fix that defense with scheme alone because the scheme wasn't the issue. Romeo Crennel -- whatever your issues with him are -- he's had consistently good defenses with the Texans. It was personnel that was the issue."

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