Kubiak Presents Questions, Challenges for 2011 Texans Defense

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is still in the midst of putting together next season’s Texans defense.  This offseason, we’ve seen Zach Diles, Eugene Wilson and Bernard Pollard go nontendered or unsigned.  Glover Quin may move to free safety and Troy Nolan and Dominique Barber could compete at strong safety. In addition, returning former defensive end Connor Barwin will change positions to linebacker, but which side?  Moving Brian Cushing another time shouldn’t be a problem if he’s put in the right place to succeed, something defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is known to do for his players. On Barwin, Kubiak said no matter what, he’s in the plans at linebacker:

“The question is, does Connor play the strong side or weak side?  We were counting on him huge last year. We’ve put in packages for him. We’re looking forward to him coming back and seeing what he does with Wade.”

For Quin, some spectators are licking their chops at the opportunity for the Texans to draft Nebraska’s young cornerback Prince Amukamara to fill Quin’s void at cornerback.  That would cement a possible change to free safety for Glover Quin, who has exceptional jumping ability with average speed.  Kubiak said the possibility of a shift to free safety:

“I think he can, but he’s our best corner. Until we feel comfortable out there, we’re not going to move him and create another issue. What we get done in the offseason will have a lot to do with where he lines up because he’s still the best corner on our team.”

In other news, but important news.  McClain also reported Kubiak’s on to something.  With every playoff and championship run there’s a coach instilling winning in his team.  For the defense, McClain reported Kubiak talked about the Green Bay Packers’ defense ability to win both a high scoring game and low scoring shut out.  He said that ability, “(t)hat’s got to be on our player’s mind.”


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