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Cowher Thinks Texans Will Have Success in a 3-4 Defense writer Pat Kirwan says he caught up with former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, who commented about the Texans going from a 4-3 to a 3-4 this season, and Cowher thinks the Texans will have success with it.

I recently got a chance to sit down with Bill Cowher, a man who spent his whole career looking for 3-4 pass rushers. So who better to examine building the defense than the former Steelers coach.

Cowher was quick to point out that Phillips is a very good coach and knows what he’s doing. Even though Phillips has been running the 3-4 scheme for years, many have questioned the wisdom of moving Williams’ 6-foot-6, 290-pound frame from end to linebacker.

However, Phillips has talked about the Texans playing more of a 5-2 defense, where five linemen will be used with two inside linebackers. In that scheme, Phillips has said Williams will often line up as the weakside linebacker, but basically still be an end playing on his feet more.

Cowher cited how effective Bruce Smith, who played under Phillips during the late stages of his time in Buffalo, was as a five-technique defensive end and produced pressure on the quarterback and has more sacks than any other NFL player in history. Cowher’s point was that the defensive end in the 3-4 can still be a very dangerous player, and if the outside linebacker next to him is someone versatile like Darryl Talley was for Smith the defense works.

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