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Phillips Thinks Texans D Can Be One of the Best in 2011

New Texans DC Wade Phillips seems excited to run the teams defense this fall. Richard Justice of the Chronicle quoted him in today’s edition about the defense heading into 2011.

The Texans used their first five picks of this spring’s draft on defensive players and would like to add a veteran cornerback in free agency. But their biggest addition has been Phillips, who has led 12 teams to top-10 defensive rankings in his 29 seasons as a defensive coordinator or head coach.

“I just think we’ve got a chance to be real good here,” he said. “That’s part of why I came here. It wasn’t just, ‘Gosh, I’m coming home.’ I thought this was the best job out there for a defensive coordinator.”

He is high on his nose tackles — Shaun Cody (“played very well”) and Earl Mitchell (“really good-looking player”). He loves Brian Cushing’s energy (“a violent player and someone you want on your team”) and thinks Mario Williams (“he can do it”) is capable of great things as a pass-rushing linebacker.

Wade believes the Texans will be very good in the front seven but just doesn’t know what he has in the secondary, where there are question marks all over the place, beginning with second-year cornerback Kareem Jackson.

“I think technique-wise he needs a lot of work,” Phillips said. “I guess he was able to play at Alabama without a lot of technique without worrying about staying low enough or moving his feet, those kinds of things. I think that caught up with him. I think we can coach him. We’ll drill him enough that we’ll go over and over and over.”

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One Response to “Phillips Thinks Texans D Can Be One of the Best in 2011”

  1. Smitty says:

    Curious that this guy was drafted because he was considered well coached coming out of a Saban system and was deemed to be pro ready by the Texan brass. These technique shortfalls should have been equally obvious to them. Since his pathetic performance lends credence to Phillips’ assessment, you have to wonder how the Texans could have missed so badly with a 1st round pick. Hopefully, Phillips, et al can coach him up (and keep him away from porn parties and cock fights).

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