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Y!Sports: Texans Secondary Ranked Last in NFL

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports have ranked the Houston Texans’ starting secondary dead last in the NFL:

32. Houston Texans: Oh boy, this is scary. Projected starting CBs Glover Quin and Brice McCain have a combined one interception. Of course, they were both rookies last season, but there’s not much behind them with Jacques Reeves and rookie Kareem Jackson. At least the safeties, Bernard Pollard and Eugene Wilson, are experienced. But Pollard and Wilson are both roughly league-average players. Put it together and you have offensive coordinators licking their chops. Bottom line, the Texans’ front seven better have some serious pass rush or this group is going to get lit up.

The opinion is a surprising one seeing that the Texans secondary ranked in the middle of the pack  in the significant pass defense statistics, and the Texans secondary only improved in 2010.  Yes, I believe there’s an improvement from a severly injured, long-ball prone Dunta Robinson to a young and well-disciplined Kareem Jackson.  Cole’s rankings come off as a quick throw together/haven’t-heard-of-them-yet type write-up.  Guys like Glover Quinn and Bernard Pollard will become Houston household names in 2010, if not already.  Pollard will be a top defensive back or safety IDP pick in fantasy leagues.  Eugene Wilson’s experience will boost the Texans secondary.  And the presence of Kareem Jackson should up the competitive play of Brice McCain and Jacques Reeves.  The Texans’ secondary can always be better; in fact, every year it has been better than the last.  So I’d expect better things in 2010 than a last ranked secondary.

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3 Responses to “Y!Sports: Texans Secondary Ranked Last in NFL”

  1. My Dad's Son says:

    Great comeback, Jesse. Jason Cole’s statements scream run-down, quick throw-together. My work is always well-researched, and your piece was as well. “Patriot Killer” Bernard Pollard will make a trip to the Pro Bowl this year and Kareem Jackson will exceed expectations, blowing the minds of most pundits. Jason didn’t even acknowledge Jackson is the starter….big OOPS there, too. Nice work, enjoyed the post!

  2. Jesse Rios says:

    Thanks, I was definitely surprised to see Cole’s shoddy work, especially missing Jackson as a starter. Research is the name of the game! I look forward to checking out more of your Texans posts on B/R! Solid Impact Rookie Rankings by the way.

  3. Texan Rick says:

    Jason Cole should be embarrassed for this so called analysis/ranking. McCain has never been projected as a starter (he should be our dime corner this year). Robinson was overrated and his metrics on Pro Football Focus prove that. Plus he was a locker room cancer that disturbed team chemistry. Quin was above average as a rookie last year and should be much better this year. Kareem Jackson was the #1 CB on a great defensive Alabama team and will be solid if not spectacular from day 1. Pollard was finally given a chance to be the “destroyer” that he is and really shined in the Texans scheme and Wilson is a savvy veteran leader that makes very few mental mistakes. Reeves is a solid #3 CB that could start for a number of teams and backing up both safeties is a good, young up and comer in Dominique Barber.

    With an improved front seven, this secondary has a very good chance for a top 10 ranking against the pass and should be no worse than middle-of-the pack.

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