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Texans Will Keep Defensive Line Coach Kollar

While clearing house on the defensive coaching staff, the newly hired Houston Texans defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, assured Texans would be keeping defensive line coach Bill Kollar on staff.  Kollar improved boosted the Texans’ defensive line to be a Top 10 statistically ranked rush defense, without DeMeco Ryans for the season and Brian Cushing for four games.  Kollar’s been an NFL assitant coach for seventeen seasons.  He has coached the Rams, Falcons and Bills in his tenure, and he was a defensive lineman in the league from 1974 to 1981. 

Phillips will transition the Texans defense into a 3-4 defense, pulling Kollar from his 4-3 defense comfort level.  In a 3-4 defense there are four standing linebackers and three defensive linemen; whereas, a 4-3 defense has three standing linebackers and four defensive linemen at the line.  Phillips has indicated that Earl Mitchell and Shaun Cody are pivitol for his nose tackle position, while Okoye, he said, compared to Jay Ratilff in smaller size at defensive tackle.  For defensive end, the Texans will be relying on Connor Barwin to return from his season-ending ankle surgery and Antonio Smith.  Phillips likes to blitz his outside linebackers, where Mario Williams will likely be a standing strongside linebacker, moving Brian Cushing to the weak side linebacker. DeMeco Ryans should be recovered from his achilles injury, and either Zach Diles, Kevin Bentley or Darryl Sharpton could fill in the middle as the second middle linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4.

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