New Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips more or less agrees with conventional wisdom regarding his new team’s defense. He likes the front seven, but he’s not sure about the team’s secondary.
Starting with last year’s first-round pick, Kareem Jackson.
“I think technique-wise he needs a lot of work,” Phillips told John McLain of the Houston Chronicle. “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.”
A lot of the talk about the Texans defense this offseason has centered around the front seven. Brian Cushing will move inside, Mario Williams will play linebacker, and DeMeco Ryans is getting healthy.
But Phillips likes that talent and believes Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell are better than people think on the defensive line. The biggest question remains in the secondary, which the team figures to address in free agency.
More than anything, they need Jackson and this year’s second round pick Brandon Harris to come through.