Houston Texans make more cuts

By Chris Shelton

Within a short span the Houston Texans have lost two of their best defensive players as Mario Williams signed with the Buffalo Bills and Demeco Ryans was just traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to John McClain, the Texans received a fourth round pick and swapped third round picks with the Eagles.

The Texans defensive front seven will have a completely different look at the onset of training camp next season.

Ryans and Williams were instrumental in the Texans serge to the top of the AFC South when the team won the division.

Both were also part of the Texans 2006 draft, which became the deepest and most talent-laden in its history. The draft also included Eric Winston and Owen Daniels, both were very productive players during their tenure in Houston.

Winston was also cut this off-season. He signed with Kansas City.

Both Ryans and Williams were the leaders of the defense. Ryans in particular was the emotional leader.

Losing Ryans is a big mental blow to the defense. His leadership and play-making ability will be missed on this defense.

Texans General Manager, Rick Smith stated, “DeMeco Ryans contributed significantly toward helping us build the foundation we hope will bring a world championship to the city of Houston. His professionalism and leadership cannot be over-exaggerated. This move was mutually beneficial for the Texans’ immediate and long-term goals, DeMeco’s career, and the Philadelphia Eagles. We appreciate all the hard work and effort DeMeco invested in our organization and wish him only the best moving forward. He is a class act.”

However the moves were not totally unexpected.

In the case of Ryans, his role on the team was diminishing in Wade Phillips 3-4 defense. Ryans was a dominant 4-3 linebacker but was only used sparingly on third downs. He was usually off the field on the most critical play of the possession.

With a role that may have continued to decline, it may have been a good move for both parties involved to split at this time.

In Philadelphia, Ryan can have a more prominent role on a talented team which is a legitimate title contender.

Ryans will improve the Eagles prowess up the middle. They need it.

This adds another position to the Texans’ needs. Their laundry list is already long.

It includes pass rusher, wide receiver, corner back and now inside linebacker.

Its a tough task to get better in the NFL, especially when you lose 4 starters.

But the Texans will strive to do so.

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