The Houston Texans picked up former Dallas Cowboy Bradie James in another quiet off season move yesterday. The acquisition will definitely help bolster the inside of their 3/4 defense. With the loss of crowd favorite Demeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles, this move by the Texans adds depth and experience. Even though Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton have proven to be a solid inside linebacking corps, James’ leadership and knowledge within Wade Phillips 3/4 defense is a great asset. James had this to say about joining the Texans:
It’s a lot of high-motor guys that’s on this defense, and you can tell they’re very self-motivated. The cohesion is here, and these guys get after it. Just watching film and being in Texas, we got a chance to keep up with each other. Having that 3-4 experience, you just keep up with other [teams] who’s playing the 3-4 and see if we can steal something, because it’s a copy-cat league. They just stuck out all the time. Cush played well. [Danieal] Manning played well. Antonio Smith played well. All these guys. J.J. [Watt] is just – he has a high motor. The two outside ‘backers [Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed]. Coming from Dallas, we had D-Ware [DeMarcus Ware] and [Anthony] Spencer. We have two outside ‘backers that are just relentless. This whole defense, if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do and if you’re not flying around, you will stick out like a sore thumb.-Bradie James
Aside from tallying over 100 tackles in 5 of his 9 seasons (including 200 in 2008 joining Eugene Lockhart as the only other Cowboy to accomplish the feat), James brings other positive intangibles to the Texans. James was the Cowboys defensive captain for several years while playing for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, displaying leadership that will only serve to make an already top defense even better. Furthermore, James handling of his diminished playing time last year under Rob Ryan is more evidence of great character.
“When I was younger, it would have been tougher to really understand what is going on,” said James, who volunteered for special teams work early in the season but wasn’t on any of those units Sunday. “Now, I see. My legacy is helping these younger guys and winning football games. That’s all I care about and that’s what we stress in practice all day long. … “
The Texans have managed to put together a strong team that has stayed away from most off field negativity. James will be a great a fit for the Texans on the field with his familiarity of Phillips and the 3/4 defense. His experience and leadership will serve the team perfectly.