The Houston Texans just wrapped up two weeks of Organized Team Activities and the head coach is pleased with their defensive development.
“I thought we ended the week with one of our best defensive practices,” Gary Kubiak said to the Houston Chronicle. “That means it probably wasn’t very good offensively. But that’s good.
“We’ve got good competition going on, and we’ve been good and healthy through the first six (OTAs). We’ve got a lot of things to cover next week, but I’ve been pleased.”
A year ago -coming off being one of the worst defensive teams in the league- this quote would have been exciting and especially welcome for a team with their secondary issues. Now that Wade Phillips is in the fold, this quote, and the teams dominant defensive performance is expected from last year’s second ranked defense.
This is also expected because the Texans’ two most important players are battling injuries. Andre Johnson is still recovering from a knee scope a few weeks ago; Matt Schaub’s foot is still regaining strength from a Lisfranc injury suffered in a week 10 match-up against Tampa Bay that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Both are expected to be ready for training camp.
Phillips impact on the defense has been nothing short of amazing.
Kubiak and Phillips go together like peanut butter and jelly. When Kubiak handles the offense and Phillips commanders the defense, the combination is perfect for the Texans.
The Texans have their last four OTAs next week, followed by a minicamp June 12-14.
It is an exciting time to be a Texans’ fan. Their window is here and now.