It is usually not the norm when a free agent comes in and takes command of a defense. Not normally, but when you’ve already sweat hundreds of hours under the sun for new Defensive Coordinator Romero Crennel, the transition to a new team can have less disruptive impact.
Enter free agents nose tackle Jerrell Powe and free safety Kendrick Lewis, both coming over from the Kansas City Chiefs. Crennel was the defensive coordinator between 2005 – 2010 and the Head Coach from 2010 until the end of last season.
“I kind of help the guys on small details on what Romeo expects and how to play the defense,” Powe said in an interview on Texans Radio. “A couple of guys asked me about certain techniques and I help them out, let them know what Romeo expects, how he likes things done and the do’s and the don’ts just to keep him happy. When he walks into the meeting and he’s happy with us, he’s pretty pleased with practice.”
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Wade Phillips loses first game as Interim Head Coach
For the second straight week, the Houston Texans struggled to play disciplined football totaling 114 yards in penalties for the second week in a row. Those negative yards were key in adding to the franchises 12 straight loss.
“That’s very disheartening,” Phillips said of the penalties. “Ten of them were in the first half which really hurt our defense. I don’t know what pass interference is anymore. I thought the guy made a heck of a play to get the ball on the one-yard line. At the end of the game, we jumped offsides. When you know its third-and-one, those kind of penalties, there’s no excuse for those.”
The game was viewed as the first of three for former Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips in which to impress team owners enough to keep him on as the head coach for next season. There are already rumors that put Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien in the running.
Things can go from bad to worse next weekend as the Texans face Peyton Manning and the #1 Team in the AFC, the Denver Broncos.
“They’re the number one offense in the league. Not just him (Manning), but their whole offense, their offensive line, their running backs. They move the ball better than anybody in the league. I think we’re fourth now in people moving the ball on us. It’s a big challenge.”
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In what has turned out to be an emotional week for the Houston Texans, there was a spot of bright news in a sea of dark. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has been cleared and released from the hospital.
“I want to thank my family, the McNair family, the Texans organization, the doctors and staff at Houston Methodist Hospital and the entire Houston community for all the love and support we have received over the past three days. I’ve been through an ordeal and my focus now is to get back to good health. Doctors have told me I will make a full recovery but we have not determined when I will be cleared to return to the office. Again, thank you for the support and concern.”
The Texans also announced that free agent signee Ed Reed will not be starting this week. Reed, one of the most sought after free agents this summer, has only recorded 14 tackles, zero pass defenses and zero forced turnovers.
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