Only the 1993 Houston Oilers changed defensive coordinators and had a good enough defense to help the team into the post season. The Houston Hitmen as they were deemed then needed a full preseason and six weeks of regular season before they knew how to function under Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense.
The 93 Oilers didn’t have a NFL lockout to contend with when it came to installing the defense in the off season either. The lockout is definitely putting a strain on the defense as a whole especially on the secondary and linebackers.
The group of players with the smallest of learning curves will be the interior linemen. It’s not exactly rocket science to put your hand down on the ground and as they say, “meet at the quarterback.”
Even rookie first round pick J.J. Watt feels the same way. In a recent interview with
espnmilwaukee.com…ESPN Milwaukee!? We have to agree with Alan Burge of the Houston Texans Examiner that we in fact are being punked Houston!
Anyway let’s leave that topic alone for another day and get back to the subjct of J.J. Watt.
Watt admits during the interview, “I think for my position, playing defensive end, it’s going to be a little bit easier than some of the other positions,” said Watt. “I know my gap, I know my assignment.”
Time is ticking down for everyone involved in installing the new 3-4 defense as the lockout continues to crawl along and preseason inches closer. Watt however did have an opportunity to get acquainted with Coach Phillips the day after the draft and has a copy of the playbook so as Watt puts it, “I’m not going in 100% cold.”
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