Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals: 1st quarter recap (defense)


Dec 2, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J J Watt (99) awaits play to resume against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. The Texans beat the Titans 24-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire

The first quarter is in the books, and boy did we get to see a lot of the Texans defense out there. That’s really not a good thing and a good thing. However, here we are, preseason is playing as we speak so let’s take a fast “Good, Bad, and Ugly”.

The Good:

J.J. Watt. Okay, yes there was some other good out there. Jadeveon Clowney’s speed is now on display, when he’s rushing, he’s amazing. Coverage is for… later in the this discussion. Back to the good. Second play of the game had Watt and Clowney lined up, right side and Watt took down Palmer. It was a thing of beauty friends, a thing of beauty. Later in the 1st quarter, Clowney managed a heck of a run stop, I think that was what? 6 yards into the backfield? Amazing stuff.

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The Bad:

Clowney, in coverage. He got beat bad on an outside route by the tight end. He was in the area, but you can tell he’s not comfortable doing that. When he’s asked to rush, he’s amazing. I know it’s just the first game of the preseason, but is it too late to ask he be moved to DE and just rush?

The Ugly:

Wow, did we make Palmer look like Manning, made Drew Stanton look like Drew Brees. Why you ask? Brandon Harris. 38 yard pass interference, multiple time burned. It was the worst of last season on display out there. The rest of the back field, I don’t know what kinda zone coverage they are trying for, but this ain’t working. Maybe it’s first game mistakes, lack of key players. Who knows. What I do know is man that backfield is weak. Something tells me there will be a lot of long, long film watching on Monday. Probably some waiver wire searches are being run from NRG offices as we watch this game.

Stay tuned as we update moving forward in this, the opening of the Bill O’Brien era!

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