Lovie Smith will have the Houston Texans defense ready to surprise
When the Houston Texans ended the 2020 regular season, they only had nine takeaways on the year. In three preseason games, they had 10. They surpassed their entire season total in just three preseason games. Of course, that was against backups for the main part, but someone has to have the brains to put the players in a position of success to make the play.
That’s exactly what new Defensive Coordinator Lovie Smith has done for this team. Smith has proven that he can transform just about any defense no matter where he goes. We’ve yet to see his effect on the Texans in the regular season. If it’s anywhere close to the stratosphere of which he put the Chicago Bears defense in the early 2000s then this team can really start to flourish once again.
The Texans schedule is in the middle of the road in terms of strength of schedule, and that presents a lot of “50/50” games. As mentioned previously, those one-score losses were pretty much in this same category.
The Texans don’t have to blow anyone out of the water- they just need to stay competitive in the games and hopefully plays go their way in 2021.