What’s wrong with Texas’ defensive line?
The Texans are the only team in the NFL to not have a single first-team All-Pro in the past five years, with defensive tackle Jadeveon Clowney leading the way.
They have a number of talented young players, but the defense is in need of a serious upgrade.
Here are five things to know about the Texans’ defensive front.
Jadeveone Clowney was a dominant pass rusher in his first season with the Texans.
He has had a breakout season with six sacks, but his sack total was the lowest of his career.
He was just as dominant in 2016, leading the league in sacks with 11.5.
He also leads the league with eight forced fumbles, the third-most among defensive linemen behind only Von Miller and Khalil Mack.
Clowney also has been the team’s leader in pass rush productivity with a career-best 10.5 sacks per game.
Houston is in a contract year, which means it’s time for the front office to consider overhauling the defensive front, which is a huge area for improvement.
In addition to improving the pass rush, the front needs to upgrade its secondary.
Cornerback Kareem Jackson has had his best season as a pro.
He ranks third in pass deflections and is second with three interceptions.
It’s easy to forget that the Texans had the league’s fourth-most interceptions last year.
The Texans also lost cornerback Quinten Rollins to free agency.
The front office needs to bring back veteran pass rushers.
It has been three years since the Texans won a playoff game, and they are just two years removed from losing a Super Bowl.
The defense needs a major upgrade.
The offensive line struggled to stay healthy and was inconsistent last season.
The linebackers didn’t perform at the NFL level, and it was a huge reason why the Texans were unable to win a playoff series.
This front is going to need a major overhaul if they want to contend in the AFC South.
The defensive line has been one of the biggest issues for the Texans this season.
They finished last in the league against the run and were the worst run defense in the entire league last season, surrendering just 38.5 rushing yards per game and scoring just two touchdowns.
The pass rush has also been a problem, as Houston allowed just one touchdown on the ground in 2016.
If the front doesn’t improve the pass rushing, the Texans could be facing another year of mediocrity on offense.
It should be noted that Houston’s defense is just one of many problems in the Texans defense.
The team has also struggled with turnovers.
The secondary has struggled, and the offense has struggled with quarterback struggles.
The offense is also getting beat too easily by the run.
The quarterback has also shown that he’s not the franchise quarterback the Texans envisioned.