Oh, We Got Trouble...Right Here in Bayou City,
With a Capital "T" and that rhymes with "D" and that stand for Defense!
Leading the league in laughable Defense has put the skids on a not too distant and once promising start to the Houston Texans 2010 Campaign.
Instead of spending time in the Houston Texans locker room to ask them what went wrong where for the 2nd time in 14 days they had been blown out of their own building, I went to speak with the stars of the New York Giants' Defense.
I asked in a private conversation with Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck what was it about their Front Four that made them so special and productive that other teams' D-lines just didn't seem to be able to figure out.
They told me that in the end, as nice as strength, size, and speed are...it's really about the desire to get the job done. Period. They went on to explain that the additional benefit of truly believing in one another and trusting each other enough to perform as a unit, instead of 4 individuals, puts them over the top.
That's the problem with the Houston Texans Defense. They have a front line of attack that plays without real desire and hunger. They're willing to compete against opponents in the categories of strength, size, and speed...but not heart. And they certainly don't work together as a unit.
Until the #1 overall draft pick of 2006 leads the rest of the Front Four onward and upward, he leads them nowhere. And until it's a scarier proposition for an opposing Quarterback to line up across from Mario Williams than it is for a Houston Texans fan to ask for his autograph, he'll continue to lead this team's defense nowhere.
We got trouble.