By Harry Latham-Coyle
With Mike Vrabel possibly departing the team for a head coaching job, the Houston Texans may well be looking for a new defensive coordinator. Vrabel’s predecessor Romeo Crennel is rumored to be retaking the reigns after his promotion to assistant head coach last year, and his 2016 defense was an elite unit.
But if the team does choose to look outside the organization, could they look to move away from the 3-4 that has become so familiar since J.J. Watt’s arrival, and install a base 4-3 defense? The Texans already utilize a number of 4-3 looks, and regularly use nickel packages with four down linemen to maximize pass-rushing potential. As such, the existing personnel should be relatively comfortable in the scheme.
Houston has the players to excel in a 4-3 Over Front:
To run a successful 4-3 defense the linebackers have to be smart and athletic. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ front seven was perhaps the most dominant unit in football this season, and the consistently strong play of Paul Posluszny, Myles Jack and Telvin Smith were crucial in allowing the defensive linemen to thrive in front of...