Texans' plans at nose tackle remain to be seen

Posted Jan. 22, 2011 @ 11:52 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

One of the many questions facing the Texans in the transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 is who will play nose tackle. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, when asked at his introductory press conference about DT Amobi Okoye's ability to play over the nose, pointed out he has coached a variety of players in the middle and that he will ask his linemen to do what they do best. He noted that smaller linemen like former Broncos NT Greg Kragen (267 pounds) and current Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff (305 pounds) were able to play in his scheme. "Again, we played different techniques with the different guys," Phillips said. "Ted Washington, who was huge, we played him more in the middle. Some of the other guys we played on the edges more, and some of them we had them stunt a lot, and others we made them play more of a technique player. It depends on what they can do." Okoye, at 315 pounds, is the biggest defensive tackle on the Texans' roster, with Shaun Cody, slated to be a free agent, listed at 310 pounds.