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Houston Texans Inside Slant 2009-03-20

Houston Texans Inside Slant 2009-03-20
Texans' new defensive coordinator Frank Bush has one goal in mind - create a more aggressive defense. For the past two months, he has worked to lay the groundwork for his plan, and his job only intensifies with the draft one month away and organized team activities beginning in May.

Bush is doing what he can to create the havoc wreaking defense the Texans have failed to produce in recent seasons.

"That's the plan," Bush said. "We hope our guys can get off the mark and get going with Amobi (Okoye) and those guys inside. And, of course, with Mario (Williams) leading the charge. We want our guys to all just play faster, play with more passion and be more aggressive - get after the quarterback.

"That's the name of the game, and we have some guys right now with Antonio (Smith), Mario and Amobi - and even some of our other kids like DeMeco (Ryans) - who can get after the passer. We're going to get after the quarterback even more than we did before."

The addition of Smith in the offseason provides the Texans a defensive end capable of starting on the left side and providing a little of a pass-rush threat opposite of Williams.

While Bush and the Texans are still looking at other players to add to the mix in free agency, their attention is also on the draft, where it's likely the top pick will be used to bolster the defensive side of the ball.

"The more the merrier in my opinion," Bush said. "I'm excited because there are some players we've earmarked who could really come in and make an impact. And if we have a chance to pluck those players off the board and make them a part of our defense then that just helps us and helps our entire situation."

Regardless of which players the Texans draft, the development of the team's young players will be critical to the success of Bush's first season as a defensive coordinator.

Young outside linebackers Zac Diles and Xavier Adibi are coming off injuries and hoping to regain their starting jobs. And third-year tackle Amobi Okoye will try to rebound from a sophomore season in which he struggled with an ankle injury and finished with just one sack.

"(The offseason) is huge for the kid," Bush said of Okoye. "First of all, we still believe in the kid. We still think he is tremendously talented. And we are just waiting for him to kind of flourish. It's huge for him. It's an offseason where he gets a fresh start, of course. We're going into a brand-new season. He gets a chance to get over his sophomore slump and kind of get going again.

"He's excited about it. I know he's already been in working and whatnot. It's huge for him and critical for us because we depend on him to do some things for us."

Okoye is slated to start in the middle alongside Travis Johnson. And Bush, who helped former defensive line coach Jethro Franklin, is well aware that the play of Okoye, Johnson, Williams and Smith could set the tone for the entire defense.

Williams, who is coming off his first Pro Bowl season, will be the leader of the group. Bill Kollar, new assistant head coach/defensive line, will be critical in his continued development, and Bush will play an integral role as well.

"I'm really just trying to appeal to something even greater in Mario," Bush said. "The kid is tremendously talented. We're trying to appeal to him to reach his full potential, to try to be the best that you can be each time you step on the field. The numbers will show up after that simply because the kid is a good worker and he is tremendously talented."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 20, 2009

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