Tag:Wade Smith
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Knighton's opinon doesn't bother Kubiak

KnightonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve chronicled how much Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton absolutely HATES the Texans. He told us that in the lead-up to Houston’s win last Sunday, and he said it again after the Jaguars loss was complete. It’s because, he said, the Texans are dirty.

"It was just the dirty stuff they were doing,” Knighton said. “I don't want to get into specifics; I just don't like them. … I'm not going to get into names or anything like that, but we play them again.”

Jacksonville defensive end Jeremy Mincey also accused the Texans of stepping on his head when he lay on the ground.

All of which led Houston coach Gary Kubiak to say: Yeah? And so what?

“It doesn't bother me," Kubiak said Monday, via the Houston Chronicle. "We're going to put 46 guys out there and play as hard as we can play. Other than that, I've got no comment on it."

This is the second-straight week, a Texans opponent has accused them of dirty play, but when Tennessee defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks complained about Houston offensive linemen Eric Winston and Wade Smith, Marks also said their cut-blocks were legal.

PFT
has a good explanation of what constitutes a legal cut block from an illegal cut blog: “Cut blocks are legal. It’s even legal for an offensive lineman on a running play to engage a defensive lineman and then have a second offensive lineman come in and hit the defensive lineman low. It only becomes illegal if the two offensive players engaged in the high-low blocks weren’t lined up next to each other on the offensive line. So it’s legal with a center and a guard, but illegal with a center and a tackle.”

Future Texans opponents should expect the same kind of stunts from the Texans. Namely, plenty of (legal) cut blocking.

“It's just part of what we do," Kubiak said. "We think to be good at running the football, you've got to do the little things in the run game, especially on the back side that create space for your players.

"It's just something that we think is important to being successful.”

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:16 pm
 

Analyzing the Duane Brown situation

Posted by Andy Benoit

Duane Brown has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. The good thing about being an offensive lineman and getting busted for performance enhancers is that you’re an offensive lineman, so few people care. (Look at how much hoopla there was when Brown’s teammate, Brian Cushing, got busted. Granted, Cushing’s case was unique because he had the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. But Brown is a first-round drafted left tackle, which makes him hardly irrelevant).

The bad thing is, because you’re an offensive lineman, now those who do know who you are know you as the guy who got busted for performance enhancers. In Brown’s case, it’s a shame, because we’re talking about a young player who has shown marked improvement in his first three seasons as a pro. (Of course, now we might know why.)

Brown polished and quickened his footwork in pass protection last season. He still struggled with the bull-rush and lacked an idea assertive punch on contact, but overall, the Texans had plenty of reasons to like what they had in him.

Rashad Butler will replace Brown. Butler was a disappointment as a third-round pick in Carolina. If Butler struggles, what are Houston’s other options? Because sixth-round rookie Shelley Smith is untested, the Texans may want to move guard Wade Smith to left tackle. Smith has played on the outside before, and the Texans could feel comfortable replacing him inside with Kasey Studdard.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 10:31 am
 

Figuring out the Texans offensive line

Posted by Andy Benoit

The interior offensive line was a problem for the Houston Texans last season. Starting guards Chester Pitts and Mike Brisiel both went down with injury. When Pitts left, the line lost a source of power and, more importantly, stability. When Brisiel left, he took the right side of the line’s gritty run-blocking prowess with him. K. Studdard (US Presswire)

The replacement guards, Kasey Studdard and Antoine Caldwell, both struggled to consistently sustain blocks. In the end, Houston’s rushing attack ranked 30th (to be fair, struggling running back Steve Slaton deserved as much blame as the interior O-line).

Brisiel is back in 2010 and likely to start again at right guard. But Pitts is now a Seahawk, leaving the left guard duties up for grabs.

After the Texans signed journeyman Wade Smith during the offseason, head coach Gary Kubiak declared the utility veteran to be in the running for a starting job. It sounded like politics talking: owner spends money on a new free agent, so coach tells the public that new free agent would be a good starter in the team’s scheme.

But, according to the Texans website, Smith will start at left guard in Saturday’s game at New Orleans. Studdard, Caldwell and Brisiel with rotate snaps at both guard positions. It’s possible Smith could join that rotation, though the Texans already know he’s versatile (he’s played all five positions in his career as a Dolphin, Jet and, most recently, Chief).

Most likely, the coaches will be interested in seeing whether Smith can settle in at one position fulltime. He has 34 starts in 74 career games. Preseason starts don’t count – but that doesn’t mean Saturday night’s game isn’t of utmost importance to Smith.


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