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Pro Football Focus Takes On The Texans

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Pro Football Focus, a great analytical site that was an invaluable resource last year for me when it was free, has moved behind a paywall. The bad news is that the ol' blogger salary they hand me around here isn't enough to scope out their statistics much longer, the good news is that they've started writing articles!

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Am I going somewhere with this? Oh yeah, they put up a Texans preview of sorts. I'm a Texans writer! Lets look and see if they are on target.

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1.⇥Ignorance isn't bliss

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It was something of a surprise that the Texans decided to address their woeful defensive interior by ... well, by doing nothing other than signing Earl Mitchell, an undersized defensive tackle likely to see action in obvious pass-rushing situations.

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How this shores up an interior defensive line that was pushed around at the point of attack is questionable. The likely starters remain the easily moveable object in Shaun Cody (-8.6 rating) and the easily resistible force that is Amobi Okoye (-8.3). While Okoye was useful at generating some pressure (28 total pressures), it hardly negates the kind of run defense that made him the seventh-worst DT in that category.

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The Texans have some talent at linebacker and end that masked these deficiencies to a degree, but make no mistake about it:Houston is going to need to get better up front if it's going to challenge.

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I am pretty sure that this has been Battle Red Blog's biggest problem with the Texans since the site was founded. Also, the meaning behind the Twitter hashtag #nosetacklelust. 

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PFF also goes in to the problems with Duane Brown, the promise of Jacoby Jones, and the greatness that was Matt Schaub last year. It's a worthy read and a well-measured look at the Texans.

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