Originally written March 06, 2013 on State of the Texans:
Brian Cushing The off-season is fast approaching. The draft board and the free agent targets are being set for the Houston Texans. It looks like the consensus feels that the Texans will be headed for offensive help especially with the wide receiver and offensive line. Only time will tell, but the offense seems to be the one side of the ball that needs fewer pieces to upgrade it. If you look at the Texans defense, it needs the most retooling heading into the 2013 season, especially with Connor Barwin, Brice McCain and Glover Quin looking like they will be headed to the open market. The Texans are on the verge of losing five players who see significant playing time, plus Shaun Cody and Bradie James, but all are going to be spots that will be needed to be filled. Also throw in players like Quintin Demps, Tim Dobbins and Alan Ball the defense is going to need to really look at what they need to do to make sure they do not take a step back as a unit. Having the likes of J.J. Watt, Johnathan Joseph and hopefully a healthy Brian Cushing will help, but there is reason for concern for this defense. Take a look at the current depth chart going into the 2013 season.   Nose Tackles: Earl Mitchell, ???? Defensive Ends: J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith, Tim Jamison, Jared Crick Outside Linebackers: Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed, Bryan Braman , ???? Inside Linebackers: Brian Cushing, Darryl Sharpton, ????, ????, ???? Cornerbacks: Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Brandon Harris, Roc Carmichael, ???? Safeties: Danieal Manning, Shiloh Keo, ????, ????   Spots on the defensive roster but unproven  David Hunter, Defensive End Sonny Harris, Nose Tackle Eddie Pleasant, Safety DeLano Johnson, Outside Linebacker Cameron Collins, Inside Linebacker Keith Browner, Defensive End Mike Mohamed, Inside Linebacker   Looking at the defense there are at least EIGHT roster spots that need to be filled for the 2013 season. As much as fans want to see offensive weapons added, it would not be a surprise if the Texans once again look to fill some big needs in the draft to help the defense. Free agency will bring in some low-grade veterans to help fill the roster, but there are some serious issues with the depth on defense. The Texans front office and General Manager Rick Smith are going to have to make some calculated moves to keep this defense up with the success they have had the past two seasons. Nose tackle, inside linebacker and safety are the biggest needs for the team (not in that order) in 2013 and beyond. Add it the need for another outside linebacker to help Reed and Mercilus with the defensive snaps, the Texans need list is growing as we speak. It is hard to say exactly where the Texans will look to find help on the defensive side of the ball, but finding players that can contribute is the key to keep this defense tops in the league.   You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.    

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it

Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand


Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

Aaron Rodgers says smoking gesture a tribute to Jay Cutler

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

Texans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.