The Houston Texans held a press conference today to
announce some new changes to the team for the 2006 season. Count the team
roster one coach heavier and one player lighter today. This declaration was
just the latest addition, and subtraction, from the team in the infancy of free
agency for the year. The Texans named Tracy Semien as their Assistant Defensive
Coordinator, and waived on DE Gary Walker.
Semien, a former linebacker for both the Washington Redskins and the San Diego Chargers, has been recruited out of the NFL Europe
where he was coaching the Defensive Line and the Linebackers for the Cologne
Centurions. Before his eight years in the NFL began, Semien played the 1991
season of the World League for the Montreal Machine, which also happened to be
the inaugural year for the league as well
Semien was born in Sweeny, Texas and attended college at
Texas Christian University. He was a three year starter for the school.
The details of Semien’s contract were unavailable at the
time of publishing.
Semien spent the 2004 season in Tampa Bay, but not in a
Buccaneers uniform. He spent the year there at the NFL Europe Training Camp as
a coaching intern before being extended an opportunity to try out his new
talents in Cologne.
Now, the Texans may hope to take the talent that they’ve
seen in Semien and attempt to focus it on the betterment of their own defense.
Gary Walker was also released into Free Agency as the
Texans waived on the 6’ 2”, 324 pound defensive end. Walker had been with the
Texans since the 2002 season, but has played in the NFL for 11 seasons.
Reasoning behind why the Texans decided to pass on the
thirty three year old veteran was not specifically mentioned during the press
conference, but it is likely that it has something to do with the signing of
former Ravens DE Anthony Weaver (6’ 3”, 280).
Weaver is a solid defensive end who is expected to bring
some much needed intensity to the Texans defensive line.
Walker has been repeatedly injured during his four years
with the Texans. During the 2003 season Walker was only able to participate in
just four games. Last season he played in 11 games, generating 29 tackles (19
solo) and 1 sack. Walker’s career stats include 155 games played in 11 seasons,
427 tackles, and 46.5 sacks while forcing 9 fumbles.
Weaver, Walker’s expected replacement, is 25 years old and
has been playing in the NFL for 4 years, all with the Baltimore Ravens. Weaver
has the potential to throw off his opposing offenses’ game by invading the
backfield. Hopefully, this will get the Texans’ defense some more time off the
field, and get the Texans offense more opportunity to take it to the end of the