The Houston Texans announced last week that they have waived three
players, namely LBs Fred Brock and Terry Pierce and RT Todd Wade.
Wade, a 6 year NFL veteran, was waived by Houston due to a
failed physical. He played two seasons with the Texans as the starting right
With Wade out the door, Zach Wiegert (6-5, 305) will step
up to take the place as the full time starting right tackle. Wiegert had been
playing right guard/right tackle for the Texans for the past three seasons as a
This also moves up 3rd round draft pick Eric Winston in the
lineup. Winston (6-11, 311) was slated to play behind both Wade and Wiegert,
but with Wade now in free agency Winston may be playing more than he expected in
his first year.
On the left side of the offensive line, the Texans other
3rd round draft pick, Charles Spencer (6-5, 351), is also sitting on the second
string playing behind LT Seth Wand (6-7, 330).
While the rookies won't likely see a start on the line this
year, they will be pushing both Wand and Wiegert to perform as fans and coaches
alike expect a professional offensive line should perform.
The offensive line has needed a major overhaul, and the
Texans have made very positive steps in this off-season to bring about the
necessary change. The Texans have brought in some new quality coaches,
including assistant head coach/offense Mike Sherman. This year the offensive
line will also be moving to a zone defense, hoping to give better protection to
the most sacked quarterback in the NFL, Texans QB David Carr.
In order to make this new scheme an effective one for the
Texans, the offensive line has been pushed to lose weight and improve their
quickness. The Texans O-Line must be first on the block and ready to attack any
opposing player attempting to infiltrate the pocket.
The only new Texan that will see a starting position on the
line will be C Mike Flanagan, who joined the team from the Green Bay Packers
back in late March this year. Flanagan (6-5, 301) is an 11 year NFL veteran
that will be leading the line and making the line calls this season. Bringing
Flanagan in should prove to be a smart decision on the Texans part, and will
hopefully become the keystone on the line that will have a dramatic impact on
the rest of the Texans offense.
Chester Pitts will be moved to left guard full time,
instead of splitting time at both LG and LT. Steve McKinney will now be the
full time right guard, instead of playing that position and center. As a
backup, the Texans have Fred Weary and David Loverne. Loverne joined the Texans
in late March as well after being released by the Detroit Lions.
The Houston Texans have made more personnel changes recently that should have an effect on both the team's possible starting lineup and how quickly some of the new rookies may get to see some field time.