Texans Confidence Rating: Secondary
Dunta Robinson (Getty Images)
Dunta Robinson (Getty Images)
Posted Aug 15, 2009
Brendan Sonnone

Before any team starts a season, there is always a handful of questions to answer. How will the quarterback play be? Will your top players stay injury free? Does your team have enough depth to overcome injuries?

There is seemingly an endless list of questions that coaches, fans and journalists alike will have about every team before a season begins. Usually, the more times you say “yes” the better. What really instills confidence though is when there aren’t even questions to answer.

The Texans have some questions, like any team in the NFL, but the questions this season appear to revolve more around health than talent, as Houston seems fit to compete. To further analyze how confident fans should be of the team, we’ll take a look at each position’s positives, lingering questions, and how the position should perform. We will follow this with an overall confidence level, running from 0-10, 10 being the highest.

Pressing Question:
Was a lack of pass-rush affecting the team’s secondary or is the talent level just that thin?

The top story-line for the defensive backs and probably the Texans is the holdout of Dunta Robinson, who was unhappy when the franchise tag was placed on him. For a player who allowed two-third of the passes thrown his way to be completions and hasn’t played in more than 11 games the last two seasons, that kind of money should be hard to pass up, even if it’s only a season long contract. When healthy, he’s a near elite corner, but that hasn’t happened in over two years. Jacques Reeves wasn’t bad at all last year, allowing under 50 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed. With excellent makeup speed, he makes it so you can’t consistently pick on him. Fred Bennett and Antwaun Molden will duke it out for the nickel spot, as will the versatile fourth-rounder, Glover Quin, who might also get a shot at safety. Eugene Wilson is a mediocre safety at best and Nick Ferguson and Dominique Barber aren’t much better at strong safety.

The Big If?
If Robinson returns to form, that’ll give the Texans a pretty reliable defensive back to rally around.

Our Call:
The safeties look to be middle-of-the-road guys at best and the cornerbacks could be good if everything breaks right. Robinson needs to get his head on straight for the team to be successful and Reeves must continue to improve. A consistent pass-rush will help the four DBs out tremendously, but a unit your confident in should not rely that heavily on the front seven.

Confidence Rating: 5

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