Here are some notes from Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator, Frank Bush, on defending the Chargers number 1 ranked offense.
It will be critical for the secondary to jam the Chargers’ rangy, less-explosive receivers like Seyi Ajirotutu at the line. We have to (disrupt) their timing so we can make plays in those situations. – Houston Texans defensive coordinator Frank Bush
The defense is accustomed to facing quarterbacks like Philip Rivers that hold onto the ball to allow receivers to gain separation downfield. But, so far, it hasn’t stopped them. They max protect for him They create deeper plays because of the scheme. – Frank Bush
McMichael does not have that same short area quickness on breaks that Gates has. – Frank Bush
Hopefully, the Texans defense is so focused in on the young receivers that they forget that we have weapons in the running game as well. Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert, and Darren Sproles will be expected to carry a lot of the offensive load and may get more involved in the passing game with swing passes and screen passes. The Houston Texans have not been able to stop anyone in the passing game this year, ranking last in the league in pass coverage. It will be up to Norv Turner and the offense to take advantage against them.