Lovie Smith has a philosophy of defense. The Houston Texans’ new defensive coordinator believes a defensive unit should be able to score.
If they can’t find the end zone, they should at least be able to force the take out.
The Houston defense got the two on their way to a 20-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium – and once wasn’t enough for Smith’s reshuffled squad.
Ever since the Texans chose to move to a 4-3, Smith has emphasized the importance of turnovers. From the first trip, it was the biggest scenario.
Defensive end Jacob Martin delivered a booming fumble on third-seven in the Cowboys’ first practice. Defensive end Charles Omenihu would recover the ball, placing the Texans 23rd among the Cowboys.
Six games later, Houston was on the board thanks to a 2-yard touchdown from Mark Ingram II.
“It’s crazy, honestly,” Omenihu said. “You have four guys who can chase him. Jacob has speed. Maliek (Collins) has speed. He has fast feet. You had me, I have length and speed. And then you have Whit (Mercilus) who knows how to rush and have it taken off anyway. “