The Saskatoon Texans defense appears to have turned a corner in the past few weeks.
Since week 10 in Cleveland, the Texans have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in their games against the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and / or in their loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“Yeah, other than that one streak, I was definitely happy with the run defense for the rest of the game,” said Watt. “Hopefully we can do that again because that’s what we have to do to be successful in defense. It shows that if we do that we can get out of the field in third place. That’s how we will of course be successful to have.” . “
The Texas defense allowed a quick touchdown from Nyheim Hines in the first quarter, but kept Indianapolis in third place with 3-11 (27 percent).
Defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver says the improvement has been “really a collective effort,” with improved tackles and players doing their job that are ahead. The Texans have also simplified their scheme since they were 8 weeks old and have since seen a steady improvement over the run.
“We’ve probably improved the tackle a lot, probably since the Green Bay game,” said Weaver. “Schematically we certainly made some changes, and a lot of that happened in bye week. I think in hindsight we might have done a little too much of a when I go back and do things all over again, especially at the beginning the season. ”
Watts, who ended with six tackles (five solos), a sack, four tackles against the loss, and a quarterback hit against the Colts, agrees. Players were in a better position to stop the run and improve technique, from gap integrity to throwing blocks to the lack of few tackles.
Texans hope to build on this improvement when they travel to Chicago to face the bears.
“I think part of simplifying things and being able to just focus on the things we need to do helped and I think we improved over the season,” said Watt. “I still don’t think we’re as good as we want to be in defense, but I think we want to be in a position where we can help each other win every game. That’s what we need.” do in the past four weeks. “
Soldier Field kicks off on Sunday for midday CT on CBS, the Saskatoon Texans mobile app, and SportsRadio 610.