'Four' is the key number to remember for Jacques Cesaire.
The new Texans DL Coach met with the media last Tuesday at NRG Stadium and multiple times during his interview he emphasized the importance of generating pressure with four defensive linemen.
"Four guys running to the ball every snap," Cesaire said. "Whether that's a run situation, whether that's a pass situation, those guys are going to run to the ball. We're going to try and punch the ball out, we're going to try and create negative plays. We're going to try and generate pressure with four guys."
Houston tied for 27th in the NFL last season with 32 sacks as a team. Cesaire, who served as the Assistant DL Coach in Buffalo the last two years, helped the Bills tie for 10th in the league in sacks with 42.
In his mind, when the defense is firing on all cylinders and successful, the line will be "a penetrating, disruptive front, and we're trying to generate pressure with four guys."
DE Jonathan Greenard led the way with eight sacks last year, despite missing five games to injury. Cesaire has already met with the third-year pass rusher and is enthused about his potential for big things.
"(He has) Strength, length, speed, passion," Cesaire said of Greenard. "He doesn't stop. He has a motor. Great rush hands. I just love the way he plays each and every snap. I can't wait to get my hands on him. I've already had him in my office, and we got to talk a little ball. I got to show him some things that I did with the defensive line in Buffalo. He's excited and I'm excited to work with him."
The NFL Scouting Combine begins Monday in Indianapolis, as the Texans personnel and coaching staff will be there to evaluate NFL Draft prospects.