The Texans' success on the defensive side of the ball could come down to the production they get from their defensive tackles. Amobi Okoye has been used primarily as a pass-rushing d-tackle. But in his second pro season last year, he saw his numbers drop and recorded just one sack. Okoye has to do a better job of finding the creases and getting to the QB this season.
Travis Johnson has been used more as a nose tackle - a player who can hold two blockers and a guy who can stop the run. The Texans would like to see him improve in both areas.
New d-line coach Bill Kollar is the man who can make that happen. ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky explains why. He spoke with Kollar and gives insight into what Kollar thinks of each d-lineman and how they will fit into his system.