Lovie Smith's defense has forced 19 takeaways through the first 10 games this year, tied for fourth in the NFL. That's an average of 3.8 percent of opponent pass attempts that end in interceptions, also the fourth-best in the league.
The Texans are coming off their first road win following a dominant defensive performance, including four interceptions against QB Ryan Tannehill in the 22-13 win at Tennessee.
Perhaps, it's one of the reasons for the 63-year Texans defensive coordinator to be thankful, but certainly not the only one.
"So many things to be thankful for," Smith said. "Just kind of start with your health when you get older a little bit. Love what I do, love the people I'm around. I'm all about family, so there's just so much to be thankful for. You don't do it justice to name one thing, but start with family."
Smith, now in his 20th NFL season and first with the Texans, also volunteered another bit of personal information when asked on Wednesday if he ever looked ahead on players' abilities. Smith, a self-proclaimed "day-by-day guy," said he will look ahead this week but for reasons that did not involve football.
"I look to tomorrow because sometimes you can look ahead one day," Smith said. "You know why I'm looking ahead one day? Because I'm going to celebrate 41 years of marriage to my beautiful wife, MaryAnne, tomorrow. Now besides that, let's get back. I look at the tape from day to day."
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