The Texans signed Ray Rhodes on Monday as he becomes the new assistant to defensive backs coach. The Texans are in dire need of secondary improvement, and hiring Rhodes is invaluable. Rhodes has 27 years of NFL experience and from the looks of his Resume (49ers, Packers, 49ers, Eagles, Packers, Redskins, Broncos, Seahawks); he’s just what the Texans need in 2008.
Rhodes has coached the likes of the 49ers Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, and Seattle’s Marcus Trufant, Lofa Tatupu, and their outstanding current safety situation. In Seattle, Rhodes coached a prevent zone defense that allowed for short gains on soft coverages. Rhodes comes into the Texans assisting secondary coach Jon Hoke and defensive coordinator Richard Smith, who heavily utilized zone coverages in 2007.
The problem is that the Texans are weak in the secondary and they cannot afford to lose the experience they groomed in 2007. The Texans have six free agents that could be on another team next season, and Ray Rhodes could give some valuable consideration on who comes back. S Will Demps and S/CB Von Hutchins deserve a contract, and the right to battle it out in minicamps for the starter role to anyone who can take it from them. S Michael Boulware and S Glen Earl are two free agents the Texans should wisely sign back for depth. Boulware hasn’t proven his worth but could improve now that he’s reunited with Rhodes, Seattle’s DC from 2003-2007.
C.C. Brown is a Restricted Free Agent. Earl and Brown played well starting in the secondary together towards the end of 2006. The other DB FAs are S Jason Simmons, who’s a Texan, plain and simple, and the KR/CB Dexter Wynn. Competing with these FAs in 2008 would be CBs Fred Bennett, Jamar Fletcher, Petey Faggins, S Curome Cox and Brandon Harrison.
Rhodes is wished congratulations and the best of health here in Houston. The Texans are on their way to making an impact in 2008 as the excellent coaching additions were made so far for preparing for an exciting offseason.