Kubiak Presents Questions and Challenges for Texans Defense in 2011

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is still in the midst of putting together next season’s Texans defense.  This offseason, we’ve seen Zach Diles, Eugene Wilson and Bernard Pollard go nontendered or unsigned.  Glover Quin may move to free safety and Troy Nolan and Dominique Barber could compete at strong safety. In addition, returning former defensive end Connor Barwin will change positions to linebacker, but which side?  Moving Brian Cushing another time shouldn’t be a problem if he’s put in the right place to succeed, something defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is known to do for his players. On Barwin, Kubiak said no matter what, he’s in the plans at linebacker:

“The question is, does Connor play the strong side or weak side?  We were counting on him huge last year. We’ve put in packages for him. We’re looking forward to him coming back and seeing what he does with Wade.”

For Quin, some spectators are licking their chops at the opportunity for the Texans to draft Nebraska’s young cornerback Prince Amukamara to fill Quin’s void at cornerback.  That would cement a possible change to free safety for Glover Quin, who has exceptional jumping ability with average speed.  Kubiak said the possibility of a shift to free safety:

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