Charlie Bernstein: To be perfectly honest, the box score is showing about how well Smith has been playing in Houston. Antonio Smith is having trouble transitioning back into the 4-3 defense and he hasn't been able to get much of a pass rush, although he played well against the Raiders anemic offense. Thus far, Smith hasn't been what the Texans expected when they granted him his rich free agent deal.
AD: The Texans arrive in the desert at .500. What areas need to be addressed in order for the Texans to turn this season into a winning one?
AD: Tell us about some players on Houston's roster, who are seemingly unknown, that have stepped up so far this season?
CB: Houston hasn't had a lot of positive surprises, and that's why they're at 2-2. Wide receiver Kevin Walter has done a nice job since coming back from injury, and Jacoby Jones seems to be emerging as a big time return threat and viable option at wide receiver.
AD: Matt Schaub seems to be doing a great job this season. He sits in the top-10 of many passing statistics and beats out Kurt Warner in yards, completions and touchdowns. But Schaub already has eight sacks, are those takedowns on the offensive line's shoulders or should Schaub be doing something different? Will Schaub ever be mentioned in the same conversation as some of this league's greats?
AD: Although the Cardinals offense hasn't been as potent as usual, the Texans have to be concerned with Larry Fitzgerald & Co. What do you think the Texans game plan is for stopping the Cardinals dangerous receivers unit?
CB: The Texans are still hoping to manufacture somewhat of a pass rush, and that will try and hide their underachieving secondary a bit. If they can't get a rush going, Warner and company will pick them apart all afternoon.