Charlie Bernstein: Mario Williams has played well this year in every game with the exception of Jacksonville two weeks ago. His biggest problem is that he has no pass rushing help on the other side of the line and teams routinely double-team him and chip with running backs.
Q. Is DeMeco Ryans still a difference-maker at linebacker?
CB: Ryans is a very solid linebacker, but his level of play is a bit down this season. Ryans is still the captain of the defense and makes plays, but he's also missed more tackles this year than I've seen him miss all of last season.
Q. Speaking of linebacker, how has former Dolphin Morlon Greenwood been playing?
CB: Morlon Greenwood is solid, yet unspectacular. Greenwood seems to be a little bit of a liability in pass coverage, and he's getting overshadowed by emerging star Zac Diles, who has been a fantastic surprise for the Texans.
Q. From this vantage point, the secondary appears to be the weak link on defense; is that pretty accurate?
CB: It couldn't be much more accurate. The Texans struggle to get much of a pass rush and that obviously hurts the secondary. The truth is that they just aren't very talented at safety, and without Dunta Robinson, the corners are not a great unit either. Fred Bennett is physical, but not a great cover guy, and Jacques Reeves looks like a big waste of money. That said, both players did a solid job against Indianapolis last Sunday.
Q. Jacoby Jones was a major weapon in the return game for Houston last year; how has the return game been this season?
CB: The Texans special teams has been somewhat of a disappointment so far this season. Both Jacoby Jones and Andre Davis have game-breaking ability, but they haven't been able to really break anything yet.