It has been a rough go for the Houston Texans defense, especially a run defense that is struggling to find its way.
"We just didn’t do good enough and we need to do better and we’re going to work to try to do better,” said defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
"We have to be more consistent in our gap control. We have to get off blocks and make tackles," said O'Brien of the defense. "We have to coach it better. There were a couple runs against Denver where we were misaligned. That’s coaching."
The defense is coming off of a loss to the Denver Broncos where they gave up 190 yards on the ground. For the season, the Texans rank 29th in the NFL in rush defense, giving up 135.4 yards per contest.
“First of all, I put all the pressure on myself. I didn’t coach them well enough and then prepare them well enough for the scheme that we were going to see," explained Crennel.
Crennel has been on record of making sure the rush defense is the focal point of his units but, in 2016, the team is accomplishing anything but that.
"Now, they need to play better," said Crennel of the defense. "I need to coach better, and we started today trying to do a better job against the run."
The Texans are set to face the Detroit Lions who are ranked 22nd in the NFL in rushing and feature Theo Riddick who has rushed for 171 yards with 1 touchdown.