Wade Phillips: Bill Kollar Will Continue as Coach of Texans' Defensive Line
That's defensive line coach Bill Kollar.
Kollar, the Texans' line coach the last two seasons, was retained in that position when Kubiak fired four defensive assistants last week, including coordinator Frank Bush.
Phillips, hired last week as the team's coordinator, said Monday Kollar will remain the line coach.
"He's definitely a part of this staff," Phillips said while meeting with the Houston media Monday.
Phillips said that was true despite Kollar having coached a 4-3 scheme the last two seasons. Phillips said he plans to utilize a 3-4 defense with Houston.
"I've had a lot of coaches that I've come in with that have only coached 4-3," Phillips said. "In fact, the whole group in San Diego had only coached 4-3 before I got there. A good football coach is like a good player, you can fit them in."
Phillips said despite the Texans' 30th-ranked defense -- 32nd against the pass -- there are plenty of the latter in place, too.
Mario Williams, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2006 draft, made the Pro Bowl playing in a 4-3 defense, and while there will be an adjustment to the 3-4, Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith similarly adjusted from the 4-3 to the 3-4 under Phillips in Buffalo.
"We're not talking about a three-technique," Phillips said. "We're talking about a guy that we're gonna let rush the passer, penetrate. Movement-wise, I think he's got really good movement. We'll probably move him and that's what we did with Bruce Smith. You can look at a 3-4, where a guy plays inside all the time and you look at one where they play outside and go all the time. He's going to be one of them. Elvin Bethea we had way back here, did a pretty good job here, was a pretty good 3-4 defensive end.
"He was a similar guy to Bruce in that he could rush up field really well, but he had a lot of great movement. So whatever Mario can do, we're going to try and utilize that."
Phillips also said while defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (6-feet-2, 315 pounds) is relatively undersized for a 3-4 tackle, "I've coached some small ones, too."
"Greg Kragen made the Pro Bowl at Denver, was real under-sized and Jay Ratliff (now with the Dallas Cowboys) isn't that big either,' Phillips said. "Jay Ratliff is probably (DT) Amobi's (Okoye) size. Again, we played different techniques with the different guys.
"(Former Bills nose tackle) Ted Washington, who was huge, we played him more in the middle. Some of the other guys we played on the edges more and some of them we had them stunt a lot and others we made them play more of technique player. It depends on what they can do."
Phillips said overall he "was happy with the defensive line" when reviewing tape of the Texans last season.
"When you play a 4-3, you have more defensive linemen," Phillips said. "I don't think we have enough to play a 4-3 and rotate all those people and have enough good players but I do think we have enough for a 3-4 group that you could have all pretty solid players. That's what you're looking for."
He said defensive tackles Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell "can play football and if you play over a guard, usually you can play over the center."