Texans’ Anthony Weaver: 'Our run defense right now is absolutely atrocious'

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By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- The Texans are defending the run as poorly as anyone could expect.

No team gives up more yards per carry (5.4) and only the Bengals have allowed as many runs of 20+ yards (nine).

The 94-yard run the Texans gave up to Titans running back Derrick Henry on Sunday is the longest run from scrimmage this season. Henry would have run for 100+ even without the huge play. He finished with 212 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

Jeremy McNichols, Henry’s backup, averaged 10.2 yards on five carries with a 20-yard run.

This is not a good defense, and it’s particularly bad against the run.

Defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver acknowledge this Monday on Texans Radio:

“Our run defense right now is absolutely atrocious,” Weaver said. “It’s for a variety of reasons. It’s guys not doing their jobs. It’s winning the battles at the line of scrimmage. It’s guys at the second level missing tackles. We just need to get better at our base, fundamental football.

“There’s nothing they are beating us with schematically. It’s about guys defeating blocks, getting off blocks, and then tackling them. And right now we’re just not doing that and that falls on me at the end of the day.”