I was fortunate enough to have a bit of an e-mail back-and-forth with Eric Winston after learning that offensive line architect Alex Gibbs had left the Texans for Seattle.
“I think Gibbs is the kind of guy that likes to build things,” Winston wrote. “I think he has built a young, solid offensive line here in Houston and has effectively taught his scheme to the coaches as well as the players and for him, it was time to move on. I think he is a great coach and he will make a difference in Seattle, I’m sure.”
The Texans remain well stocked with offensive line coaches: John Benton, Frank Pollack and Bruce Matthews all work with the linemen. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison brings an offensive line background.
Winston doesn’t expect any dramatic alterations in the post-Gibbs line.
“I would seriously doubt any changes -- major scheme changes -- would be made, especially [with] Dennison taking the OC job,” Winston said. “I think Benton likes the zone runs as much as everyone else. With that being said, every coach likes to make a little adjustment here and there and it will be no different next year. Hell, you might even see us run a power play as a changeup. LOL.”