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Friday, February 20, 2009
Kubiak looking for 'big-time improvement' on D

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Houston Texans are not going to stand pat on offense, but it's clear their offseason priority is to fortify a defense that will be led by new coordinator Frank Bush.

The Texans had the NFL's third-ranked offense and fourth-ranked passing offense in 2008, but were only 17th in points scored per game.

They don't have a glaring need on offense, while the defense could use at least one addition to every unit -- a pass-rushing end, a beefier linebacker, upgrades at safety, an additional option opposite Dunta Robinson at corner.

"Our offense has made improvement all three years, and more so this past year than any," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I think Kyle [Shanahan] has done a great job, getting Alex [Gibbs] to come with us has been a huge benefit to our offensive coaching staff and our offensive football team. We've made some strides there. We feel good about where we're at.

"Can we get better? You bet. We can definitely get better. I think landing the young back [Steve Slaton] was huge for us last year and we were very fortunate there. I am not going to say we're set there and we're going to move on, that's not the case. We're going to try to get better on offense, but obviously we've got to make some big-time improvement on the defensive side of the ball."

Some other snippets from Kubiak and Rick Smith's podium talks at the combine Friday: