DE Charles Omenihu likes the Texans’ new defensive scheme

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Houston Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu likes the new defensive scheme the team will be running in 2021.

In an interview with Deepi Sidhu from HoustonTexans.com, the former 2019 fifth-round pick from Texas talked about the intricacies of his job in Houston’s new Tampa 2 scheme under new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. The Texans originally ran a 3-4 defense from 2011-20.

“It’s obviously a different scheme, different terminology, different way of looking at how you play D-line in a sense, but for me, I kind of played in a scheme like this in college,” Omenihu said. “So, it’s not too crazy.”

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Some of Omenihu’s job is going to be the same as it was under former defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver in 2020.

Said Omenihu: “Just where I’m positioned playing over the tight ends and tackles in the run game, and then rushing inside at three-tech, which I did last year. So, it’s a little change. It’s good. I like it; definitely D-line friendly scheme that tells guys to go get it, go after it.”

Omenihu provided Houston with 30 combined tackles, seven tackles for loss, 21 quarterback hits, 7.0 sacks, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles through 29 games in a 3-4 scheme. The new scheme will reveal how effective Omenihu can be with a philosophy that turns the defensive linemen loose.