Lovie Smith on Texans defensive end Rasheem Green: ‘Good football player’

HOUSTON – Rasheem Green created crushing leverage with a classic tearing motion, powerfully locking his right arm under the right arm of Denver Broncos right tackle Cameron Fleming.

Once the Texans defensive end unbalanced Fleming, Green capitalized on his forward momentum by racing around him, generating power velocity to sack his former Seattle Seahawks teammate: quarterback Broncos star Russell Wilson.

In his first regular season game after missing the season opener with a thigh injury, Green was able to do something he was never allowed to do in practice in Seattle. by sacking Wilson with quarterbacks banned for contact in practice.

“I knew it was going to be a pass, there was no backfield return,” Green said. “I was lined up wide, I had a plan. I just went out there and was playing fast.

Green and the Texans defense helped limit the Broncos to 3 of 12 conversions on third down in a 16-9 road loss at Empower Field in Mile High. He had 1 1/2 sacks, five tackles and two quarterback hits.

Green was one of the few bright spots for the Texans, who held Wilson to a 66.5 passer rating on 14 of 31 assists for the 17th-lowest rating in his 160-game career. The Broncos failed to score on two shots in the red zone.

“I feel like the guys up front did a good job of collapsing the pocket and making sure you can’t just go out there and do a whole bunch of errands,” Green said. . “I feel like the guys in the back did a good job of making sure their coverage was good.”

Green recorded a career-high 6 1/2 sacks last season for the Seahawks before joining the Texans as a free agent on a one-year, $3.25 million deal, including $1 million guaranteed.

“Rasheem has done some really good things,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “Of course you notice the flash games, the big bag, trying to get the football out. His game against the run was pretty good. There’s a reason he’s been in the mix. He is a good football player. Again, it will be a big challenge this week, but we like what he was able to do.

In the end, the Texans failed in Denver as they were outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter. They are now 0-1-1 largely because they were outscored by a combined 27-0 margin against the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos.

“To me, finishing means you’re doing ‘good’ for longer,” Green said. “So I felt like we were doing ‘good’ for a lot of the game, but we just have to do it longer and better.”

Green had six tackles for a loss, 48 ​​tackles and 15 quarterback hits last season.

“My style of play: fast, smart and physical,” said Green. “I feel like I left a lot of pieces there. I think that was just the tip of the iceberg. I think there’s a lot more I can do with what we have here. I can do a little more.

Green is considered a rising player and a perfect fit for the Texans’ traditional 4-3 defensive scheme.

After visiting the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens in free agency, Green picked the Texans in May after the Texans failed to draft a pass.

“It’s nice to be here,” Green said. “The guys welcomed me. The culture and the city are great. The team is awesome. I like what’s going on here and I’m just happy to be part of the team. With the program we run here, I think it suits me well too.

At 6-foot-4 and 279 pounds, Green has the size, speed, strength and movement to work in his favor.

He has 99 career tackles, 15 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 29 quarterback hits.

A former high school All-American who grew up in California, Green declared for the NFL Draft after his freshman year and finished with 115 tackles and 16 1/2 sacks in three college seasons.

The green has grown on and off the pitch. He came into his own after dealing with a speech impediment as a child. It made him shy, but he gained confidence and overcame the problem.

“It made me a really shy person,” Green said. “Improving my speech made me a more confident person. It really helped me on and off the pitch.

Aaron Wilson is a journalist and analyst for Pro Football Network and a contributor to KPRC 2 and click2houston.com

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