Shaun Cody, Travis Johnson, Amobi Okoye, Anthony Maddox, and Steve Martin.

Those five illustrious men have all had multiple starts at defensive tackle or nose tackle for your Houston Texans, which is why we've excluded Frank Okam and the like from this conversation. Those five men are all reasons why there is such rabid nose tackle lust among the fan base. Those five men are all why Texans fans wondered what Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans could have done if there was someone collapsing the pocket and eating double teams and wondering how good J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing could be with an impactful nose tackle right by them.

You have to go back to the days of Gary Walker and Seth Payne to find a time when Texans fans actually considered the interior defensive line a strength. Neither Walker or Payne were Wilforkian mountains of men, but they were quick off the snap and strong enough to clog lanes and keep opponents off the linebackers. It was no coincidence that Jay Foreman and Jamie Sharper had their best seasons behind Walker and Payne.