2014 Houston Texans Training Camp: Brooks Reed Will In Fact Move To ILB

Let's hope we don't see this ever again. - Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

In a move rumored for months, Brooks Reed confirms in an interview that he is moving inside from OLB. What will this mean for the Texans?

As fans we speculate, speculate, speculate, and then speculate some more about the teams and games we love. Most of the time this pondering leads to silly ideas like "The Texans will regret the day they pass on Johnny Manziel", but a slim number of ideas open up actual discussion.

For the past two seasons or so, we've witnessed Brooks Reed's lack of speed make pass rushing an impossible task as he flailed after opposing quarterbacks as an outside linebacker. Yet we also observed Reed's ability to shed pass blockers and contain the edge in the run game. It was clear Reed's skill set did not match his position. This pondering led to speculation that Reed should move to inside linebacker.  This speculation has now wiggled its way into the truth.

In an interview on Texans radio that was turned into a post by Deepi Sidhu on the mothership (and now turned into a post on Battle Red Blog), Brooks Reed has confirmed that he is moving to inside linebacker full time and will play on the edge sparingly.

"It’s totally different," Reed said in an interview with Texans Radio on June 9. "Right now, I’m playing middle full-time. I also have to prepare to play outside too. I’m doing that as well. I have got to know a lot of stuff. I have to know a lot of adjustments and checks but it’s coming along. It just takes repetitions to see it. You can get it down paper-perfect but when you get down on the field, people are moving quickly and it’s a lot different. In that regard, it’s still a work in progress. There’s always things I can fix and improve upon but that’s just me being critical of myself."

With the addition of Jadeveon Clowney outside and Reed rarely rushing the passer in his new role, it's looking like the Texans' pass rush may turn from impotent to maniacal this upcoming season.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Battle Red Blog

You must be a member of Battle Red Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Battle Red Blog. You should read them.

Join Battle Red Blog

You must be a member of Battle Red Blog to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Battle Red Blog. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker