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"They say ‘3-4’, ‘4-3’, all that," Phillips said at the Texans' annual Charity Golf Classic. "We...

"They say ‘3-4’, ‘4-3’, all that," Phillips said at the Texans' annual Charity Golf Classic. "We really play a 5-2. We play five defensive linemen that can rush the passer and two inside 'backers who can tackle people. And we think Mario certainly fits in there."

-Wade Phillips, attempting to clarify what Mario Williams will be doing in the new scheme

"To be honest,'' Schatz said, "I don't think Mario Williams as outside linebacker is that crazy....

"To be honest,'' Schatz said, "I don't think Mario Williams as outside linebacker is that crazy. The strongside linebacker [in Phillips' defense] only rarely drops into coverage and the weakside linebacker almost never drops into coverage. Last year, our game charters had Ware in coverage on six passes. That's it. [Antwan] Applewhite, the weakside linebacker in San Diego, was in coverage on just nine. Williams makes more sense there than as a five-technique end.'' The five-technique end has run and rush responsibilities and lines up on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. According to the numbers crunched by FootballOutsiders.com, Ware got home more than Williams in the past three seasons, but both had good impact disrupting the quarterback. Ware had 47 sacks to Williams' 30, but they had an identical 120 hits and hurries of the passer.

-From Peter King's MMQB Tuesday Mailbag
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