Useless predictions for Sunday's game between the Texans and Dolphins.
All that freaking out about Mario Williams moving to OLB in the new Wade Phillips scheme? Reggie Herring--you know, the Texans linebackers coach--thinks everyone should chill.
Deep in the bowels of Indianapolis, a quarterback and his coach have a secret rendezvous after the 2011 NFL draft in their undisclosed bunker...
"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."
"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.
I just wanna say....Jebediah was...really....great. He was...really great. Also, Mario Williams is pretty great, too.