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Mike Kerns
04-29-2009, 10:43 AM
Pretty decent interview with Connor Barwin over on Battle Red Blog. Didnt see it posted. Enjoy!

http://www.battleredblog.com/2009/4/29/858621/interview-with-the-newest-texans

HOU-TEX
04-29-2009, 11:29 AM
Hmm, he's still in School and won't be available until June-ish. I sure hope we gave him some type of regimen to follow. I'd like to see him add about 10-15 lbs before camp.

bckey
04-29-2009, 11:40 AM
This was my favorite question and answer.

TT: One thing the Texans lacked last year was a consistent pass rush. How many pass rush moves do you have in your repertoire, and which ones do you think you have the most success with and why?

Connor: I have a number of different moves. I think my speed rush is my best move, just getting a jump off the ball and using my speed. After you’ve got a guy worried about your speed it sets up everything else; you set up your inside spin move, and you set up your speed bull rush. I think those are my three top moves, but after you set them up with your speed, you open the door for a lot of other things.

HOU-TEX
04-29-2009, 11:47 AM
This was my favorite question and answer.

TT: One thing the Texans lacked last year was a consistent pass rush. How many pass rush moves do you have in your repertoire, and which ones do you think you have the most success with and why?

Connor: I have a number of different moves. I think my speed rush is my best move, just getting a jump off the ball and using my speed. After you’ve got a guy worried about your speed it sets up everything else; you set up your inside spin move, and you set up your speed bull rush. I think those are my three top moves, but after you set them up with your speed, you open the door for a lot of other things.


Well, there's a flip side to that.

TT: On the flip side of that coin, what style of blocker gives you the most trouble?

Connor: The blocker that maybe gives me the most trouble are the faster, more athletic tackles, the ones that can match some of their athleticism with mine.

There are many of these types of OT's in the NFL.

bigbrewster2000
04-29-2009, 11:51 AM
Well, there's a flip side to that.



There are many of these types of OT's in the NFL.

Yep you are right, thats why it would be smart to put him up against the right tackle on 3rd down. Those are usually the less athletic Tackles.

TimeKiller
04-29-2009, 12:27 PM
I think this guy is really going to light it up and take attention away from Mario (if that's even possible)

I think he and Samson give our D a chance to get really, really creative. These are guys who actually possess the ability to be effective dropping in zone blitzes.

TexanAddict
04-29-2009, 12:44 PM
I think this guy is really going to light it up and take attention away from Mario (if that's even possible)

I think he and Samson give our D a chance to get really, really creative. These are guys who actually possess the ability to be effective dropping in zone blitzes.

I'm going to agree that with Barwin at DE, I'll be less likely to cuss at my TV when I see the ex-TE dropping back into coverage than I was when said DE was Weaver.

76Texan
04-29-2009, 12:57 PM
The boy is LONG!

http://profile.ak.facebook.com/object/1163/93/n2230837597_39470.jpg

rmartin65
04-29-2009, 01:05 PM
This is early, but he might become my favorite Texan. I was a huge fan of his in college, now he is here. I am pumped!

76Texan
04-29-2009, 01:21 PM
This is early, but he might become my favorite Texan. I was a huge fan of his in college, now he is here. I am pumped!

I'm hoping the coaches let him drop back some in the zone blitzes.

He had a hand on a pass each from Bradford (OU) and Taylor (VTech), each was close to be a qwik pik six!

Honoring Earl 34
04-29-2009, 01:21 PM
This is early, but he might become my favorite Texan. I was a huge fan of his in college, now he is here. I am pumped!

I think that Cushing and Barwin are good enough athletes to be on the field at the same time as LBs . This would be especially for the Titans and Jags who want to run .

TimeKiller
04-29-2009, 01:26 PM
I think that Cushing and Barwin are good enough athletes to be on the field at the same time as LBs . This would be especially for the Titans and Jags who want to run .
I think we'll see lots of pre-snap movement to throw off offenses too. Imagine, you've seen LBers dance around the line and such but have you ever seen two guys actually switch positions? I want the opposing O saying, "WTF!?" as much as possible.

76Texan
04-29-2009, 01:28 PM
I think that Cushing and Barwin are good enough athletes to be on the field at the same time as LBs . This would be especially for the Titans and Jags who want to run .
I agree that Barwin really has the flex hips to play LB, but it seems they want him to concentrated on being a rush DE at the moment. Especially if he's going to get to 260-265, I don't think we'll see him at LB.

76Texan
04-29-2009, 01:32 PM
I think we'll see lots of pre-snap movement to throw off offenses too. Imagine, you've seen LBers dance around the line and such but have you ever seen two guys actually switch positions? I want the opposing O saying, "WTF!?" as much as possible.
You haven't watch much Fulmer's football, have you?
Too bad, he's done retired from UT.
Sometimes he had that front seven running around in circles pre-snap.
First time I saw it, I say, WTH? LOL!

alphajoker
04-29-2009, 01:33 PM
I think we'll see lots of pre-snap movement to throw off offenses too. Imagine, you've seen LBers dance around the line and such but have you ever seen two guys actually switch positions? I want the opposing O saying, "WTF!?" as much as possible.

I agree. We have an opportunity to run a 3-4 / 4-3 hybrid defense where players can move around as much as possible.

WolverineFan
04-29-2009, 01:35 PM
I agree. We have an opportunity to run a 3-4 / 4-3 hybrid defense where players can move around as much as possible.

I think he will do a lot of hand down pass rushing, but don't be suprised to see him in there next to Mario doing some stand up blitzing. Now that would be effective!

mexican_texan
04-29-2009, 01:37 PM
I agree. We have an opportunity to run a 3-4 / 4-3 hybrid defense where players can move around as much as possible.
That's what I've been thinking. Rick Smith has been using "versatile" a lot to describe some of our picks. I think we're going to see something other than a standard 4-3 defense.

badboy
04-29-2009, 02:20 PM
I commented prior to last season that defensive lines would be scratching their helmets when Slaton blew past them. Now offensive lines may have same feeling when they are blocking Mario and hear a wind (Barwin) go blasting by and then hear their QB crying like a baby "Get him off me!" So next time they only put one man on Mario and then hear the QB whimper "mama mia, it's Mario".

Allstar
04-30-2009, 01:03 AM
Here's a sort of a 'different' video of Connor that I was watching yesterday. I didn't think this deserved it's own thread, but you kinda get to see the personal side of him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KjU4gVQupI

(^Can anyone post the embedded link? it won't work for me.)

TexanAddict
04-30-2009, 11:35 AM
I think Barwin kinda looks like David Schwimmer:

http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/cinn/sports/m-footbl/auto_headshot/1116890.jpeg http://www.thecinemasource.com/moviesdb/images/David_Schwimmer-4-Run_Fat_Boy_Run.jpg

threetoedpete
05-03-2009, 04:03 PM
I think that Cushing and Barwin are good enough athletes to be on the field at the same time as LBs . This would be especially for the Titans and Jags who want to run .

This is what I'm thinking also...maybe by the time we match up with them, I think Coner gives us the best chance to cover MJD and Chris Johnson out of the back field. And I think both are going to have a difficult time blocking Barwin. But that is not what they are saying....they are saying he is a rush specialist only. Which is exactly the type of error they made on Steve Slaton last year. I believe they are talking him down a bit to beat down expectations. My expectations are he beats out a very good will in Adibi by mid season.

dalemurphy
05-03-2009, 05:45 PM
This is what I'm thinking also...maybe by the time we match up with them, I think Coner gives us the best chance to cover MJD and Chris Johnson out of the back field. And I think both are going to have a difficult time blocking Barwin. But that is not what they are saying....they are saying he is a rush specialist only. Which is exactly the type of error they made on Steve Slaton last year. I believe they are talking him down a bit to beat down expectations. My expectations are he beats out a very good will in Adibi by mid season.

Why on earth would you think Barwin would do a better job in coverage against MJD and CJohnson than Adibi? It makes no sense. Adibi is quicker, probably faster, and has a lot more experience at WILL and in covering RBs out of the backfield. Barwin weighs almost 260 lbs and his only experience as a defensive player is rushing the passer. All that being said, you think he should start at WILL and have the nerve to criticize the judgement of the Texan organization. Now, that's funny!