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CloakNNNdagger
07-30-2012, 09:34 PM
Linebacker Reed fierce on the field, calm off it (http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/07/linebacker-reed-fierce-on-the-field-a-cool-customer-off-it/)

But Reed has lots of tangible stuff in his favor, too.

“As I understand it,” Herring said, “he’s the strongest player on our team (pound for pound). What he brought here was play strength and that’s the foundation of this game. You see a lot of guys come in and fall or falter early because they’re not able to handle the physicality of the NFL.”

Or the mental pressure. Reed concluded the best way to avoid the myriad pitfalls was through dedicated preparation. Because Phillips and Herring had coached DeMarcus Ware in Dallas, and Ware had 60 sacks in his four seasons with them – in the same system Reed was being asked to learn on the fly – he concluded without being told that being a DeMarcus Ware film buff made sense.

Besides a surfeit of muscle and brain power, Reed possesses the kind of instincts that translate into quick feet, or what Herring calls “great get-off. At the Combine, I believe he had the fastest first 10 yards of any backer in the group. Not the fastest for 40 yards, just the first 10 – when it matters.”

Herring also talked about Reed’s “linebacker body.”

“That’s where people get discombobulated with him,” Herring said. “Look, he’s 6-2½, 250. The fact that he was playing with his hand in the dirt (the three-point stance of a defensive end) in college turned him into a ‘tweener’ to some people. But he was always a ‘Mike’ linebacker to us. Half the teams in the draft wanted him bad and the other half didn’t think he could (make the transition). We were in the half that saw the upside potential. He’s still projecting and growing as a player. The sky’s the limit.”

Cjeremy635
07-30-2012, 09:40 PM
I was really happy with the way he played last year. He's one of those high motor/effort guys that just has a nose for the ball. Plus, he leaves it all on the field and goes balls to the wall. I think he can be a solid player for us.

Brisco_County
07-30-2012, 10:15 PM
I was very surprised Reed was there in the late 2nd round last year. Green Bay fans really wanted him too. Good thing their GM didn't share the same desire.

I first read about his strength from an interview with Barwin. When Connor Barwin says you're the strongest player on the team... Holy crap.

TexansFanatic
07-30-2012, 10:26 PM
I love this guy.

I think he's going to be a star.

The selection of Watt and Reed back to back made the 2011 draft very special.

Lambert
07-30-2012, 11:11 PM
Not many NFL players of any weight can do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGhFwfECKGM

Nawzer
07-30-2012, 11:14 PM
Brook Reed will have a breakout year for us I believe. He was damn near unstoppable towards the end of the season and in the playoffs.

TimeKiller
07-31-2012, 07:35 AM
Not many NFL players of any weight can do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGhFwfECKGM

That's crazy go nuts.

Barwin/Reed > Williams/Barwin

And then we have the NCAA sack leader as depth? Disgusting. Oh and JJ Watt and the Ninja Assassin? Vomit. Everywhere. Oh plus what's his face, uh, oh yeah, Brian Cushing. Geez this defense got scary real fast.

BrandonLwowski
07-31-2012, 09:30 AM
Definitely looking forward to Barwin/Reed this year with the rotation of Merci. I have a feeling its going to epic. If we can get Sharpton better off his hip injury we should be a top 5 defense again.

The Pencil Neck
07-31-2012, 10:37 AM
Not many NFL players of any weight can do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGhFwfECKGM

I'd prefer he keep his feet in; he could tweak something with that form. My coach always got after me for too much foot movement in a power clean. But the weight on that bar is sick.

False Start
07-31-2012, 10:40 AM
I have a feeling that Reed is going to have a big season. I'm thing 8-10 sacks.

Insideop
08-01-2012, 03:56 PM
I have a feeling that Reed is going to have a big season. I'm thing 8-10 sacks.

I'll be disappointed if he only gets 8-10 sacks! :shades:

Double Barrel
08-01-2012, 04:25 PM
This is the kind of defense that can carry a team. It's like all of the years of experience in Wade's career is culminating in Houston, and they've got high motor players with strong work ethics that will pull for him. I think last year was just the beginning, and we are going to see a dominant defense that other teams fear, especially when they play at Reliant.

Our offense just needs to stay healthy and minimize mistakes. We don't need to win 'shoot out' games with a defense this badass. If our offense starts putting lots of points on the board, expect a blowout game when our D pins it's ears back and guns for the QB because they have to pass it to catch up.

STOKED!!! :texflag:

False Start
08-01-2012, 06:46 PM
I'll be disappointed if he only gets 8-10 sacks! :shades:

I try and set the bar low, and hope a player exceeds expectation. Some revere psychology sh!t. :heh:

spurstexanstros
08-01-2012, 07:04 PM
Matthews is the poor man's Brooks Reed.

HJam72
08-02-2012, 08:11 AM
If history repeats itself, Wade's seemingly super-human D will play mediocre, Schaub will suffer a career-ending injury, and Kubiak will be fired at year's end.

Just thought I'd remind everyone that $^!+ happens, so don't think the games have already been played.

IDEXAN
08-02-2012, 09:13 AM
I figured it'd be Holliday ?

pec0sb0b
08-02-2012, 05:34 PM
It's a good thing for a 3-4 OLB to be a beast...so this doesn't happen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYO-AeAPqGA
He's got to be able to work against a 300 lb tackle all day.