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srrono
11-26-2012, 05:09 PM
Pro Football Weekly ‏@ProFootballWkly
RT @NickScurfield: Rookie Whitney Mercilus starts at Will LB while Brooks Reed is out. Connor Barwin moves over to Sam #Texans

Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein
The SAM LB spot is a much better fit for Barwin who is a natural at that position. Mercilus gives Texans better edge speed at WLB now.

Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein
The loss of Brooks Reed may end up changing the future of the Texans OLB rotation and starting spots for years to come. We'll see.

Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield
Kubiak said 2nd-year OLB Bryan Braman will be part of the rotation w/ Connor Barwin & Whitney Mercilus #Texans

Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
"We went from suiting 9 linebackers up ... to now if we played a game today there'd be 7 available players," Kubiak #Texans

Tania Ganguli ‏@taniaganguli
"Braman's been an exceptional special teams player for us. ... He's very talented. He can rush the passer. He can run." Kubiak said.

Nick Scurfield ‏@NickScurfield
Kubiak said ILB Tim Dobbins (shoulder) should "definitely be available" this week #Texans
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Rey
11-26-2012, 05:26 PM
I hope Braman gets plenty snaps. I'm more excited to see him than any other LB we have.

thunderkyss
11-26-2012, 06:44 PM
I've been really surprised at how far back & how quick Barwin has been able to drop & maintain good coverage. If our ILBs can consistently bring what Ruud showed, our pass defense can get even scarier. scary good.

NastyNate
11-26-2012, 06:50 PM
If Braman brings it like he does on special teams then there is much hope.

TimeKiller
11-26-2012, 07:03 PM
This is good, Barwin moves back to what I believe is his natural position. Strongside he is quick and agile, able to handle rushes and coverage, disguise the defense and play the run more often. I believe he sets the edge well and this should put him back on the radar. Weakside guy is supposed to be the stud, star rusher and he's not that. His strength is versatility. Mercilus and Braman should be rotating weakside and getting after the QB, they are both faster off the line and play with a little more instinct as pass rushers.

Sucks to lose Reed but he was under-performing anyway. I believe he is still a viable option anywhere in the LB core and should use the time off to study the plays from all angles.

76Texan
11-26-2012, 07:10 PM
Perhaps the move is for the better then, let's hope.

SAMURAITEXAN
11-26-2012, 07:18 PM
Perhaps the move is for the better then, let's hope.

Yep, I hope so 76 as we are moving into very important part of regular season(Home field advantage and all) and getting close to post season.

Go Texans!!!

amazing80
11-26-2012, 07:30 PM
I thought Barwin played SLB last year??? If true, whyd they change him and maybe this is why hes been ineffective???

Also, I thought Braman would be better inside, but at least he is getting play time

PapaL
11-26-2012, 08:06 PM
I hope Braman doesn't get any late hit flags. I don't know why I see him and think that.

Thorn
11-26-2012, 08:08 PM
I hope Braman doesn't get any late hit flags. I don't know why I see him and think that.

Da Caveman plays! LOL

I hope he gets in a few good plays. I've always liked the guy and hope he's able to show some stuff this weekend.

ThaJokaa
11-26-2012, 08:14 PM
Let him loose!!
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Texan_Bill
11-26-2012, 08:16 PM
I hope Braman doesn't get any late hit flags. I don't know why I see him and think that.

Way to be a ray of sunshine! :kitten:

76Texan
11-26-2012, 08:25 PM
I thought Barwin played SLB last year??? If true, whyd they change him and maybe this is why hes been ineffective???

Also, I thought Braman would be better inside, but at least he is getting play time

No, under Wade, Barwin always play a vast majority of snaps at WOLB.

The thought was that if the Texans resign Mario, only then would Barwin play at SOLB so that Mario never need to worry about the TE and just rush the QB almost all the time from the WOLB position.

Texan_Bill
11-26-2012, 08:28 PM
No, under Wade, Barwin always play a vast majority of snaps at WOLB.

The thought was that if the Texans resign Mario, only then would Barwin play at SOLB so that Mario never need to worry about the TE and just rush the QB almost all the time from the WOLB position.

Except for that was never a thought. :bender:

thunderkyss
11-26-2012, 08:51 PM
I thought Barwin played SLB last year??? If true, whyd they change him and maybe this is why hes been ineffective???

Also, I thought Braman would be better inside, but at least he is getting play time

Barwin played SOLB before Mario got hurt. After he got hurt, they swapped Barwin, don't know why. You'd think the weakside would be easier for the rookie Brooks Reed to play. All he has to do is go after the QB. He's playing against the LT, but it would cut down on his "responsibilities" & reads a lot.

Anyway, Barwin got hot there for a little while, then it continued into the play-offs, so I imagine they were going to give him an opportunity to earn that pass-rusher money.

Don't get me wrong, I think Brooks is more a SAM, just like Barwin, or possibly a MO. But Barwin was already doing a really good job at SAM that it didn't make sense to me to move him.

PapaL
11-26-2012, 09:12 PM
Way to be a ray of sunshine! :kitten:

Just call them as I see them.

Remember Antwan Peek? I think he's better...and crazier hahaha. Can't wait to yell Braaaaaaaaaaaaman! Or maybe Manzier; ref Seinfeld.

htownfan32
11-27-2012, 05:55 PM
I don't know much about defensive formations... would Mercilus be lining up aside Watt or Smith? Or would it switch off as the situation required?

Allstar
11-27-2012, 06:13 PM
Bring on Babin, IMO

Rey
11-27-2012, 06:50 PM
I don't know much about defensive formations... would Mercilus be lining up aside Watt or Smith? Or would it switch off as the situation required?

Watt lines up in different spots, so it'd just depend...

NastyNate
11-27-2012, 09:27 PM
I don't know much about defensive formations... would Mercilus be lining up aside Watt or Smith? Or would it switch off as the situation required?


First post from the picture, he'd be in the "WLB" position, lining up next to smith for about 70% of the snaps, they move Watt around though so no guarantee.

rolyat93
11-28-2012, 12:19 AM
Bring on Babin, IMO

He's not "Houston Texans-worthy":texans:

htownfan32
11-28-2012, 08:26 AM
He's not "Houston Texans-worthy":texans:

I think we've got a mini meme. It made the onion :P

I figured Watt's been moved around, especially after he became our only pass rusher...

I think this is going to be good for our pass rush. I've been wanting to see what Mercilus can do with more snaps.

Bulls on Parade
11-28-2012, 08:35 AM
Lance Zierlein ‏@LanceZierlein
The loss of Brooks Reed may end up changing the future of the Texans OLB rotation and starting spots for years to come. We'll see.

I think Mercilus has All Pro potential. Lance may be right but I want to see Brooks Reed back healthy for the final game or two of the season, just in time to be back in full game shape for the playoffs - hopefully with that first-round bye in the playoffs as well.

CloakNNNdagger
11-28-2012, 04:13 PM
General manager Rick Smith

(on the changes in defense due to OLD Brooks Reeds injury) You start with the injury and were fortunate that were going to get Brooks back. He has a very predictable rehab process, and hes diligently working at that. We will get him back. At this time of year, for all NFL teams, its how do you adjust to injuries at this time, how do you continue to play at a high level and if youre not, how do you start to work toward that? Whitney (Mercilus) is a natural pass-rusher obviously so he fits at the Will linebacker position. I think we brought him along slowly, and what hes shown is hes productive when he plays. We expect he will continue to do that. And Bryan (Braman) is a guy that will have to back up both sides. You go back to last year and really Connor (Barwin) and Brooks played predominantly the whole season so you can play games with just outside guys, but we certainly felt good about Bryan and his ability to come in and function. Hes playing well on special teams right now. So, just a part of what happens this time of year in the NFL.
link (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Weekly-conversation-General-manager-Rick-Smith/ba016083-330c-4f39-b083-ffc603b7d89a)

thunderkyss
11-28-2012, 05:40 PM
General manager Rick Smith

And Bryan (Braman) is a guy that will have to back up both sides. You go back to last year and really Connor (Barwin) and Brooks played predominantly the whole season so you can play games with just outside guys, but we certainly felt good about Bryan and his ability to come in and function. Hes playing well on special teams right now. So, just a part of what happens this time of year in the NFL.
link (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Weekly-conversation-General-manager-Rick-Smith/ba016083-330c-4f39-b083-ffc603b7d89a)

So, if you're Bryan Braman, you've shown the Texans that you are talented. The problem is that you simply aren't as productive or explosive or disruptive enough to be part of the regular rotation.

What would you have been doing to improve that, so that when you get an opportunity (which he has now) to become that productive, explosive, or disruptive player?

At the least, maybe you can replace Jesse Nading. The guy who sticks, because you're productive on special teams you'll probably have a job for a few more years, but you probably won't be a serious consideration when injuries beset the "regular" players. You don't want to be that guy. You want to be a "regular" player, if not for this team, then for another team.

How did you prepare for this day?

CloakNNNdagger
11-28-2012, 06:23 PM
So, if you're Bryan Braman, you've shown the Texans that you are talented. The problem is that you simply aren't as productive or explosive or disruptive enough to be part of the regular rotation.

What would you have been doing to improve that, so that when you get an opportunity (which he has now) to become that productive, explosive, or disruptive player?

At the least, maybe you can replace Jesse Nading. The guy who sticks, because you're productive on special teams you'll probably have a job for a few more years, but you probably won't be a serious consideration when injuries beset the "regular" players. You don't want to be that guy. You want to be a "regular" player, if not for this team, then for another team.

How did you prepare for this day?

Go to your coaches and ask what is keeping you from that status. They're the best source of direction. Try to find someone on the "other" side of the ball with the most challenging skills and try to find a way to practice against them. Poor challenge will only give you opportunity to remain a poor LB. That's why many players who haven't shown much all of a sudden become that diamond in the rough when thrown into the fire (the ultimate challenge) with little warning.