Originally Posted by Texecutioner
I'll slide on in here and take Dale Murphy's back for a change on this one.
I"m not sure if Barwin is simply better than Mario, but we're getting a ton of more pressure from that side than we've ever gotten with Mario there by himself. Barwin is definitely more explosive in my eyes. I"ve never seen Mario be as effective as Barwin was yesterday. Bottom line, this team has been way better at getting to the passer without Mario on the field this season. The Texans have never had a good pass rush since their inception until this season and coincidentally it's when Mario isn't playing. I think we've got plenty of guys that can rush the passer now to where we don't need to resign Mario, and can use that money on other positions to make this football team overall a better team.
To Mario's defense though, he did start off the season looking great and he didn't exactly get his full season to show how well he'd look in this new defense for a full season.
The big difference between MW and CB would be in run defense. So far, it's been a wash, but we've been playing with a lead and haven't faced a host of good running teams. How will Barwin do in a close game where he has to honor the run? That's where MW shined. Teams shied away from running at MW. Do they do the same with Barwin? We'll soon find out.