Originally Posted by JB
Just a question... who is the OLB opposite of Ware? Who was the other OLB in San Diego with Merriman?
Do the Texans ask Reed to rush the passer much?
Not as much as other 3-4 teams, which is what I've been trying to point out for a while now.
Normal 3-4 teams like the 49ers, Browns, or Steelers have big bodied D-Linemen who plug gaps up front so the LB's can rush the passer.
Wade's scheme looks like a 3-4, but it's actually a 5-2. His D-Linemen rush the passer and the LB's plug gaps. In this case, Mercilus is a DE and rushes the passer and Reed is an OLB and plugs gaps (mainly being the contain guy to his side). Mercilus' #1 job is rushing the passer. Not so for Reed.