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Old 11-26-2012   #1
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RT @NickScurfield: Rookie Whitney Mercilus starts at Will LB while Brooks Reed is out. Connor Barwin moves over to Sam #Texans

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Kubiak said ILB Tim Dobbins (shoulder) should "definitely be available" this week #Texans
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I hope Braman gets plenty snaps. I'm more excited to see him than any other LB we have.
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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.
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If Braman brings it like he does on special teams then there is much hope.
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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.
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Perhaps the move is for the better then, let's hope.
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I hope Braman doesn't get any late hit flags. I don't know why I see him and think that.
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I hope Braman doesn't get any late hit flags. I don't know why I see him and think that.
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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.
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Remember Antwan Peek? I think he's better...and crazier hahaha. Can't wait to yell Braaaaaaaaaaaaman! Or maybe Manzier; ref Seinfeld.
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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?
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Bring on Babin, IMO
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He's not "Houston Texans-worthy"
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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.
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Watt lines up in different spots, so it'd just depend...
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