This article got me thinking about something, and especially the quoted portion below.
Texans pass rush could be overwhelming for quarterbacks
When Phillips has had inside linebackers who can rush, he’s sent them after the passer. Don’t be surprised if Cushing doubles his career high.
If you’re the opposing quarterback, and Phillips is calling for a six-player blitz, here’s who’s coming: Barwin, Mercilus, Watt, Smith, Reed and Cushing.
At first I was thinking that the John McClain wasn't thinking straight when he mentioned a 6-player blitz with these 6 players on the field. I still don't know that its going to happen at all this year, but its not outside the realm of possibility that we'll have Barwin, Reed, and Mercilus on the field at the same time playing linebacker. In Shawne Merriman's first year with San Diego and Wade as his DC there were times when he'd play inside and rush from the inside backer position. It wasn't something that he showed a lot, and I only remember him doing it his rookie year (particularly against Indy when they broke a long winning streak of the Colts in 2005) but don't be surprised if its unveiled against a team like Green Bay or New England.
The danger of that is you're going to have to play man, and leave the defense susceptible to giving up a big play. It would seem like Reed would be a more natural fit to move inside and rush if we were to bring a rush with these 6 guys, but the thought of it has me excited.