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Old 04-09-2011   #21
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Very telling is the part where he says in his first year with the Texans, there were a lot of packages that are just like the 3-4 (basically, they were 3-4 or variations of the 3-4; and I've been saying that the Texans system have a lot of similarities to Wade's 3-4; some of their packages are exactly the same; some are variations but with the same responsibilities for players lining up at the same spots or basically the same spots.)

Also, Barwin indicates that he's close to 100%, which reiterates what Kubiak said: that he expected Barwin to recover well.
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Ask is he feels (or really, if he's aware) that his presence is a big reason why the Texans think they have the talent to make the switch to 3-4.
Appreciate you throwin in this question...ha, he kind of disagreed and then agreed by saying he doesn't think he's the reason they switched but then said they did see him as an OLB, even throwing in packages for him.

The BIG reason they switched might be bringing in Phillips but it certainly helps that they have at least one decent candidate to be the rush backer. Not like they have a classic big NT (at that, they're relying more on a 2nd round backer than a top ten DT) or a secondary capable of supporting a blitzing defense. I think Cushing's versatility also helps.
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Appreciate you throwin in this question...ha, he kind of disagreed and then agreed by saying he doesn't think he's the reason they switched but then said they did see him as an OLB, even throwing in packages for him.

The BIG reason they switched might be bringing in Phillips but it certainly helps that they have at least one decent candidate to be the rush backer. Not like they have a classic big NT (at that, they're relying more on a 2nd round backer than a top ten DT) or a secondary capable of supporting a blitzing defense. I think Cushing's versatility also helps.
It appears that there is significant uncertainty at EVERY D position, whether it be due to injury/recovery, a pattern of inconsistent performance or appropriateness of position in a new scheme.

I believe that the Texans are grossly understating the ease of transition for obvious PR reasons. Even if we were using a mixed form of 3-4 in past years, it isn't the one we will be using this year. The personel we have are very questionable to that end. The playbooks are indeed in the hands of the players. However, further complicating things occurs if the lockout extends into the preseason. Having spoken to a number of NFL players in the past, the playbook offers "the basics" of a scheme. The meat of the scheme resides in the mechanics and realtime algorithm that can only be coached on the field.

Players even now would routinely be able to ask their new coaches questions they have about the new playbook. Even the established veterans in this case could not mentor the younger players in that that are not familiar with Wade's D...............add to that, most of the present personel have not played the true 3-4.
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Cool piece EmDiggy. Keep bringing those Texans interviews.
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