Mario getting some respect from Michigan..

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  1. drewmar74

    drewmar74 disgruntled

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    Didn't see this posted anywhere else.

    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2008/10/lions_backus_to_be_tested_by_t.html

    FWIW, Marinelli (Detroit HC) was the D-line coach for some very good Tampa defenses. I like what he has to say about Mario and its good to see MW getting more and more "love" around the league - even from Jeff Backus who's going to line up against him tomorrow. I enjoy vindication. :splits:

    Backus will be lining up against one of the most promising young defensive ends in the league -- Mario Williams, who was the first overall pick in the 2006 draft.

    "He's got speed and power and he pretty much has it all,'' Backus said of the 6-6 and 285-pound Williams. "For the most part, I play against lighter guys than that, they're speed guys. He has the body type to bring both speed -- he's quick off the ball -- and he's big enough that he can power-rush you. Potentially, he can do it all.''

    Williams, who had a franchise-record 14 sacks last season, has six of Houston's seven sacks this year. The Texans took a lot of heat in 2006 when they passed on USC running back Reggie Bush to take Williams, who only had 4 1/2 sacks in his rookie season.

    "They were obviously two great players coming out,'' Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. "Now, I like Mario a lot. I think he's a big-time player -- and he's proven that. It's just not the number of sacks, it's the number of close ones. I mean, he's around that thing all the time, so he's a force.''

    Marinelli, whose specialty is defensive linemen, said it's not unusual for a high draft pick to struggle for a season or two before catching on at the NFL level.
     
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  2. threetoedpete

    threetoedpete Hall of Fame

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    Thanks for the heads up. Been watching Mario working the Reggie White hump move. As he gains more confidence in it, that weapon will make him a very dangerous man. Be exciting to him setting up moves for counter moves in the forth quarter as he gains more experience.
     
  3. ObsiWan

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    the "hump move"??
    sounds interesting. care to elaborate..?
     
  4. Thorn

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    Are you sure you want to know? LOL
     
  5. nero THE zero

    nero THE zero Hall of Fame

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    When did Mario lose an inch and 10 pounds?
     
  6. ATXtexanfan

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    I thought the same thing, I can see losing the 10 lbs but not the inch
     
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    The hump move is pretty rough on the body.
     
  8. ObsiWan

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    hmmmm....
    good point.
    perhaps not.
     


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