Texans Will Use Mario at LB

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  1. HoustonFrog

    HoustonFrog Dallas Frog

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    Heard them talking about this on the radio and think it is an interesting debate since he doesn't have the quicks you would expect.
    http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/nfl/204132/football-headlines?r=1

     
  2. V3rm0nt3r

    V3rm0nt3r All Pro

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    I like it. This put's the most talent on the field possible for the Texans which is a must.
    Envisioned starters in the front 7
    DE: A. Smith
    NT: Mitchel/Cody/Okoye
    DE:Watt
    OLB: Mario
    ILB: DeMeco
    ILB: Cushing
    OLB: Reed/Barwin

    Can't hate that lineup.
     
  3. Corrosion

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    I just hope they dont expect him to cover TE's or RBs' ....

    Im almost positive that teams will find ways to exploit his presence at OLB.

    On paper , it looks like a dynamic pass rushing group .... who knows how it will play out on the field.
     
  4. HoustonFrog

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    What they were talking about this morning is that teams that play Double TE sets...NE, Dallas, etc(with 2 athletic TEs) can take advantage of the seams because you don't know if those guys can cover or who can cover. Overall he isn't Ware so I don't see this, though it frees others up.
     
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    Bad idea.
     
  6. Ole Miss Texan

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    Agreed. I think when it's all said and done... even if he's called an OLB, his role will be pretty much the exact same as when he was a "43 DE".
     
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    I call BS. I'm sure he will be used as a pass rush OLB at times, but I'm willing to guarantee he will not be there full time. I see Watt, Smith and Mario in a DE rotation most of the time. With Barwin, Reed and someone else possibly playing the OLB's. I can see passing downs being totally different with Mario and Barwin standing. Watt, Smith and Mitchell being the down linemen.

    IMO, Mario would be a huge liability in coverage. He just doesn't have the quick burst of a Barwin or Reed
     
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    Anyone remember Ed "too tall" Jones....6'9"?
     


  9. IBleedTexans

    IBleedTexans Superbowl Bound

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    This sounds like mclame trying to be ahead of the pack type of projection. I swear that fat sack of poop knows no inside at all! Amazing how he still has a job.
     
  10. ArlingtonTexan

    ArlingtonTexan Moderator Staff Member

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    Williams is going to be playing the position of pass rusher. He may start front a two point or three point stance. The texans probably will be in its 4 man pass rush front as much as the pure 3-4. Mario will rarely be doing anything he does not do now

    edit: grammar and mechanics clean up.
     
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  11. disaacks3

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    This is what I expect to see "normally"

    DE: Watt / A. Smith
    NT: Mitchell/Cody/Okoye
    DE: Mario
    OLB: Reed/Mario
    ILB: DeMeco
    ILB: Cushing
    OLB: Barwin/Reed

    Passing situations (3rd & Long)

    DE: A. Smith
    NT: Watt
    DE: Mario
    OLB: Reed
    ILB: DeMeco
    ILB: Cushing
    OLB: Barwin


    I hope you're right. If Mario doesn't "buy in", then the Texans will suffer.
     
  12. TexCanada

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    Exactly. Wade will put him in positions to attack the QB. All this talk about positions is really over-rated and makes no difference. Mario will be rushing the QB.
     
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    LOL, Mario will never be on the depth chart as a LB. Walrus tweet aside. As AT said, he may sometimes not put his hand down. That doesn't make him a LB.

    And WTF about Mario not being as athletic as Peppers?
     
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    Mario isn't really quick enough to be playing the weakside DE in a 4-3, and I think he's even less qualified to be playing at OLB in a 3-4. Everybody knows he should have been playing strongside 4-3 DE from Day 1.
    I really think this is all a concerted effort in and out of the media by the Texans to appease Mario, because he's not at all happy about the prospects of playing in the 3-4. And he is one of the most valuable properties among all
    Defensive lineman in the league, especially when one considers his relative youth at only 26. If I were the Texans I'd trade him while they have the opportunity to realize value for him and when the new CBA is worked out, because the window of opportunity to get value for him is rapidly closing.
     
  16. nero THE zero

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    This is a very Texans decision.

    Mario is the prototype 3-4 DE, is entirely too big to play LB, and, according to Wade himself, takes false steps when playing standing up. Yet, they're going to attempt to stand him up to appease him and his hesitance to play inside.

    I predict 1 of 2 things; this is either a quick, failed experiment, or our defense will continue to struggle and play poorly.

    FWIW, Granato was saying the same thing this morning on the radio, citing sources "inside the organization."
     
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    Thats what Im thinking - So what we will see is a 43 with 3 DE's rather than a 34 with MW at OLB. Wonder what LB they put on MW's side of the field .... Cushing or Barwin/Reed ?
     
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    I wouldn't look too much into this. He will play SOME OLB, but I suspect the majority of his snaps will come on the line.
     
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    "INSIDE SOURCES"?????......................inside WHAT?


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