What I saw on the first 15 snaps

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  1. b0ng

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    1st - 10: Mario Lined up at SOLB Watt LDE. 3 step drop Mario bullying RT into backfield, Watt pushing his man backwards as well.
    2nd - 5 : Run play to Smith/Barwin side
    1st - 10: (ESPN Coverage sucks BTW, this play was already snapped when the actual play came back into view on the tv but. Watt looks like he's pushing his man really far into the pocket and Mario was working on the same side as Smith. Barwin was covering RB. Screen pass to RB, pickup of 5.
    2nd - 5 : Watt beat his man good almost batted the ball middle coverage was nowhere. Mario got stonewalled on his bull rush. 3 step drop again for sanchez
    1st - 10: Run towards Mario/Watt side but both those players basically held em in check while Sharpton cleaned up. No gain
    2nd - 9 : 3 step drop again for Sanchez. Mario got cut by Fergesun (straight to the knee), Smith got kind of run over to where Mario fell and was ineffective, Barwin didn't make it in enough time before he got the throw off.
    3rd - 6 : 4 down lineman. Barwin, Smith, Watt, Mario, Adibi close to the line. They rushed 5 (Adibi extra rusher) Mario went in on a stunt and basically pressure from all sides, Sanchez had no choice.
    FG
    Grand Total: 7 snaps

    next possession
    1st - 10: Mario and Barwin switch sides so that Mario is over Smith and Barwin is over Watt. Barwin doesn't quite make it to his position in time before ball is snapped. Bootleg, everybody bites, Sanchez thorws an easy pass that is dropped.
    2nd - 10: Barwin on the weakside quite a bit, lot of ILBs bunched up in the middle Mario outside technique. 3 step drop nobody had a shot to get near Sanchez before the throw. Completed
    1st - 10: 1 Step out route throw to Jason Allen. One of the DB's had okay coverage and got him down without much YAC. Nothing the DLine could do
    2nd - 5 : Infamous draw play that Mario Williams was responsible for as dubbed by ESPN. Suffice to say, I don't think Mario is the one you blame there, ILB's had a shot on him free for a short gain and didn't make the opportunity. Mitchell didn't
    do so hot either
    1st - 10: Watt gets huge pressure up the middle by beating his man badly, and then Earl Mitchell cleans up. RT handled Mario kept him out of the play.
    2nd - 11: Watt and Mario working a lot to gether but it's on the left end. Run towards Barwin/Smith side, offensive penalty repeat down.
    2nd - 20: Draw play to Barwin/Smith side. Cleaned up well.
    3rd - 13: 4 Down lineman Barwin, Smith, Watt, Mario. Nickel packge. A. Smith encroachment.
    3rd - 8 : Tomlinson run, right at Barwin, only good for 3. Punt

    Grand Total 9 snaps

    Overall I'm not as displeased with Mario's performance and I thought before. Jets just took a lot of 3 step drops and some screens and smokes. Get a better overall thought with Saints.
     
  2. b0ng

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    snap of the preseason
     
  3. beerlover

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    The Saints should be a much better measuring stick. Remember last year when the Texans played them I dropped my expectations which turned out to be exactly what happened. Also hope to see how Cameron Jordan is progressing?
     
  4. Allstar

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    Nice analysis. Must spread rep. Just FYI, I'm rewatching right now and I don't believe Mario ever lined up at SOLB. Don't know where you got that idea, not that it really matters anyways.
     
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    Sounds like a measured, knowledgeable take.

    You sure you're on the right message board?
     
  6. Wolf6151

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    Bong, nice analysis. Thanks. Like you, I now feel a little better about Mario's performance. Please do the same analysis after the N.O. game.
     
  7. El Tejano

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    Wade saying that they didn't dial up one blitz makes me feel they aren't going to show everything they are going to do with Mario.
     
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    I got him.
    Agreed, very fair assessment. If there was any sub-par play (and that's probably too harsh a word for preseason game #1) it was with the ILBs and maybe the DTs. No one ran wide around Barwin or Mario. And the Fat Man dialed up quick hitters for Sanchez to execute because he knew his O-line was no match for our rush. Seven sacks (should have been nine if the 3rd stringers would wrap up) says it all.
     


  9. b0ng

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    I swear to you, no BS, that Mario and Watt spent a lot of time over on the Jets right side of the line (Which is why I called it the SOLB spot). He did switch sides, no doubt a few snaps, but him and Watt were lined up it seemed like over the RT/RG more often than not, which was fairly surprising to me.

    I honestly expected to see Mario and Watt lining up both almost exclusively to challenge the Jets left side of the line, but that happened on maybe a few snaps and that was it. I know there were a few plays where Mario didn't do much in rushing the passer but there were other plays I thought where if it was a longer step drop to let routes develop he would have gotten there no problem.

    All in all the Jets passing game against the 1st stringers was pretty much all dink and dunk which is tough to get sacks when they run those sort of plays. I know the feeling around what a lot of people saw is that Mario isn't cut out to be an OLB, but honestly, to me he looked like a guy who can handle those duties, judging by his first action.

    This whole "trade Mario" thing should probably cool it's heels until we see him getting beaten one on one more. If we get another set of dink and dunk plays it's going to be much more on our ILB's and secondary to punish those receivers running short routes.
     
  10. b0ng

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    I looked at it like this:

    Either the Texans DLine and OLBs were playing in opposite spots of where they normally will play, but on my screen going from bottom to top it was usually Mario/Watt on the bottom side while Antonio and Barwin were on the top side of the screen. If I'm Sanchez, I saw Watt/Mario almost exclusively coming from my right side, and Barwin/Smith coming on my left. To me that looked like Barwin played a lot more WOLB than Mario did in these 15 preseason snaps.
     
  11. IDEXAN

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    I can't help but imagine how much more effective and potent this 3-4 would be if Mario was a DE with either Reed or Braman playing right behind him ?
     
  12. b0ng

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    I'm not going to say that Mario can't be effective at that spot (And could be a good replacement for Smith who wasn't terribly impressive) but you can tell why Phillips put Mario where he did. With a 3 - 5 second play for route development, I think he's going to give a lot of tackles real problems. Obviously he can work on his speed moves more to improve but he looked like he has the ability to move Tackles around and possibly come off with an array of moves if he develops them. Obviously we need more of a body of work.

    It's really hard to judge though because almost every one of the 1st string Jets passing plays were not long developing plays, it was mostly short stuff to whomever was open. In those two drives the Jets did not gain more than 30 - 40 yards of offense total, and had one FG and one punt. Sanchez's high completion % looked more like a product of the throws they were asking him to make, more than anything the Texans D did badly.
     
  13. Allstar

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    Just because he lined up on the right didn't mean he was playing SOLB. The offense dictates which side is strong, and which is weak. Mario lined up on the weak side every snap.
     
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  14. Ole Miss Texan

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    Really great work bong! I was disappointed with all the 3 step drops and quick throws. I understand the Jets doing this with their starting C/G both out. If the Texans can show consistent pressure from the front 7... teams will be forced to make quicker throws. When that happens the DBs HAVE to understand what is going on and play closer to their receivers b/c the ball will come out soon. This also helps out with more batted balls as the QB is closer to the LOS and sWatt can get his hands straight up.

    In regards to WOLB vs. SOLB. The strongside has the TE on it, weakside the opposite. Mario will be rushing from the weakside and not have coverage duties. Barwin will be strongside over the TE and may have to drop into coverage, which he did quite a bit game 1. All in all I think CB98 did a decent job at recognizing the play and dropping back, considering its preseason game 1.
     
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    OMG! someone who actually payed attention to the game. ROCK & ROLL!!! Agree with everything you said. Barwin and Mario never really had a chance to get tot he QB cause was taking 3 step drops.

    Great analysis....
     
  16. b0ng

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    Well from what I saw it looked like there was always a TE to the same side as Mario/Watt were doing their work. Is Sanchez a lefty?
     
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    I like the analysis fair enogh, thanks bong. But I don't see how this could ease anyone's mind about our 280lb LB.

    The question was never his pass rsuh ability, we know he can do that & one of his best games he played standing up quite a bit.

    The scary thing about Mario is what are we going to do when the other team tries to force him into coverage by motioning the tight end to his side. We didn't see the Jets try to force the mismatch, s0 the question is still unanswered.
     
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  18. Jackie Chiles

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    Your answer:http://www.houstontexans.com/tv-med...vantages/de8d8813-1be7-4185-8129-6ff80d0682d1

    Listen from the 2:50 mark.
     
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    That's pretty much what the Herring videos over on HT.com answered.

    The coverage of the TE isn't dictated by which LB lines up over him. If WILL is designated to rush, then he rushes, regardless of what the TE does. Other positions (Mo, FS, SS, and possibly even SAM) will rotate to pick him up.
     
  20. 76Texan

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    Sanchez is a righty.

    Unlike many Texans fans, I'm not concerned about Mario.
    I remember at some point during the telecast, when Jaws displayed his concern about Mario at OLB, Gruden quickly calmed him down.
    I don't remember the exact words, but basically, Gruden said that you don't need to worry about Mario.
    I'm in Gruden's camp on this call.

    B0ng, I haven't isolated all the plays (been concentrating on the run plays), I can only tell you that out of the 6 snaps (all run plays), Mario was the WILL 4 times (no TE on his side).
    One time, he lined up as the SDE (4-man front).
    Another time, it was a 2-TE set.
     

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