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Mario Williams’ job won’t change in Texans’ new defense


New Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips says he wants Mario Williams to do what he does best: Line up at defensive end, put his hand on the ground and rush the quarterback.

In other words, Phillips tells John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, just because he coaches a 3-4 defense, that doesn’t mean he’s moving his best pass-rushing defensive end to outside linebacker.

I think Mario fits in well with what we’re going to do,” Phillips said. “He’s a five-technique, an outside rush guy. That’s what he is. I don’t see any difference for him. He’s going to be outside all the time.”

Although Phillips won’t be able to coach Williams until the lockout is over, he’s already watching tape of the players he has inherited. And he says he doesn’t think Williams looks comfortable when he’s standing up, instead of in a three-point stance.

“When they did stand him up, he took that false step every time, and that made him late on his rush,” Phillips said. “You don’t want him late on the rush. That’s just fundamentals, something you have to work on. That’s what happens when you have a player who’s not used to standing up stand up. I don’t think you need to stand Mario up. He comes off the ball so well with his hand on the ground I don’t know that you’d ever want to stand him up.”

Phillips would love it if the Texans draft a 3-4 outside linebacker who can start as a rookie, but he also likes the talent he already has. That includes Williams, who has led the team in sacks each of the last four seasons, continuing to do what he does best.

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8 Responses to “Mario Williams’ job won’t change in Texans’ new defense”
  1. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 14, 2011 10:56 AM

    Wade, you know Williams doesn’t fit a 3-4 defense. Send him down to Tampa. We’ll gladly take him off your hands.

  2. igster1 says: Mar 14, 2011 11:05 AM

    somehow, someway wade will screw up this defense like all the others he’s had.

  3. texansfan78 says: Mar 14, 2011 12:33 PM

    Phillips stats disagree with your statement igster1. Every defense he has taken over have had significant stat increases with more production.

  4. phillybirds says: Mar 14, 2011 12:46 PM

    eagles should make an offer for mario

  5. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 14, 2011 1:20 PM

    Little scared with this… Personally I think it will work.. Mario is the only player who’s gotten a good sack number the past 4 season’s and there’s a few 3-4 full time end’s that got okay sack numbers. Cullen Jenkins, and BJ Raji are two 3-4 lineman who posted 7 sacks. Almost funny how dom capers coaches them

  6. echolmberg says: Mar 14, 2011 2:54 PM

    Mario will be fine.

    Phillips has coached pass rushing ends in a 3-4 before. When Phillips was the Bills’ defensive coordinator (95-97) Bruce Smith had 10.5, 13, and 14 sacks per year.

    So Wade knows what to do with a pass rushing end.

  7. dg0122 says: Mar 14, 2011 3:08 PM

    could hardly get any worse than 2010…

  8. thefiesty1 says: Mar 14, 2011 3:42 PM

    Bum’s boy is not the answer to the Texans. Williams sack count will drop next season, if there is a season under this ultra conservative defensive scheme. Texans will finish with their usual 8-8 and won’t make the playoffs AGAIN.

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