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Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:28 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Texans hired Wade Phillips to be the team’s defensive coordinator – and, in the process, switched from the 4-3 to the 3-4 scheme – some of us wondered what would happen to 4-3 DE Mario Williams.

In fact, less than two months ago, Phillips addressed the issue himself, saying he didn’t envision Williams’ role changing much, particularly since he wasn’t all that effective when trying to rush the quarterback from the standing position.

Super Mario
Perhaps Phillips has changed his mind.

As the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain writes in a recent online chat (via Pro Football Talk) , the Texans will move Williams to the outside linebacker spot.

Now this doesn’t mean Williams won’t get down in his three-point stance, because he most likely will at some point. But that also means Williams also will playing standing up quite a bit more than he normally would.

And now Houston’s first-round pick of DE J.J. Watt actually makes more sense. Assuming Watt can play the defensive end spot, that would allow Williams to jump right into his new position and figure out how to be effective.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

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Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:02 am
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

If you have Seymour,Warren and Wilfork...
who will play NT?Hampton,Jenkins,Jamaal Williams....?



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:04 am
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

I doubt very seriously that the Texans will move Williams to OLB on an every down basis.

In a 3-4 the DE lines up over the OT in a 5 technique.  This is the standard alignment that enables DE's to anchor against running plays.  I do foresee the Texans using Williams as their "elephant" OLB on obvious passing downs in an effort to create mis-matches with Watt, Cushing, Reed and Barwin on the field at the same time.

The advantage of the 3-4 is the confusing blitz packages.  Who's dropping and who's coming?  I don't know if Williams is agile enough to cover the faster TE's and RB's.  Phillips probably made the comment tongue-in-cheek, but we'll see.  It will be interesting to watch the Texans D this fall.



Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: May 6, 2011 9:50 am
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

Your comments are slightly confusing. But you have much more speed and power coming out of a 3-point stance vs standing up. The disadvantage to the 3-point stance is in direction because it commits you to going straight forward with the first step or two. While in the stand-up position (2-point stance) you can virtual go any direction based off assignment or read.  In the Pros all it takes is only one step for you to get beat. Why are sprinters set in a 4-point stance? Speed and power.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2011 3:28 am
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

well lumpoco, i don't know if im exactly an expert either, but typically OLBs in a 3-4 do have more responsibilities than rushing the passer...they do much more man and zone coverage than in a 4-3 where the lineman do it very sparingly...and mario williams is like 6'6 290 so it doesn't seem like a great idea for that guy to be dropping back and trying to cover a receiver or running back in the open field



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

We played a 4-3 in high school. Worked pretty well, except our offense was so bad that we were on the field a lot. Unfortunately I played both lol..

the difference is angle. When you're coming out of a 3 point stance, you have a little less leeway for getting up to speed and power. coming from basically a standing position, you have a lot more, plus you get to build up a head of steam coming in from the linebacker position.




Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

Personal comfort level and leverage/pad level. Much different leverage when you are standing up.

They are going to go out of their way to ruin this guy. Sad.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Is Wade Phillips moving Mario Williams to OLB?

Is there really a difference between lining up while "standing up" as opposed to "being in a 3 point stance"? It seems that no matter how you start it's whether you get to the QB in time is most important. Does it have something to do with momentum and leverage? All the draft experts have said that all the great lineman drafted in trhe first round had either played in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense and it would be tough for them to make the transition. I remember when I used to play football as a youth. On defense, we just lined up and rushed the passer. How simple was that? We didn't have to worry about 3-4 or 4-3. Should we be standing...should we be in a 3 point stance? Yes, I admit I'm am not an expert on NFL defenses. So please enlighten me. I'd greatly appreciate. Thank you.


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