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.
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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