Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips Clarifies Defense and Roles

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips put a bit more clarification on his defense and the players’ roles in it.  Citing the rumor-like “3-4 from 4-3? over-analysis in Houston, Phillips told HoustonTexans.com that his defense really is a “5-2.”

“We play five defensive linemen that can rush the passer and two inside ‘backers who can tackle people. And we think Mario certainly fits in there.”

In the 5-2, Mario will play on his feet but near the line at the Will (weakside) linebacker.  Head coach Gary Kubiak looks to taking reign ofhis “versatile” defense.  Phillips says Mario will be at the Texans’ “premier position.”

“We put (Williams) in the premier position.  You’re rushing the passer more at Will, and so that’s where we put him. We were looking in the draft for the best pass rusher. Well, we had him on our team, and so we just moved him to that position rather than going the other way around.”

Kubiak also hopes to add former Texan in-season free agent, free agent defensive end Mark Anderson, this offseason.  Although the lineups are far from set, we can know that at linebacker, Mario Williams will rush at the Will.  DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing will man the middle of the field.  Connor Barwin and J.J. Watt will compete for the starting Sam linebacker position.  Kevin Bentley and Zach Diles are free agents. Darryl Sharpton, Xavier Adibi and Stanford Keglar provide depth.  Darryl Sharpton looks like a promising talent, and Adibi should put some work in before his free agency in 2012.  Stanford Keglar is an excellent special teams player and practice player for the offense.  I’m not sure which Texans’ linebacker is expected to defend Dallas Clark.  Pollard’s not on the team anymore to knock the other team around.

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