Texans to Switch Super Mario to Weakside Linebacker?

The Houston Texans told Chron.com that defensive end Mario Williams will be standing up next season in Wade Phillip’s 3-4 defensive front.  Williams, who has been the right end for the Texans since he was picked number one overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, will be likely placed at weakside linebacker opposite either third-year Connor Barwin or rookie Brooks Reed.  The Texans will likely do all they can to avoid him playing in coverage (i.e. standing up in rushing situations and playing down in passing situations).  ProFootballTalk.com reported that the Texans drafting J.J. Watt at number 11 overall was a move to setup Williams (6’6″, 290lb) at linebacker.   Defensive coordinator Wade Phillip has compared Williams  to his former Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker stud De Marcus Ware.  Phillips was high on Ware when joining the Cowboys in 2007.  In four seasons under Phillips, Ware totaled 230 tackles and 60.5 sacks.  Can you see Mario totaling these numbers and making the Super Mario World theme song overplayed in Houston?


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