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Phillips Says Mario to Stay at DE; Mitchell Likely to Play NT

While changes are being made to the Texans’ defense, Mario Williams will be staying put at defensive end.  The Houston Chronicle reported today that Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Williams won’t be standing up either.

“I think Mario fits in well with what we’re going to do.  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.”

“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.”

The Chronicle also reported that the Texans will likely utilize Earl Mitchell (6’3″, 330 lbs) along with recently re-signed Shaun Cody (6’4″, 310 lbs) at nose tackle, while Antonio Smith and Williams start at the ends.   Notably, Williams, 26, is in his last year of his rookie contract.  You would figure the Texans will be coaching to Williams’ strengths to have a chance at keeping him in 2013. The team could possibly look to add a premier defensive end to start opposite Williams or add another interior lineman who can ease off Williams’ usual double teams.

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