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A tiny Taste of Mario as an OLB

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Some hubbub has been made in the media over the past 48 hours about some “news” that John McClain mentioned in which he claims that Mario Williams will be moving to outside linebacker. First of all, that’s not news. It’s speculation and second of all, Mario will be doing many things, most likely, standing up on some plays and down in a three point stance in others. Even more likely, practicing in various positions and inevitably doing whatever it is he’s good at. I can’t stress enough that these guys haven’t played a single down, regulation or practice under Wade Phillips so no decisions have been made as to who is playing where. Just the same, I thought I’d dust off one of our video’s from last season in which you can see Mario dropping as an OLB. Click below to continue.

Mario as he stands right now would be the largest outside linebacker in the history of the NFL. At 6’7″, 290 pounds, he would be frightening anywhere he lines up. There has been speculation that Phillips would have Williams slim down but I’m not sure that would be the case. I think Phillips will do whatever makes Mario the most comfortable. It is clear to me that Wade Phillips believes in taloring his defense to his players so if Mario is more comfortable at 290, he’ll play at 290. If he’s more comfortable with his hand down, he’ll play with his hand down. Phillips wants his players to play fast and aggressive and they achieve that by being comfortable. So don’t get to wound up about where Mario will play. He’ll play on the field in Reliant on Sunday’s and that’s good enough for me.

Just to give a hint as to what kind of effect he could have, here is a play versus Oakland last year. In this particular play, Demeco Ryans and Xavier Adibi are blitzing while Williams drops into coverage. While he’s dropping from the DE position you can get an idea of what it will be like with him in space. The thing that stands out to me is the shear size of Mario and how disruptive it is on this particular play. You’ll see Oakland Raiders quarterback, Bruce Gradkowski look to his right for a receiver streaking across the middle only to see a giant mountain of a man in his way. Gradkowski’s reaction is a perfectly natural one, he tucks tail and runs away, into the arms of #59 who is there to console him. The video is in two parts: In the first part, watch Mario Williams at the snap. The second portion of the video is the same play but is a replay from the perspective of the QB. Imagine yourself as Bruce Gradkowski attempting to throw a pass in the middle of the field. This was the Texans third sack of the day. Watch why it happened. Without further adieu, Mario Williams in coverage:

So, what do you think?


Written by Barrett

May 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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    Mr WordPress

    May 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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