John McClain’s story on the Texans’ change of plans for Mario Williams arrives Friday.
Williams will surely lose weight, but I don’t know about the idea of messing with him. He’s two inches taller than Ware and finished last season listed nearly 30 pounds heavier. Any snaps with Williams dropping, beyond a handful to cause confusion, are snaps wasting a premier pass rusher’s best talent.
This is quite a change from what the Texans said when Phillips came in with his 3-4.
Then, the company line was that Williams would be what Bruce Smith was in the same system for Phillips in Buffalo.
When I talked to Bruce Smith about that comparison, he didn’t say a word about standing up as a linebacker.
What’s changed in Houston? The Texans drafted J.J. Watt No. 11 overall.
I didn’t think it meant a big change, certainly not one that would turn Williams all the way into a linebacker. He's stood up for plays before, but nowhere near on the scale we might expect now.
Phillips is a very good defensive coach. So I want to see what this looks like. But I am skeptical of any move that takes a guy out of a position where he’s been successful.
We’ll revisit when we see the quotes and explanations in McClain’s piece, I suspect.