Mario Williams: Shift to OLB Seen as a Positive in Houston
Wade Phillips Confident Change Will Be Good for Williams
As Wade Phillips begins his overhaul of the Houston Texans' defense, one move will be switching defensive end Mario Williams over to an outside linebacker.
The Texans and Williams both are excited by the move, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"I'm very excited about this," Williams said, according to the Chronicle. "I think it'll be a good change-up for our team -- not just for me, but overall because of the flexibility Wade will have with the way he'll be able to mix things up."
Williams has 48 sacks in five seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2009.
The future looks good in Houston, assuming there is a 2011 season. The bane of the 2010 season was the defense, which did not perform anywhere near up to expectations and became the main reason the Texans missed the playoffs.
The Texans, after getting off to a hot start, finished 6-10 and fired defensive coordinator Frank Bush.
There really were not many other options for the Texans. The talent on the defense seemed good going into the season, the unit just never came together and Bush took the heat for the numerous failures.
It is a new perspective with Phillips now, and the Texans will be expected to contend in 2011.
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