I know, I was surprised too, but Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter does not pile onto the talk about Mario Williams being lost in his transition to outside linebacker.â†µ
What did he do? Two sacks and a host of other good things, including "throwing a guy out the club." Well, that may not have happened in the game, but it has happened since the transition, precisely because he is a big, big man. Williams looked good, but as the article states, he got his sacks when he was matched up on Dallas Clark.
Then again, that's exactly why Williams is lined up in his new position. He's going to get matched up with a tight end occasionally and his size and strength are going to make him a terror when matched up with ends. I'm sure teams will have to start developing schemes to help these guys out. But, that will then free up guys like Antonio Smith and J.J. Watt to beat their guys outright.â†µ
It's one game, but it showed the potential this defense brings for making Mario an impact player (moreso than he already was). The article also deals with another reason Mario could have a monster season. For some reason, the Texans let him get to a contract year. If past evidence is any indicator, he's going to play at an insane level to make as much money as possible this offseason.â†µ