That would come in 2015, according to Mercilus, when he had his first double-digit sack season (12) and career-high tackles for loss (14).
The fifth-year outside linebacker recalls it similarly. The coaches were hard on him, but he always had a top-notch work ethic, arriving at 6 a.m., working out, watching tape, and working on his technique.
“Our coaching staff is real hard,” Mercilus said. “They expect nothing but the best and they want to draw the best out of each player. I’m always on a routine. I always do everything the same. Anytime anybody challenges me, I always look forward to that challenge so that I can prove to them and my peers that I’m great at what I do.”
Mercilus says his understanding of the game and concepts of offensive schemes reached another level. He also made small changes to give him a competitive advantage, one of which included improving his diet.
“My body is running at a higher rate, you would say, kind of like a Ferrari,” Mercilus said. “You’ve got to fuel. You are what you eat, I think. Just eating healthy, I’ve been able to play a lot faster and go longer.”
This season, Mercilus became the first player in franchise history to have multiple sacks in two consecutive playoff contests. In Saturday’s Wild Card game against Oakland, Mercilus recorded two sacks, as well as two quarterback hits, three TFLs, and seven tackles. He is now tied with
The Texans will travel to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots for the AFC Divisional game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.