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Anthony Weaver enters his second season as defensive line coach for the Houston Texans in 2017. He is in his sixth season as an NFL coach after a seven-year playing career.

Anthony Weaver enters his second season as defensive line coach for the Houston Texans in 2017. He is in his sixth season as an NFL coach after a seven-year playing career.

The Texans, who won their second straight AFC South division championship and advanced to the Divisional Round for the first time since 2012, finished the 2016 season with the NFL’s top-ranked defense for the first time in franchise history, surrendering an average of only 301.3 total net yards per game. They also gave up the fewest first downs (17.0) and second-fewest net passing yards (201.6) per game. From Weeks 8-17, Houston allowed an average of 71.9 net rushing yards per game and opponents only scored three rushing touchdowns during that span, both of which led the league.

Weaver assisted with DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney's transition to playing defensive line in 2016. The former No. 1 overall pick earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after posting personal bests in tackles (52), sacks (6.0), tackles for loss (16), quarterback hits (17) and games played/started (14).

Despite the absence of DE J.J. Watt, the Texans received strong play from multiple young players along the defensive line as it was the first time in franchise history three rookie defensive lineman have started at least one game (NT D.J. Reader, DE Joel Heath and DE Ufomba Kamalu).

Reader, who appeared in all 16 games, made seven starts, which was the fifth-most by a rookie defensive lineman in franchise history and the most since Watt in 2011. Against Oakland in the Divisional Round, Reader became the third rookie in franchise history to record a sack in the postseason, joining Watt and OLB Brooks Reed.

Heath appeared in 12 games for the Texans last year and his six starts were the most by an undrafted rookie defensive lineman in team history. In Week 17 vs. Tennessee, Heath became the first undrafted rookie in franchise history and only undrafted rookie in the NFL in 2016 with 2.0 sacks in a game.

Before joining the Texans, Weaver spent the previous two years (2014-15) in the same role with the Cleveland Browns, where he helped develop multiple players. Weaver worked with DE Desmond Bryant, who led the team in sacks with a career-high 6.0 in 2015 after finishing second on the team with 5.0 in 2014. Bryant had only recorded 5.0-or-more sacks in a season once before. Additionally, Weaver helped with the development of Browns rookie first-round pick DT Danny Shelton and undrafted rookie DT Jamie Meder.

In 2014, the Browns defensive line was plagued by injuries with starters Phil Taylor (11 games missed), Armonty Bryant (11 games missed) and John Hughes (nine games missed) missing significant action, which forced the team into 10 different starting lineup combinations. Despite being hindered by injuries, Weaver’s unit contributed to a defense that led the league in opposing quarterback passer rating (74.1) and finished tied for fourth in the NFL in takeaways (29).

In 2013, Weaver served as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, where his defensive linemen accounted for 47 of the Bills’ 57 sacks, a franchise record and the second most in the NFL in 2013. Buffalo was the only team to have three players record double-digit sacks, including DE Mario Williams leading the team and finishing fourth in the NFL with 13.0. DT Kyle Williams registered a career-high 10.5 sacks and DE Jerry Hughes added 10.0. DT Marcell Dareus posted a career-best 7.5 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl along with Mario and Kyle Williams.

Prior to Buffalo, Weaver spent the 2012 season as the assistant defensive line coach with the New York Jets. He also spent the 2011 campaign as the linebackers coach at the University of North Texas after beginning his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Florida in 2010.

Before his coaching career, Weaver played seven seasons (2002-08) as a defensive end in the NFL, including four with the Baltimore Ravens (2002-05) and three with the Texans at the end of his career (2006-08). After being drafted in the second round (52nd overall) by the Ravens in 2002, Weaver appeared in 103 career regular season games (98 starts) and recorded 260 tackles, 15.5 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

A native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Weaver was a four-year starter at Notre Dame and earned All-American honors as a standout college player.

Weaver and his wife, Kristin, have a son, Anthony Weaver Jr.

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