Anthony Weaver enters year one as the Texans defensive coordinator, and he's making some changes.
The team's defensive line coach since 2016, Weaver was named the defensive coordinator this offseason. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing all NFL squads to conduct a virtual offseason in place of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamps, Weaver said he and the assistants have made the most of the situation.
"Early on all of us, the position coaches, had individual meetings with our players, and then right away we decided to teach some of the changes we made from a terminology standpoint and then get right into the install," Weaver said. "The one thing about this format is we can get into some graduate level details where we're not under the gun, we're not in a rush. Obviously the Commissioner extended the virtual program today, which I kind of guessed that was probably going to happen. So, we're being able to teach some graduate level stuff that probably you would skim over otherwise."
Weaver and the Texans began their virtual offseason program April 27, and he's excited about the season ahead. He also believes the Texans can improve in a few areas, including on third down. With "all the pieces" player-wise to improve, Weaver said the defense will be called a bit differently on third down this season.
"I think schematically we'll probably be a little bit more exotic, which potentially will allow our guys to have more success so that offenses can't pinpoint exactly where players are going to be," Weaver said. "So, we're just, again, through scheme, just trying to create more opportunities for our guys."
Weaver will continue to coach the defensive line as well, with help from assistants Matt O'Donnell, Akeem Dent, linebackers coach Chris Rumph, and associate head coach Romeo Crennel.
Weaver's happy Crennel, who was the defensive coordinator last season, will be there to help when needed.
"Romeo has no problem jumping in," Weaver said. "He made hay in the league early on coaching the defensive line."
Weaver and the Texans are slated to open the regular season on Thursday Night Football in Week 1 at Kansas City.
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