NFL Network recently asked Heath Evans if the Houston Texans can use J.J. Watt differently then previously used against the New England Patriots. The conversation was brought up because in their previous encounter, Watt was constantly smothered by two blockers, rendering the entire defense ineffective without their point man.
Evans proposed the Texans use more stunts, which is essentially having 2 lineman cross over each other to cause confusion and disruption between offensive lineman and their blocking scheme. Most teams would use their linebackers to pressure down the middle, but the Texans cannot afford to with the amount of injuries the position has suffered.
The idea is so you can have J.J. Watt against less formidable pass blockers than Logan Mankins and Nate Solder, from a 2-1 scenario, to a 1-1 scenario. By moving around Watt and having him stunt more, it would be more likely to see Watt in one on one match ups where he excels.
- Antonio Furgiuele