The Houston Texans didn’t bring back Anthony Weaver as their defensive coordinator during this offseason, but now the former coach in the Texans organization has found a new home with the Baltimore Ravens.
Weaver was with the Houston Texans the past five seasons, and 2020 was the first year he was the defensive coordinator. Though the Texans defense was one of the very worst in the NFL, not all of that is on Weaver because the unit as a whole didn’t play well. Plus add injuries, the personnel not being the best in some positions, and not much positive is there to coordinate this past season.
Before being the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans in 2020, Weaver was the defensive line coach with the Texans from 2016-19. Weaver has also been a defensive line coach for the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.
In signing with the Ravens, Weaver will be a defensive line coach and the running game coordinator.
In an article by Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com, he quoted Ravens head coach John Harbaugh about signing Weaver — a former 2002 draft pick of the Ravens — as the new defensive line coach:
"“Coach Weaver has put together a mindset that is an attacking-type style. On third down especially, they give you every kind of look, every kind of blitz, the coverages behind it are very impressive. They move J.J. Watt around a lot so you can see he’s thinking about matchups all the time,” Harbaugh said.”"
Houston Texans: Anthony Weaver coached some great players
Though things didn’t work out with Weaver as the defensive coordinator, the Houston Texans will most likely have many new coaches on their staff after they officially hire a new head coach. Weaver did some nice things as a defensive line coach with the Texans, and we can’t forget that.
While with the Houston Texans defense, Weaver had the chance to coach J.J. Watt and other solid defensive linemen, such as D.J. Reader (who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals), and Jadeveon Clowney.
Weaver as defensive coordinator didn’t have the best opportunities when it came to field position either, and in too many games to mention the defense was on the field too many times and for too many game minutes.
The Houston Texans and Weaver are both moving on from each other, but Weaver should have the respect of many from the Texans organization.
Anthony Weaver was a solid and productive defensive line coach for the Houston Texans, but this past season nothing went right for the team defense and the change is being made for the 2021 season.
Time will tell if it will be for the better, but Weaver will keep doing good things in Baltimore as their defensive line coach, and the Houston Texans are rebuilding the defense, including the coaching staff.