Inside The Bills

Texans mix up personnel groupings a lot

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2015 – 10:40 am

The Houston Texans have made use of a large number of personnel groupings on their current winning streak. They had 12 different groupings against the Jets and another nine against the Saints, both victories. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said they’re not going to get too wrapped up in all the different packages Houston can throw out on the field.

“We try not to get caught up in that,” said Thurman. “We always say they only have five eligibles. You gotta go cover whoever’s eligible, the guys who throw the football, whether they’re a runner or receiver. You have to deal with them. You can’t get caught up in who they are.  A lot of times who they are doesn’t necessarily mean what they’re doing, because they can do the same thing. Just change up their personnel grouping.”

Cecil Shorts has been used in a number of ways by the Texans. He’s taken direct snaps in their Wildcat package, he’s thrown flea flickers for touchdowns and last week took a shovel pass while in motion and scored a touchdown.


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