Nov 9, 2012
I am not one to read to much into what a coach says, as far as game plans are concerned, during the week, but it is hard to ignore these comments from the Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
“We (will) double cover him every play. That’s our plan. We’re going to double cover him every play”
While it seems odd that Phillips would disclose his approach against an elite receiver, this isn’t exactly a revolutionary idea. This does, however, limit my optimism on Brandon Marshall this week. Double coverage is tough to beat, and with a sometimes erratic QB in Jay Cutler, Marshall owners could be in for a long night. The Texans front line is strong, and if they can apply pressure early, Marshall won’t have time to find breathing room against a double team.
If they do in fact double team him, it is hard to project Marshall as a WR1 this week. You’re probably not benching him, but I’d think twice before starting Cutler as a top 15 QB this week. I know that is difficult after a big performance last weekend, but remember, those stats won’t help you this week.