Texans First-Year Defensive Coordinator Anthony Weaver Not Bothered By Pressure

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- With the Texans returning most players from a defense that ranked last in defending the red zone, next to last in third-down conversions and struggled to get to the quarterback, first-year defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver has a lot of work ahead of him. 

While trying to improve upon last season, the world has been hit with a global health crisis that is impacting sports. Weaver begins his run as the Texans defensive coordinator in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in which physical contact is minimal and normal ways of evaluating football players are no longer normal at the moment. 

Weaver spoke Wednesday about the challenges of not having preseason games or organized team activities during the offseason. 

He said players are doing well processing information. Some of them, like J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, have talked about Weaver's creativity. They said he's playing to the roster's strengths and introducing new concepts. 

But Weaver won't be able to watch any of these players and concepts materialize until the Texans open their season against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 10. 

Weaver, however, said he's not feeling the pressure because he's been preparing for this moment.

“As far as pressure is concerned, I don’t really feel a ton of it. I know calling the plays will certainly be a new test for me but it’s one I’ve been preparing for a long time. It’s not the pressure I faced running out as a true freshman at the University of Notre Dame against the University of Michigan. That was pressure because I was going to get smacked in the face by Jon Runyan. This is nothing. I can handle this. Knowing the roster is certainly an advantage. Having been around these guys, having relationships developed already, that’s been a huge advantage and of course having Romeo there to lean on to assist whenever I have any questions is huge. I’m blessed.

"As far as pressure goes, I don’t feel a ton of it right now. The only pressure I feel is getting our guys prepared to play.”

Weaver, who still doubles up as the defensive line coach, was promoted to coordinator in January. 

The Texans will have new coordinators or play callers in all three phases of the game -- second-year offensive coordinator Tim Kelly will call plays for the first time and Tracy Smith was recently promoted to special teams coordinator after the retirment of Brady Seely. 

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