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Dramatic Difference On Defense For Texans

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

The Texans two field generals, head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, are about as domineering as Wal-Mart greeters.

"They get their point across, they just don't do it publicly," said Houston offensive lineman Kasey Studdard.

After all, why be demonstrative when your stats can put on a show for you?

Kubiaks's offense has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL each of the past four seasons.  Up until last year, when Phillips took over as defensive coordinator, the gap between the Texans' offense and defense was thicker than the Houston humidity.  That is not the case anymore.

"The best teach and the best kind of pressure is peer pressure," says Houston defensive back Danieal Manning.  "We practice against [the offense] everyday."

I ask them to do certain things and if they don't do it, I tell them they didn't do it," says Wade Phillips, entering his second season as Houston's defensive coordinator.  "I try to be honest with my players."

In his first season with the Texans, Phillips turned the NFL's worst defense into the league's second best.  However, the buzz around training camp is that Houston's "D" could be even better in 2012.

"We set high goals with our team and we expect to make it," says Phillips.  "We've got a great, hard-working team.  They're self-motivated."

"You can tell the mark of a team that wants to consider itself among the best," says Manning.  "Personnel, work ethic, things like that.  But you can't just put that down on paper, you have to put it on wax."

So while Houston worries about waxing, the Texans days as merely a one-dimensional football team are waning.  Houston has transformed itself into a well-rounded contender, and done so without a whole lot of pomp and circumstance.  Exactly like their unassuming field generals would want it.Dramatic Difference On Defense For Texans


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Scores & Schedules

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INTERLEAGUE

Miami 4 Houston 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE Sunday's Games

Toronto 5, N.Y. Yankees 4

Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2

Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 10, Kansas City 3

L.A. Angels 2, Detroit 1

Baltimore 3, Seattle 2, 10 innings

Oakland 9, Texas 3

Monday's Games

Toronto (Dickey 8-10) at Boston (Buchholz 5-6), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Phelps 5-4) at Texas (Darvish 9-6), 8:05 p.m.

Oakland (J.Chavez 8-6) at Houston (Oberholtzer 2-7), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Sunday's Games

Washington 4, Cincinnati 2

Philadelphia 4, Arizona 2

N.Y. Mets 2, Milwaukee 0

St. Louis 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 5

Atlanta 8, San Diego 3

L.A. Dodgers 4, San Francisco 3

Monday's Games

San Diego (Lane 0-0) at Atlanta (E.Santana 9-6), 12:10 p.m.

Arizona (C.Anderson 6-4) at Cincinnati (Bailey 8-5), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (A.Burnett 6-9) at N.Y. Mets (B.Colon 9-8), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (Zimmermann 6-5) at Miami (Eovaldi 5-6), 7:10 p.m.

Colorado (Flande 0-2) at Chicago Cubs (Wada 0-1), 8:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Worley 3-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 12-7), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Milwaukee (Lohse 11-4) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 6-8), 7:10 p.m.

MLS

Sunday's Games

Vancouver 2, FC Dallas 2, tie

Portland 3, Montreal 2

Monday's Games

Los Angeles at Seattle FC, 10 p.m.

WNBA

Sunday's Games

Minnesota 76, Connecticut 65

Washington 77, Atlanta 67

Tulsa 79, Chicago 69

Monday's Games

Indiana at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

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