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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

April 23, 2014 07:08 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Angels 7 Washington 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Kansas City 8, Cleveland 2

Toronto 9, Baltimore 3

Detroit 8, Chicago White Sox 6

Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 3

N.Y. Yankees 9, Boston 3

Texas 5, Oakland 4

Houston 5, Seattle 2

Wednesday's Games

Texas (M.Perez 3-0) at Oakland (Gray 3-0), 3:35 p.m.

Houston (Cosart 1-2) at Seattle (C.Young 0-0), 3:40 p.m.

Kansas City (Vargas 2-0) at Cleveland (Masterson 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore (Tillman 2-1) at Toronto (McGowan 1-1), 7:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Rienzo 0-0) at Detroit (Smyly 1-1), 7:08 p.m.

Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2) at Tampa Bay (Odorizzi 1-2), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 2-1) at Boston (Lackey 2-2), 7:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games

Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 1

Miami 1, Atlanta 0

St. Louis 3, N.Y. Mets 0

Chicago Cubs 9, Arizona 2

San Diego 2, Milwaukee 1, 12 innings

Colorado 2, San Francisco 1

Philadelphia 3, L.A. Dodgers 2, 10 innings

Wednesday's Games

Miami (Eovaldi 1-1) at Atlanta (Harang 3-1), 12:10 p.m.

Arizona (Miley 2-2) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-2), 2:20 p.m.

San Francisco (M.Cain 0-3) at Colorado (Chatwood 1-0), 3:10 p.m.

Cincinnati (Simon 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-2), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wacha 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-2), 7:10 p.m.

San Diego (T.Ross 2-2) at Milwaukee (Lohse 3-1), 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Hamels 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 3-0), 10:10 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-2) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 3-1), 7:05 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS

Tuesday, April 22

Indiana 101, Atlanta 85, series tied 1-1

Toronto 100, Brooklyn 95, series tied 1-1

Washington 101, Chicago 99, OT, Washington leads series 2-0

Wednesday, April 23

Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m.

Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m.

NHL PLAYOFFS

Tuesday, April 22

Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3, Montreal wins series 4-0

Boston 3, Detroit 0, Boston leads series 2-1

N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1, N.Y. Rangers leads series 2-1

San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3, OT, , San Jose leads series 3-0

Wednesday, April 23

Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Dallas, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Chicago, 9:30 p.m.

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