The Houston Texans were one of the last teams to open up training camp this season. The Texans also hope to be one of the last teams playing in February. The push for the playoffs this season in Houston is obvious and lots expectations are rising for this team that looks great on paper.
"Everyday that we get together we are trying to make that push," said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. "Our team got better, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We've added some key pieces that we think can help us."
Those "pieces" would be two free agent signings that improved the Texans defense over night. Cornerback Jonathon Joseph and Daniael Manning were added to Houston's roster in late July and hope to get the Texans to see their first football game as a franchise in January when the playoffs begin.
"There are a lot of new faces on the team, but this team is stockpiled with a bunch of great players," said new Texans safety Daniael Manning. "Mario [Williams], [Brian] Cushing, [DeMeco] Ryans, all these guys are ballers on the defensive side."
The Texans had the number two ranked offense last season and still managed to miss the playoffs, thanks in large part to their worst-in-the-league pass defense. The Texans made it a point to try and change that this off season hiring former Cowboy head coach Wade Phillips on as defensive coordinator.
The new toys Phillips has to play with in his defense can not begin practicing with the team until Thursday, August 4th, the day the NFL recognizes as the start of the league year.
The Texans being buyers during this shortened NFL free agency period surprised a lot of people, but will this put Houston over the hump and into the playoffs? The end result is yet to be seen, but will be interesting to watch.
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