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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

Tampa Bay 2 Milwaukee 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Monday's Games

Toronto 14, Boston 1

Texas 4, N.Y. Yankees 2

Houston 7, Oakland 3

Tuesday's Games

L.A. Angels (Weaver 11-6) at Baltimore (Tillman 7-5), 7:05 p.m.

Seattle (Iwakuma 8-5) at Cleveland (Bauer 4-5), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Quintana 5-7) at Detroit (An.Sanchez 7-4), 7:08 p.m.

Toronto (Stroman 6-2) at Boston (R.De La Rosa 3-3), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (McCarthy 2-0) at Texas (N.Martinez 1-6), 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota (Gibson 8-8) at Kansas City (Shields 9-5), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Samardzija 2-1) at Houston (Feldman 4-8), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Monday's Games

Atlanta 2, San Diego 0

Arizona 2, Cincinnati 1, 15 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Philadelphia 1

Miami 7, Washington 6

Chicago Cubs 4, Colorado 1

Pittsburgh 5, San Francisco 0

Tuesday's Games

Arizona (Cahill 1-7) at Cincinnati (Leake 7-9), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Hamels 5-5) at N.Y. Mets (Gee 4-3), 7:10 p.m.

Washington (Strasburg 7-8) at Miami (H.Alvarez 7-5), 7:10 p.m.

Colorado (J.De La Rosa 11-6) at Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 5-11), 8:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Harang 9-6) at L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 6-5), 10:10 p.m.

St. Louis (Lynn 11-7) at San Diego (T.Ross 9-10), 10:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Liriano 2-7) at San Francisco (Hudson 8-7), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Milwaukee (Garza 7-7) at Tampa Bay (Cobb 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

WNBA

Monday's Games

Los Angeles 77, Indiana 73

Tuesday's Games

Connecticut at Atlanta, 12 p.m.

Washington at New York, 7 p.m.

Chicago at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Tulsa, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

MLS

Monday's Games

Los Angeles 3, Seattle FC 0

Wednesday, July 30

Toronto FC at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

Colorado at New England, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

New York at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.

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