The Houston Texans wrapped up the preseason with 24-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys on August 29. The ultimate composition of a 53-man active roster will be set when final cuts are announced later today.
The changes in this team compared to last year’s edition primarily involve the comings and goings of players. Most of their unrestricted free agents left town, but management attempted to offset those losses with the addition of perennial Pro Bowlers safety Ed Reed and punter Shane Lechler. DeAndre Hopkins and D.J. Swearinger were drafted to fill holes left by the departures of wide receiver Kevin Walter and strong safety Glover Quin.
Gary Kubiak is in his eighth season as head coach, the third-longest tenure in the NFL after Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants. Those familiar with the Texans and its leader know little will be different in philosophy or scheme on either side of the ball.
The offense will still rely on their one-cut, zone-blocking run game to set up the play-action pass. The defense, as coached by third-year defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, will continue to use 3-4 personnel in the front seven along with a lot of man coverage in a Cover 1 look for the secondary.
The job for the 2013 Texans is to figure out how to utilize its new personnel to their best advantage. This effort is coupled with the elevation outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, right guard Brandon Brooks and kicker Randy Bullock to the starting lineup. But there is more to consider than what has been covered here.