Houston Texans: Connor Barwin and Five Young Players Ready to Break Out

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Houston Texans: Connor Barwin and Five Young Players Ready to Break Out
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Despite a very disappointing 6-10 season that began with hopes of a franchise-first playoff berth, the Houston Texans have reason to be optimistic this off-season.

After several years of stellar offensive play being canceled out by anemic defensive play, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak took full advantage of the pardon he received from Texans owner Bob McNair by hiring former Cowboys head coach and defensive guru Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.

Although Phillips was an awful head coach by many accounts, his defensive prowess is known throughout the NFL.

Besides, it isn't like the Texans can actually get worse defensively.

All jokes aside, Phillips should prove to be a smart hire by Kubiak.  The 3-4 defense Phillips ran in Big D was very effective, and the Texans may have some young players ready to step up and do some damage in a different system.

Offensively, the Texans are one of the top teams in the league, that is until they reach the red zone.

If Houston wants to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, they will have to shut opponents down on defense and score in the red zone.

Pretty simple and generic game plan, I would say.  But to actually execute the plan is a totally different ball game.

Here are five young players who could step up and help the Texans reach their goal.

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