Houston Texans: 5 Reasons NFL's Youngest Franchise Reaches Playoffs in 2011

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Houston Texans: 5 Reasons NFL's Youngest Franchise Reaches Playoffs in 2011
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The Houston Texans have been brimming with potential for several years now, but 2011 might be the year they finally break through to the playoffs.

I know what you're thinking—that's what they said last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. But since the hiring of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, there has been a new air surrounding the program. An air of excitement.

2010 was a lost year that saw the Texans finish a disappointing 6-10, largely due to an underachieving defense that included the NFL's worst secondary. But hope springs anew.

After head coach Gary Kubiak was spared his job by owner Bob McNair, he wasted no time in beginning repairs on the defense. He started by fixing the foundation and ended by making two big splashes in free agency.

Is 2011 finally the year for Houston to make its first-ever playoff appearance?

Only time will tell, but for the Texans, there will never be a better opportunity. All they have to do is capitalize on these five reasons.

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