The stated goal of the offseason for Houston was to improve the defense and the Texans have accomplished that in a big way.
It began right after the season when the Texans brought in former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips to be their defensive coordinator and general manager Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak wanted the defense to fit Phillips' vision.
It continued at the draft when the Texans selected six defensive players with their eight total picks. They selected players with high-end talent and filler talents to add depth.
The lockout kept them (and every other team) from being able to make any personnel moves early on, but once the lockout was lifted, they got to work by bringing in key free agents in the defensive secondary, their biggest single need.
Seven individuals in particular will have a huge impact on Houston's defense in 2011,