Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/5/12

The Texans have been so close to being a playoff-worthy team for so long, that it's not that surprising to see them finally cross the threshold. It IS surprising, however, to see them do it without Mario Williams, Matt Schaub, or Andre Johnson, the three franchise cornerstones. Now they face a brave new world with an uncertain cast. How will this Cinderella team fare in the big dance?

We talked to Patrick D. Star of State Of The Texans, and co-host of the Luv Ya Steel Blue podcast to get the inside perspective on his team's playoff debut.

TGS: First of all, congratulations on finally making the playoffs. When did you start thinking that this was the year?

To be honest I really think the turning point for me as a fan had to be during the off season and training camp. With Wade Phillips, Danieal Manning and Jonathan Jospeh now in Houston, the vibe for the team was a total 180 than we have grown accustomed to. Training camp was intense and it looked like the defense was already different when they stepped on the field.

We all know the biggest issue with the Texans was the defense and had been for awhile. When the Texans concentrated on drafting defense (J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed) and signing Manning and Joseph the Texans immediately upgraded their defense. We all know the Texans offense can move the football and if the Texans could ever get their defense together they would have a shot.

Wade Phillips has been the biggest factor for this team, when he was signed to be the defensive coordinator the front office gave him anything he wanted to fix the situation. So without a doubt the offseason face-lift the Texans received during the off season was the start of something big.

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