HOUSTON - In a moment of sincere introspection and refreshing honesty, Texans free safety Danieal Manning acknowledged that his responsibilities are only halfway complete.
In one aspect Manning has accomplished what the Texans expected of him when they signed him to a four-year, 20-million contract just prior to the start of training camp. He provided a steady hand in a vastly improved secondary, finishing fourth on the team with 59 tackles despite missing three games with a broken leg suffered in Nashville.
The process of fulfilling the second part of his job description is unfolding this week. With the Texans (10-6) making their postseason debut as a franchise on Saturday in an AFC Wild Card Game against the Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) at Reliant Stadium, a quick perusal of their active roster reveals 39 players poised for their first playoff appearance. Manning, conversely, is one of four Texans with Super Bowl experience.
"I feel like they brought me here, one, for my experience...