Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/15/14

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16: Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals gestures as he awaits the snap against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Has anyone taken inventory of exactly how well Texans safety Troy Nolan has performed since he replaced Danieal Manning in the lineup? You remember Nolan, don't you? The supposed 'next man up' when Manning suffered a broken leg against the Titans on Oct. 23 in Nashville? When Manning, a crucial addition to the secondary via free agency, was felled the attention shifted to Nolan and how he'd fill the void. Texans coach Gary Kubiak was peppered with questions regarding his belief in Nolan and whether the defense would suffer sans Manning. Kubiak made a point then that continues to resonate in light of the loss of quarterback Matt Schaub. The viability of the Texans' defense didn't rest solely with Nolan but rather with how the remainder of the secondary picked up Nolan, who has 13 tackles over three games. Cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Jason Allen have stepped up. So too have safeties Glover Quin and Quintin Demps, who was signed off the street last month and has ...
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