(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips arrived in Houston last year and found the NFL's worst pass defense.
The two and safety Danieal Manning helped transform the unit into one of the league's best as the Texans made the playoffs for the first time.
The one-year turnaround was remarkable. In 2010, the Texans allowed a whopping 267.5 yards passing a game. Last season, Houston gave up just 189.7 yards - third fewest in the NFL.
The Texans face new challenges this year along with much bigger goals.