I read this article thinking it was about JJ Watts tremendous play in the wild card game vs the Bengals. It turned out to be an interesting article about draft strategy and inspired me to leave the comment below about the great Wade Phillips. The Texans' success last year belongs to the entire team, but IMHO Wade deserves as much credit as any individual in the organization. I hope that Wade is satisfied to be a member of the Texans' organization in some capacity for the duration of his career.
"The Texans dramatic defensive improvement in 2011 was a byproduct of an influx of both new players and coaches. Wade Phillips brought with him LB and secondary coaches, Reggie Herring & Vance Joseph. Wade has a proven track record of improving defenses and last year was simply another feather in his cap. More proof of Wade's influence was seen when he missed some games in mid-season due to health reasons. During those games the defense was not as good without him there to make the calls and half time adjustments. The guy is truly a defensive genius and one of the greatest defensive coaches in NFL history. As a son of the great Bum Phillips, Wade has been involved in playing and coaching football for virtually his entire life.
The players deserve much of the credit also. The Texans were blessed to both draft a pair of gems in Reed and Watt and sign a pair of premier free agents in Jonathan Joseph and Danieal Manning. Guess who had a big influence on the acquisition of the new talent? If you guessed Wade Phillips, step to the head of the class. Once again this year the Texans have drafted what could be another pair of premier edge rushers in Whitney Mercilus and Jared Crick. As long as Wade is with the Texans, they will have a top 10 defense. Combine that with Kubiak's offense which emphasizes ball control and you have a winning formula. Look for the Texans to be serious contenders this year."