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Texans' Defense Will Improve in 2012

There’s been a lot of ink spilled over the loss of Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans in Houston, but Wade Phillips’ defense will be just fine. In Brian Cushing, Connor Barwin, Bradie James and Brooks Reed, the Texans boast the best linebacker corps in the AFC. Phillips coached James in Dallas and the inside linebacker has already taken on a leadership role in the locker room. J.J. Watt, a rookie in 2011, is already one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the entire league and Johnathan Joseph is one of the top corners. Another guy to watch this year? Second-year cornerback Brandon Harris. The former University of Miami star has been a stud all summer. Houston will win the AFC South with ease in 2012. - Peter Schrager (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

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