The Texans kickoff and punt coverage units are better.
"I think we're improved," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "I don't think we're where we need to be, but I think our coverage units have definitely improved."
Larry Izzo is in year one as the special teams coordinator, and O'Brien said there's a definite change in
how the Texans have been able to cover punts and kickoffs. Izzo singled out the likes of Kevin Johnson, A.J. Bouye, Kurtis Drummond, Brian Peters and Max Bullough as special teamers who've done well so far.
For O'Brien, winning the field position battle is of paramount importance.
"If we have to punt the ball from the 50 yard line and we can down the ball inside the 10, then I think it's just going to be hard to drive the ball 95, 90 yards on our defense," O'Brien said. "I think that's something we're doing a good job with and we'll have to continue to do a good job with it."
The Texans have won the field position battle in each of their first two preseason games. Against the Saints last Saturday night, they began on average at their own 32-yard line. New Orleans started their drives on average at their own 28. It was 27 to 22 in favor of the Texans the week prior against the 49ers.
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