All-AFC South: Houston Texans

January, 2, 2014
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The odd thing about the Houston Texans' nine Pro Bowl selections last season was how under-represented the defense was. Seven of the nine Texans who went to Hawaii last season were offensive players, including quarterback Matt Schaub, who told me upon arrival that he was confident he could lead the Texans to the Super Bowl.

This year's All-AFC South team -- voted on by Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco, Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky, Colts reporter Mike Wells and I -- has a similar tilt. Five Texans offensive players are represented -- receiver Andre Johnson, guard Wade Smith, center Chris Myers, left tackle Duane Brown and running back Ben Tate. Meanwhile, defensively only ends J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith made the cut. Texans punter Shane Lechler kept the special teams portion from being an all-Jaguars affair.

My biggest disagreement with my colleagues is on the inside linebacker. I think Brian Cushing is the best inside linebacker in the division, even though he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 7. Until he got hurt, Pro Football Focus consistently ranked him as one of the best run-stoppers in the NFL.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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