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Friday, December 20, 2013
RTC: Texans' trainers named NFL's best

By Tania Ganguli

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

The Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society named the Texans training staff, led by head trainer Geoff Kaplan, the best in the NFL, writes Amy Palcic of HoustonTexans.com. "I’m 32 years old, but I feel like I can play for a long time,” Andre Johnson said. “Records are being broken because my body has been able to hold up. I’ve been taught the right way to recover and I thank the Texans medical staff for their commitment to my health. It has made all the difference in my career.”

Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle draws a comparison between Peyton Manning's pending arrival in Houston and Joe Montana's arrival 20 years ago. Montana was 37, just like Manning, and his playoff win over the Oilers "began the long march to Tennessee." He writes that Manning's presence in the game adds importance to it.

Wade Phillips was pleased with the energy during Thursday's practice, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. One of the key phrases Phillips shares with his team is, "The will to prepare is just as important as the will to win." It resonated with players.

Rather than pay any attention to the Texans' record, the Denver Broncos are noticing their rankings -- fourth in total defense, 11th in total offense -- writes Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press. This, they say, will prevent them from overlooking the 2-12 Texans.