Good article about our man in the middle. Some good quotes: "Knowing the person that DeMeco is, I know his play is definitely going to pick up," linebackers coach Johnny Holland said. "Last year was a learning year for him and he played off a lot of his natural instincts and athletic ability. The second time around I expect him to make more big plays and start out a lot faster than he did last year. I'm excited to see where he can go with this." "He should know the call we want and be able to run the defense," Holland said. "He's headed in that direction. I'm looking forward to how far he can go." "I'd like to see DeMeco make more big plays," Holland said. "Make more interceptions. We need some sacks, caused fumbles and touchdowns." Ryans said he doesn't set individual goals, instead focusing on how his performance can help the team. He hopes the Texans can reach the playoffs for the first time this year. "I think I can do a better job of communicating with the guys, knowing that I'm the guy in the middle," he said. "Guys are going to look up to me. I want to be a leader by example." And my favorite quote - "(I'm) telling the guys to get on my back and let's ride it to the playoffs," he said. Entire article here.