and the rest of the AFC South here: Link Their bit on the Texans: Houston (8-8) Looking back: The Texans didn't finish with a losing record for the first time in team history, which is a sure sign of progress. But ending .500 wasn't good enough to get Houston in the playoffs. The Texans had too many injuries in their secondary and an offense that fielded an anemic rushing attack. Biggest need area - Cornerback: Dunta Robinson may not be returning from a serious leg injury until midseason and Von Hutchins could leave via free agency. Fred Barrett showed promise as a rookie, but the Texans could use another veteran on their roster. Player/coach to watch - Quarterback Matt Schaub: He was a backup when acquired in a 2007 trade with Atlanta. Could Schaub be headed for that same fate with the Texans? Houston made a major financial investment in Schaub, but backup Sage Rosenfels was the team's best quarterback last season. The Texans seem unlikely to trade Rosenfels, which could lead to a pre-season showdown with Schaub for the starting spot. Projected cap space - $16.3 million: Texans management says it will be prudent in free agency, which means the Texans may avoid another major mistake like last year's signing of running back Ahman Green to a four-year, $23 million contract. Green started only five games and has now missed 25 over the past three seasons because of leg injuries. Considering Houston's secondary issues, Hutchins should be the biggest priority to re-sign among Houston's 15 UFAs. Call it the Boselli curse: The Texans have yet to field a shut-down left tackle since the franchise began play in 2002 and would be wise to address the spot early in the draft. 2008 outlook - Fair: On paper, the AFC South seems likely to remain the conference's toughest division. That may make it tough on Houston to improve. However, the addition of offensive line guru Alex Gibbs to bolster Houston's ground game (ranked No. 22 in 2006) is significant. Nothing too shocking other than this may be the first Texans write-up in history that a writer didn't slag too hard on the O-line.