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Dennison doesn’t want to make major scheme changes in Houston, just forge chemistry between the running backs and the line. He said the continuity between the units was missing at times in 2009.

“It wasn’t as coordinated, for whatever reason, as a package as I’ve seen them do in previous years,” Dennison said. “That’s all we’re trying to do, is make sure everyone is on the same page and being consistent with what we’re trying to do.”

The Texans’ anemic running attack also left them unable to sustain key possessions late in close games. Dennison said that may be the most important area to improve.

“If you’re doing it right, in the fourth quarter, you’re getting your bigger gains,” Dennison said. “If you’re wearing ‘em out, that’s what you want to do. Hopefully, that’s what we’re working toward.”

NOTES: The Texans placed tight ends Owen Daniels and Anthony Hill on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. Daniels, who made the Pro Bowl after the 2008 season, is coming off knee surgery and Kubiak said he’ll be evaluated again in about two weeks.