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m5kwatts
10-04-2009, 02:43 PM
Wow, this guy is the best player on our defense. Yes, right now he is. Over Mario and Demeco. This dude is a super stud.

Thorn
10-04-2009, 02:58 PM
cushing rocks

TexanSam
10-04-2009, 03:02 PM
Defensive rookie of the year!

Ryan
10-04-2009, 03:03 PM
He is a beast. He needs to cut back on the boneheaded plays he makes from time to time. He's had like 2 or 3 personal fouls and got away with another one today. But other than that he has been fantastic, I agree.

mariowillshine15
10-04-2009, 03:17 PM
He is a beast. He needs to cut back on the boneheaded plays he makes from time to time. He's had like 2 or 3 personal fouls and got away with another one today. But other than that he has been fantastic, I agree.

I like that nastiness though. It lets other teams know we wont take any of their crap.

Ben Frank
10-04-2009, 03:25 PM
Cushing's a beast!

HoustonFrog
10-04-2009, 03:25 PM
He is a beast. He needs to cut back on the boneheaded plays he makes from time to time. He's had like 2 or 3 personal fouls and got away with another one today. But other than that he has been fantastic, I agree.

I was going to say the same. He is great right now and flys to the ball but the meatheaded plays might kill ya at times and he has gotten away with a few

nunusguy
10-04-2009, 03:26 PM
He's really been impressive and the most surprising thing to me is that he's looked better in the NFL than he did in the games I saw him play at USC IMO, of course that wasn't too many games but then he's only played in 4 here.
But he seems quicker, more mobile than the college tapes I saw on him ?

m5kwatts
10-04-2009, 03:29 PM
He's really been impressive and the most surprising thing to me is that he's looked better in the NFL than he did in the games I saw him play at USC IMO, of course that wasn't too many games but then he's only played in 4 here.
But he seems quicker, more mobile than the college tapes I saw on him ?

I agree, he looks like he's as fast as a linebacker will ever need to be. People look at his 260 weight and assume he can't move, from the looks of it he's got high end linebacker speed.

m5kwatts
10-04-2009, 03:30 PM
By the way, how come when we lose we're soft but when we win and Cushing is busting skulls were "meatheads" playing out of control?

gtexan02
10-04-2009, 03:31 PM
Anyone else thrilled we passed on the other USC LBs? Cushing has been rock solid. He was in on or one step away from almost EVERY tackle I saw today.

SteveSlaton20
10-04-2009, 03:34 PM
Aren't you so glad that we got him instead of Clay Matthews?

gtexan02
10-04-2009, 04:04 PM
7 tackles, 1 safety, 3 QB hits, and how many other near tackles? Wow what a game

m5kwatts
10-04-2009, 04:09 PM
Aren't you so glad that we got him instead of Clay Matthews?

Hes a bigger faster better tackling football player and plays 3 downs, Matthews comes off the field a lot

Mari-OWNED!
10-04-2009, 04:47 PM
Requesting a picture of Cushing posed with his arms wide open after he made the safety.

+1 internets for anyone who is awesome enough to find it. I'm having trouble right now.

False Start
10-04-2009, 05:05 PM
Cushing is going to be a bad a$$ player, he just needs to watch out for the illegal hits.

Requesting a picture of Cushing posed with his arms wide open after he made the safety.

+1 internets for anyone who is awesome enough to find it. I'm having trouble right now.

I couldn't find that pic, but there are some great ones here (http://www.jamd.com/search/?q=houston+texans).

Here is a good one of the safety:

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/cushsafety.jpg


I like this one too.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/cush2.jpg

euro-Texan
10-04-2009, 05:07 PM
Jersey worthy!

hradhak
10-04-2009, 05:24 PM
There's definitely a lot of upside with Cushing.
Considering that this first 4 games was his "preseason" I can't wait to see him in the regular season.

I'm glad they didn't call the personal foul on him, but he's gotta keep it clean, otherwise his good plays can turn big negatives into 15 yard positives.

Hardcore Texan
10-04-2009, 05:32 PM
All of our LB's are looking pretty tough, the trick now is to get the DL and DB's to match them.

Overall the D looked good today but how much of that is because of the terrible offense of the Raiders? I hope it's a confidence booster because Arizona is going to present a huge challenge, especially to the DB's.

HoustonFrog
10-04-2009, 05:38 PM
By the way, how come when we lose we're soft but when we win and Cushing is busting skulls were "meatheads" playing out of control?

Hitting people and being aggressive = good
Shoving QB in head and late hits=not good and costly

Pretty easy difference

TheRealJoker
10-04-2009, 05:41 PM
Cushing is a special player. I thought he was the safe pick when we drafted him but now I think he's got the highest ceiling of anyone available at our pick. He's got a special combination of size and athleticism plus he's got a high motor and plays with an attitude. We need to lock up DeMeco so that we can one day be featured on NFL Network's top 10 LBer unit. This group is young but they're gonna be special if we give them some help at DT and some backup at safety.

Cushing/Ryans/Diles oh my!!!

hradhak
10-04-2009, 05:45 PM
Cushing is a special player. I thought he was the safe pick when we drafted him but now I think he's got the highest ceiling of anyone available at our pick. He's got a special combination of size and athleticism plus he's got a high motor and plays with an attitude. We need to lock up DeMeco so that we can one day be featured on NFL Network's top 10 LBer unit. This group is young but they're gonna be special if we give them some help at DT and some backup at safety.

Cushing/Ryans/Diles oh my!!!

Honestly our LB corps is turning into one of the best in the NFL. I think for the first time in our history we have one group on defense that is not going to be a consistent issue. I really think we are one good DT from a good d-line and 1 corner / safety away from a good secondary.

gtexan02
10-04-2009, 05:45 PM
Yeah, lets not forget Diles. He had some amazing backfield tackles today

Trail.Blazr
10-04-2009, 05:50 PM
Cushing is a special player. I thought he was the safe pick when we drafted him but now I think he's got the highest ceiling of anyone available at our pick. He's got a special combination of size and athleticism plus he's got a high motor and plays with an attitude. We need to lock up DeMeco so that we can one day be featured on NFL Network's top 10 LBer unit. This group is young but they're gonna be special if we give them some help at DT and some backup at safety.

Cushing/Ryans/Diles oh my!!!

Definately glad it's Cushing, not Matthews. He had what I saw as his best game of a 4th(3rd?) NFL start. I believe we'll see even better play as his start count rises.

On a side note, I thought it was yet another week that Dunta failed to prove HIS worth.

Wolf
10-04-2009, 05:57 PM
http://fourthandfifty.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/brian-cushing1.jpg


I know some hate it but I can't help but think of Cushlash when he makes a tackle

I almost want an avatar with him lighting someone up with CUSHLASH!! at the bottom of it

SheTexan
10-04-2009, 06:09 PM
He is so freaking much fun to watch play!! He's everywhere, and just shows so much energy and excitement! Just simply awesome to watch, just like Demeco!

TimeKiller
10-04-2009, 06:42 PM
I say we call him janitor cuz that dude cleans up rb and TEs! The middle of the d is fierce! They just about make up for weak dt play. Demeco just points him in the right direction and the guy blazes a trail to the play. Awesome day for Cush again!

TexansFanatic
10-04-2009, 06:42 PM
I'm pleasantly stunned.

I didn't like the Cushing pick back in April. What I knew of him at USC didn't impress me.

When he got hurt in training camp, I thought: "Here we go. Let the bust begin."

When Kubiak said Cushing would be starting the first game in spite of being a rookie who hadn't seen one minute of playing time in the preseason, I figured it was because he was the first pick and not because he'd earned the position.

But Cushing has looked every bit the part of an impact player.

Like I said, I'm pleasantly stunned.

Texans#1Fan
10-04-2009, 06:45 PM
Cushing is an animal!!!! I love is nasty demeanor. Awesome awesome lineback!! We needed someone like on the D-fence

noxiousdog
10-04-2009, 06:47 PM
I know some hate it but I can't help but think of Cushlash when he makes a tackle

I almost want an avatar with him lighting someone up with CUSHLASH!! at the bottom of it


Ha. I think I drive my wife crazy saying that.

Lucky
10-04-2009, 06:56 PM
By the way, how come when we lose we're soft but when we win and Cushing is busting skulls were "meatheads" playing out of control?
Because the Texans as a team don't bring it every game. Cushing seems to bring it every game. He's part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

JMacaroni
10-04-2009, 07:06 PM
Slamming TE Miller putting him out of the game and strait biatch slappin Russell on that QB hit made my week. :bat:

pbat488
10-04-2009, 07:11 PM
Not the picture of him celebrating, just him and the team destroying Fargas for the safety...

http://www.life.com/image/91421335

Hottoddie
10-04-2009, 07:19 PM
Yeah, lets not forget Diles. He had some amazing backfield tackles today

As much as I like Diles & believed he would be the starter opposite of Adibi before we took Cushing, I still believe that Adibi has a much higher upside than Diles. When he finally gets it all together, I think Adibi will make our linebacking crew even better than they are now.

Also, I too felt that Cushing was a mistake when we took him, but he's definitely changing my mind.

Wolf
10-04-2009, 07:21 PM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20091004/capt.4585fb8700a84bde89b9e5bd04c93fd0.raiders_texa ns_football_htt118.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/ae/fullj.5f62c3df066a4a5cd4386e4087f22a6f/5f62c3df066a4a5cd4386e4087f22a6f-getty-88971970rm005_oakland_raide.jpg

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/c1/fullj.affe854ac8785988e02ff558c1d9585b/affe854ac8785988e02ff558c1d9585b-getty-88971970rm009_oakland_raide.jpg

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/games/20091004034/gallery;_ylt=AuecxiP_8a.YNVyvpOyeg6IisLYF#photoVie wer=urn%3Anewsml%3Asports.yahoo%2Cap%3A20050301%3A nfl%2Cphoto%2Ce60bd97ae0e24eb6bf845e7437c5e876.rai ders_texans_football_htt101%3A1

hot pickle
10-04-2009, 07:30 PM
i always gets scared when i see cush blitzing and the qb gets rid of the ball before he gets there cause he always hits him anyways... and then i thought today.. man thats what we need on defense.. someone with some fire and aggression.. and since now we havent really had a player like that on the D... super pumped to see more of this guy play

False Start
10-04-2009, 07:36 PM
I like this one.... :cool:

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/CUSH3.jpg

Wolf
10-04-2009, 07:39 PM
I like this one.... :cool:

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/CUSH3.jpg

that is one I could say CUSHLASH

:kingkong:

swtbound07
10-04-2009, 08:07 PM
cushing has definitely been a suprise to me. I thought he would be average at best, but kind of safe. Not make too many mistakes. Kind of like greenwood without the comedy of errors. If we had to ignore safety in the first round, i'm glad its for him. Seems like he gets it.

powerfuldragon
10-04-2009, 08:08 PM
I like this one.... :cool:

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/CUSH3.jpg

how do my GLOVES TASTE?

barrett
10-04-2009, 08:46 PM
With about 3 minutes left in the game I watched 56 and 59 standing on the sideline ready to go back in discussing something about the scheme. Both talking adamantly and trying to work something else out. It was beautiful. If you get excited about something like that you're missing something.

gtexan02
10-04-2009, 08:54 PM
Did anyone see SNL last night?

"I THREW HIM ON THE GROUND."

jaayteetx
10-04-2009, 08:58 PM
I'm a fan!

BrandonLwowski
10-04-2009, 09:05 PM
Didn't cushing get the fumble recovery too...check out my new sig...perfect timeing with his awesome performance today

jppaul
10-04-2009, 09:37 PM
With about 3 minutes left in the game I watched 56 and 59 standing on the sideline ready to go back in discussing something about the scheme. Both talking adamantly and trying to work something else out. It was beautiful. If you get excited about something like that you're missing something.

Barrett wasn't it you that fought with me tooth and nail (at ITB.com) over selecting Cushing as a Sam because Sam's are the fullback of the defense and have relatively no appreciable impact on the game, thus they are not impact players and we would be better served selecting another position?

Honestly, the most impressive play from Cushing today, IMO, was in the first half, Jamarcus Russell rolls right on a bootleg and the fullback tried to cut Cushing and he took on the cut protecting his knees, and although his momentum from protecting his knees was spinning him inside he redirected mid movement and spun outside to prevent Russell from getting around the corner and keeping pressure on him.

Althletically and football savvy wise, the best play I saw out there today.

mussop
10-04-2009, 10:03 PM
Aren't you so glad that we got him instead of Clay Matthews?

At the moment but its still way to soon to say that for sure.





Hes a bigger faster better tackling football player and plays 3 downs, Matthews comes off the field a lot

Why would Mathews come off the field alot? He plays OLB in a 3/4. The rest of youre statement is alittle premature.

m5kwatts
10-04-2009, 10:18 PM
At the moment but its still way to soon to say that for sure.







Why would Mathews come off the field alot? He plays OLB in a 3/4. The rest of youre statement is alittle premature.

Matthews plays special teams and he's not an everydown starter. And Cushing is an everydown starter leading rookies in tackles. I don't see whats premature about what I said.

TexanBacker93
10-04-2009, 10:28 PM
I can live with a mistake every once in awhile. I can live with a late hit penalty once in awhile. It will get to the point that the QBs will be thinking about him hitting them. The TE across the middle will be thinking about him hitting them, too. He's going to force TOs because of his intensity.

mussop
10-05-2009, 12:10 AM
Matthews plays special teams and he's not an everydown starter. And Cushing is an everydown starter leading rookies in tackles. I don't see whats premature about what I said.

Mathews has been battling a hamstring injury since training camp. If it werent for that he would be the fulltime starter. He really hasnt had the chance to show his worth yet. To say Crushing is a bigger faster better tackler than Mathews is premature.

dalemurphy
10-05-2009, 12:54 AM
Mathews has been battling a hamstring injury since training camp. If it werent for that he would be the fulltime starter. He really hasnt had the chance to show his worth yet. To say Crushing is a bigger faster better tackler than Mathews is premature.

Sure, it's probably premature to say that Dallas Clark is a better pass catching TE than Bennie Joppru. Just wait until Joppru heals up and has an opportunity to prove himself. Then the Colts will regret what they have at TE!

m5kwatts
10-05-2009, 12:57 AM
Sure, it's probably premature to say that Dallas Clark is a better pass catching TE than Bennie Joppru. Just wait until Joppru heals up and has an opportunity to prove himself. Then the Colts will regret what they have at TE!

Buuurrnn

barrett
10-05-2009, 01:28 AM
Barrett wasn't it you that fought with me tooth and nail (at ITB.com) over selecting Cushing as a Sam because Sam's are the fullback of the defense and have relatively no appreciable impact on the game, thus they are not impact players and we would be better served selecting another position?

Honestly, the most impressive play from Cushing today, IMO, was in the first half, Jamarcus Russell rolls right on a bootleg and the fullback tried to cut Cushing and he took on the cut protecting his knees, and although his momentum from protecting his knees was spinning him inside he redirected mid movement and spun outside to prevent Russell from getting around the corner and keeping pressure on him.

Althletically and football savvy wise, the best play I saw out there today.

hmmmmm I don't think so, sorry. I don't post there. I do read the blog from time to time though. My issues with Cushing were from the draft day where I was concerned that he might be too focused on lifting and diet and not that much of a player. I had very little film that I had seen on him but I wasn't that impressed. I wasn't opposed to the pick but I wasn't excited either. I wanted to see how he performed. Of course we all had to wait but it's become clear that we have one hell of a football player on our hands.

The thing that really struck me tonight after I got back to Austin was how "mean" he plays. I can really see what I was beginning to get excited about in TC. He seems to have an intensity that is truly contagious!

I can see these two (56 & 59) really beginning to bond. You really get a feeling for how reserved Demeco has had to be. He didn't really have anyone else to share that level of fire with. I am seeing the same kind of fire in Antonio Smith as well. Building... building... building something here....

valleytexfan
10-05-2009, 02:23 AM
Stud. :d:

ObsiWan
10-05-2009, 02:38 AM
http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xt/91421612.jpg?v=1&g=fs2|0|editorial25|21|612&s=1 (http://www.life.com/image/91421612)

normal sized photo here (http://www.life.com/image/91421612)
Dude can play.

NitroGSXR
10-05-2009, 07:28 AM
I was kind of annoyed at the captioninst for Reliant Stadium throughout the game. They kept spelling his name as Bryan up on the teleprompter (or whatever it is).

Cushing has Manning-esque football smarts with a smidgen of the 'roids. Might explain his aggressiveness.

:truck:

I love Brian Cushing. I'm telling ya... future HOFer.

Mr. White
10-05-2009, 07:39 AM
I don't think I've seen someone come in and make the type of impact that he's made on this defense.

This guy's a man's man.

whiskeyrbl
10-05-2009, 11:02 AM
Definitely a throwback. Lambert..Butkus... Singletary type.

Vinny
10-05-2009, 11:04 AM
well, I'm a big Cushing fan at this point and he's gonna get better as he figures out the league. Watch out.

HOU-TEX
10-05-2009, 11:09 AM
well, I'm a big Cushing fan at this point and he's gonna get better as he figures out the league. Watch out.

Yeah, it's going to be fun watching him grow throughout the season. He pairs great with D-Ryans. Throw a "lunch pail" type player like Diles in the mix and you have a very nice LBing corps.

Blake
10-05-2009, 11:38 AM
Can we get a video of the Ryans and Cushing obliteration of TE Zach Miller?

zcity
10-05-2009, 11:45 AM
Can we get a video of the Ryans and Cushing obliteration of TE Zach Miller?


I am assuming the Ryans/Cushing sandwich on Miller caused the following:

From: PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM
Raiders tight end Miller suffers concussion
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 4, 2009 8:52 PM ET
On another team, Zach Miller would already be known as one of the best all-around tight ends in football.

On the Raiders, Miller has only been able to grab five passes in the last three games because of JaMarcus Russell's struggles.

Now Oakland may be without one of their most reliable receiving options next week because Miller suffered a concussion in Oakland's dismal 29-6 loss in Houston Sunday.

Miller had three catches for 33 yards against Houston. His potential absence against the Giants next week won't help Russell's season-long struggle to complete 40% of his passes. (Russell is currently at 39.8 . . . but we're happy to round up.)

DocBar
10-05-2009, 11:55 AM
Cushing has been fantastic. I can't wait to see if we can duplicate this effort next week against a much better O.

badboy
10-05-2009, 12:06 PM
Cushing is going to be a bad a$$ player, he just needs to watch out for the illegal hits.



I couldn't find that pic, but there are some great ones here (http://www.jamd.com/search/?q=houston+texans).

Here is a good one of the safety:

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/cushsafety.jpg


I like this one too.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/cush2.jpgHow come you can trip a player to tackle him with no penalty, but if the runner goes by while you are on the ground and you trip him it's a flag?

BrandonLwowski
10-05-2009, 12:15 PM
maybe cushing should do UFC during the offseason...did u see him on tha saftey he got wrap up the runningback, then bring his leg around almost like a takedown you would see in UFC...teach him how to armbar and leglock...we have ourselfs a brock lesnar on our team HELL YEAAA:clap:

Blake
10-05-2009, 12:21 PM
How come you can trip a player to tackle him with no penalty, but if the runner goes by while you are on the ground and you trip him it's a flag?

When you already have a player wrapped up I really dont think its considered tripping like Flozell Adams tripping.

jppaul
10-05-2009, 12:30 PM
hmmmmm I don't think so, sorry. I don't post there. I do read the blog from time to time though. My issues with Cushing were from the draft day where I was concerned that he might be too focused on lifting and diet and not that much of a player. I had very little film that I had seen on him but I wasn't that impressed. I wasn't opposed to the pick but I wasn't excited either. I wanted to see how he performed. Of course we all had to wait but it's become clear that we have one hell of a football player on our hands.

The thing that really struck me tonight after I got back to Austin was how "mean" he plays. I can really see what I was beginning to get excited about in TC. He seems to have an intensity that is truly contagious!

I can see these two (56 & 59) really beginning to bond. You really get a feeling for how reserved Demeco has had to be. He didn't really have anyone else to share that level of fire with. I am seeing the same kind of fire in Antonio Smith as well. Building... building... building something here....

a sam is a waste because they are 2 down players who basically just stick their nose in against the run, which makes it an easy role to fill.

You didn't say that?

http://www.inthebullseye.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7614&postcount=85

In this thread:

http://www.inthebullseye.com/forums/showthread.php?t=397&highlight=tennis&page=5

jppaul
10-05-2009, 01:16 PM
hmmmmm I don't think so, sorry. I don't post there. I do read the blog from time to time though.



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MannyFresh
10-05-2009, 01:26 PM
He is a beast. He needs to cut back on the boneheaded plays he makes from time to time. He's had like 2 or 3 personal fouls and got away with another one today. But other than that he has been fantastic, I agree.


I would like to see him help the Texans make Reliant a "House of Pain" reboot.

painekiller
10-05-2009, 01:52 PM
well, I'm a big Cushing fan at this point and he's gonna get better as he figures out the league. Watch out.

He finally shut me up yesterday. Keep proving me wrong, I love it.

nunusguy
10-05-2009, 01:53 PM
maybe cushing should do UFC during the offseason...did u see him on tha saftey he got wrap up the runningback, then bring his leg around almost like a takedown you would see in UFC...teach him how to armbar and leglock...we have ourselfs a brock lesnar on our team HELL YEAAA:clap:

The "Bergen Bulldog," as some like to call Cushing, is a high-speed, high-intensity captain and leader on the nation's top-rated defense.

Bergen Catholic High School coach Fred Stengel says his former star and current USC senior linebacker Brian Cushing has a bit of "wild dog" in him. Trojans coach Pete Carroll calls Cushing an "animal." http://bleacherreport.com/articles/128005-2009-nfl-draft-player-profile-usc-linebacker-brian-cushing-the-bergen-bulldog

beerlover
10-05-2009, 02:03 PM
Cushing reminds me of Romo (Bill Romanowski) brings similar intensity, hopefully he has the same durability :ant:

Thorn
10-05-2009, 02:18 PM
I would like to see him help the Texans make Reliant a "House of Pain" reboot.

This.

I would love it. Just absolutely love it.

BrandonLwowski
10-05-2009, 03:46 PM
he got the first safety for the texans in 7 years....thats crazy

silvrhand
10-05-2009, 03:51 PM
he got the first safety for the texans in 7 years....thats crazy

Cushing is a good player, but the safety was because the DL completely destroyed the right side of the raiders OL. Anthony Smith knifed in and I think the other was Amobi as well.. Which basically walled off the RB, and Cushing got the clean run to him, allowing a great safety.

So let's make sure everyone gets credit for the safety :)

BrandonLwowski
10-05-2009, 03:56 PM
Cushing is a good player, but the safety was because the DL completely destroyed the right side of the raiders OL. Anthony Smith knifed in and I think the other was Amobi as well.. Which basically walled off the RB, and Cushing got the clean run to him, allowing a great safety.

So let's make sure everyone gets credit for the safety :)


Good point and i agree totally i should change it to....The defense gets first safety in 7 years!!!!:texflag:

silvrhand
10-05-2009, 04:05 PM
Good point and i agree totally i should change it to....The defense gets first safety in 7 years!!!!:texflag:

I got a really great shot of the safety, it was right in front of us I'm about 8 rows back in section 136, you could see the raiders just get destroyed on that side.

BrandonLwowski
10-05-2009, 04:07 PM
what a lucky man!!! i got tickets to the jets game and u know how that one went

Fox
10-05-2009, 05:03 PM
This team has had more than it's share of weak tacklers and matadors over the years, it's incredibly nice to finally have another nasty defender who puts a hurtin' on people.

Double Barrel
10-05-2009, 05:06 PM
I dig all the positive vibe in this thread about a Texans player. :thumbup

I really look forward to seeing Cushing, Ryans, and Mario mature into the cornerstones of a solid defense over the next couple of years. These are my kind of players.

Dan B.
10-05-2009, 06:02 PM
I know it's trite to compare the Broncs and Texans (and I'm also far from the first to say this), but Cushing is our Bill Romanowski, complete with steroid rumors. I hope Cush's aren't for real. In fact, doesn't Bush deserve some credit for Cush? I seem to remember reading him pushing for Brian before the draft because he felt we needed a Bill Romanowski presence.

Regardless of Frank's credit (or not), we need that really mean, slightly psychotic presence on "D." I was way off on Cushing, and I love watching him play.

dalemurphy
10-05-2009, 06:07 PM
I know it's trite to compare the Broncs and Texans (and I'm also far from the first to say this), but Cushing is our Bill Romanowski, complete with steroid rumors. I hope Cush's aren't for real. In fact, doesn't Bush deserve some credit for Cush? I seem to remember reading him pushing for Brian before the draft because he felt we needed a Bill Romanowski presence.

Regardless of Frank's credit (or not), we need that really mean, slightly psychotic presence on "D." I was way off on Cushing, and I love watching him play.

It's pretty cool to have a position of real strength (LB).. Combine those guys with our 4 man DE rotation (Mario, ASmith, Bulman, Barwin soon enough) and we actually can create problems for offenses now. That's fun!

mussop
10-05-2009, 06:08 PM
Sure, it's probably premature to say that Dallas Clark is a better pass catching TE than Bennie Joppru. Just wait until Joppru heals up and has an opportunity to prove himself. Then the Colts will regret what they have at TE!

Theres a big difference. Im talking about 2 rookies 4 games into the season that have both missed signifigant time with injuries. Cushing looked really good against the Raiders but before that his performance wasnt spectacular. I mean it was good considering his tenure and missed time because of injury but he didnt make a real impact.

Mathews hasnt had the chance to show what he is capable of yet becasue of injury. So yeh its premature to say Cushing is better than him right now. I dont see how comparing their situation with 2 guys that were drafted 7 years ago is relevant. Unless you dont understand the definition of premature.

Dont take this as I dont like Cushing. I am very happy with his perfomance and think he has a ton of potential. I am excited about what he can do for this team. Ive wanted a stud OLB longer than anyone here. But Im not going to let any of that cloud my judgment. There just hasnt been enough time to declare one better than the other. If you cant see that then youre just being a homer.

mussop
10-05-2009, 06:14 PM
Buuurrnn

:um: ok!

Dapper
10-05-2009, 06:29 PM
Barrett wasn't it you that fought with me tooth and nail (at ITB.com) over selecting Cushing as a Sam because Sam's are the fullback of the defense and have relatively no appreciable impact on the game, thus they are not impact players and we would be better served selecting another position?

Honestly, the most impressive play from Cushing today, IMO, was in the first half, Jamarcus Russell rolls right on a bootleg and the fullback tried to cut Cushing and he took on the cut protecting his knees, and although his momentum from protecting his knees was spinning him inside he redirected mid movement and spun outside to prevent Russell from getting around the corner and keeping pressure on him.

Althletically and football savvy wise, the best play I saw out there today.


I saw that as well and it was one of the few "WOW" moments of athletic agility i've ever seen from a defensive player with a Texans uniform on.

Simply sweet!:smiliedance:

Second Honeymoon
10-05-2009, 07:23 PM
Cushing looked great on Sunday and showed the strength and tackling that has been sorely missing from the OLB position.

Was very impressed by his play recognition albeit against an offense about as complex as your local high school.

If the guy can stay healthy, and that is the only problem I have ever had with the guy, we got our OLB for the next decade. Dude is a keeper.

Wolf
10-05-2009, 08:49 PM
http://www.texansbullpen.com/09photogallery/Season/2009-10-04-Raiders-Texans/3rdQuarter/DSC_1132.JPG


http://www.texansbullpen.com/09photogallery/Season/2009-10-04-Raiders-Texans/3rdQuarter/DSC_1133.JPG

http://www.texansbullpen.com/09photogallery/Season/2009-10-04-Raiders-Texans/3rdQuarter/DSC_1134.JPG

dc_txtech
10-05-2009, 08:52 PM
Theres a big difference. Im talking about 2 rookies 4 games into the season that have both missed signifigant time with injuries. Cushing looked really good against the Raiders but before that his performance wasnt spectacular. I mean it was good considering his tenure and missed time because of injury but he didnt make a real impact.

Mathews hasnt had the chance to show what he is capable of yet becasue of injury. So yeh its premature to say Cushing is better than him right now. I dont see how comparing their situation with 2 guys that were drafted 7 years ago is relevant. Unless you dont understand the definition of premature.

Dont take this as I dont like Cushing. I am very happy with his perfomance and think he has a ton of potential. I am excited about what he can do for this team. Ive wanted a stud OLB longer than anyone here. But Im not going to let any of that cloud my judgment. There just hasnt been enough time to declare one better than the other. If you cant see that then youre just being a homer.

Mathews just forced a fumble then returned it for a TD as I was reading this thread. LOL.

painekiller
10-05-2009, 08:53 PM
Great shots, BTW that should have been 15yds for unsportsmanlike conduct. He hit him in the head. Most likely will get a note from the league.

edo783
10-05-2009, 08:54 PM
Mathews just forced a fumble then returned it for a TD as I was reading this thread. LOL.

Not really a fumble, he just flat took it away from Adrian Peterson and ran the other way with. VERY heads up play.

TexanBacker93
10-05-2009, 08:57 PM
Not really a fumble, he just flat took it away from Adrian Peterson and ran the other way with. VERY heads up play.

And they talked about how Dom Capers has worked with their D to strip the ball. What was his focus when he was here? Nice play by Matthews, though. Couple of good LBs with him and Cushing.

jppaul
10-05-2009, 09:00 PM
Dom Capers is a really good Dcoordinator but an absolute hack as a HC.

Dan B.
10-05-2009, 10:25 PM
Doesn't have anything to do with Cushing, but that was one helluva play by Clay. I remember thinking that Rey Maualuga was the best of the three. Man it's a good thing I'm not a GM.

barrett
10-06-2009, 12:19 AM
a sam is a waste because they are 2 down players who basically just stick their nose in against the run, which makes it an easy role to fill.

You didn't say that?

http://www.inthebullseye.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7614&postcount=85

In this thread:

http://www.inthebullseye.com/forums/showthread.php?t=397&highlight=tennis&page=5

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Or this:

http://www.inthebullseye.com/forums/search.php?searchid=50824


Unless of course that is not you...

That's definitely not me but I have to admit that I'm a bit creeped out by the fact that there is another me who is a Texans fan who posts all the time!!!!

First of all thank you for bringing this to my attention as I am now completely questioning my reality.

Things that really got me. This "barrett" also has his name listed with a lower-case "b". That's really strange!

Barrett is kind of an odd name to begin with but this guy for some reason is either just as lazy as me or just as neurotic!!! I write/type my name (inconsistently mind you, after all I am a hypocrit) with a lower case on purpose but I'm really surprised to find that this person does too!!!

Further continuing my hysteria here is that this "barrett" apparently was also kind of opposed to the Cushing pick initially based on the links that you've provided me. (I have stated very clearly that I was wait and see about the pick but certainly wasn't excited.)

Get this though, I like this guy!!! Look at this response he gives to you:

We have currently spent 3 first round picks in the last 4 years. Another 1st would be 4 in 5 years. We've also spent a 5th during that time (okam).

The patriots in the building of their defense from 2001-2004 (4 years) spent three 1st, one 2nd, and two 4th round picks on DL. And take into account that they play a 3-4 and are only filing 3 spots. So 6 players picked in 4 years to fill 4 spots. And it payed off big time. Half a decade later those guys still make up the top 4 spots on one of the best 3-4 lines in football.

So the problem is not with over-investing in one position. The problem is with doing a bad job of it (like we have on some of these picks). And I think that's where your argument comes from. The frustration that comes from these guys blowing picks is doubled when they keep blowing them in the same area. Well remember this staff has only had 2 drafts and they have only taken ONE DL in those 2 drafts. You can't expect them to ignore team needs based on who Casserly drafted in 2005.

He also talks extensively about drafting based on BPA as well as team need and he's much more eloquent (I bet he can even spell it).

OH MY GOD! HE EVEN POSTED THIS SAME INFORMATION IN A THREAD I STARTED HERE ON THE TEXANS TALK THREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.inthebullseye.com/forums/showthread.php?t=776

CHECK IT OUT!!!!!

http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65291

WHAT THE FU(K!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? !?

THIS IS NO JOKE! WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY?

GNTLEWOLF
10-06-2009, 01:01 AM
Cushing IS a beast and I'm glad he is on our side. As this unit gells I hope to see him become a bigger factor in more wins. Now if we can just get a dominant NT and a sht down corner and a ball hawking safety.

mussop
10-07-2009, 12:07 AM
Cushing IS a beast and I'm glad he is on our side. As this unit gells I hope to see him become a bigger factor in more wins. Now if we can just get a dominant NT and a sht down corner and a ball hawking safety.

You dont want much do you? :pop:

ubecool454
10-07-2009, 12:23 AM
Wow, this guy is the best player on our defense. Yes, right now he is. Over Mario and Demeco. This dude is a super stud.

I like Cushing too but I wouldn't go that far as saying he is the best player on defense. He does seem to be around the ball a lot.

GNTLEWOLF
10-07-2009, 12:29 AM
You dont want much do you? :pop:

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HOU-TEX
10-07-2009, 09:41 AM
After watching NFLTA last night I was really surprised Cushing wasn't nominated for 'Rookie of the Week'. I mean, WTF?!

V. Davis - Pick 6
Moreno - 65 yards and a TD
Collie - 65 yards and a TD
Knox - KO return for TD
Massaquoi - 148 yards and TD

I think Cush had a better game than at least 3-4 of these guys. I think Massaquoi deserves to win, but dang.

gtexan02
10-07-2009, 09:46 AM
Cushing was key in our win. Massaquoi's team lost.