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Mr teX
10-03-2011, 10:37 AM
Just want to see you guys' thoughts on his play thus far. I think he's looked damn good in this new scheme & it bodes well that wade has chosen him as the designated MLB to stay on the field in passing situations. The dude is making plays even though some will say he hasn't b/c its not reflective in his stat line.

I'm also a bit relieved that he seems to have bounced back from the steriod crap from last year.

Hervoyel
10-03-2011, 10:42 AM
He's like most of them. Fitting into his new role well and getting better weekly. There are going to be setbacks and there are going to be mistakes but we're watching an improving defense. The best play out of this unit is yet to come (still). Cushing is looking as good as anyone else out there right now except for maybe Mario & ANTONIO (my bad, early not enough coffee yet) Smith, those two are tearing it up.

I'm gonna say by the end of the year Cushing is going to be right there with them.

And look for big things from Daniel Owen too!

disaacks3
10-03-2011, 10:46 AM
He's like most of them. Fitting into his new role well and getting better weekly. There are going to be setbacks and there are going to be mistakes but we're watching an improving defense. The best play out of this unit is yet to come (still). Cushing is looking as good as anyone else out there right now except for maybe Mario & Antoine Smith, those two are tearing it up.

I'm gonna say by the end of the year Cushing is going to be right there with them.

Is he related to Daniel Owen? :boogie:

Double Barrel
10-03-2011, 11:01 AM
I like Cushing's attitude. Hit hits a guy and wraps him up like a mad dog. We need that kind of fire from our LBs. He's got a chip on his shoulder from last year and all the grief his defense got in the off-season. That kind of 'prove it' attitude can really light a fire in a defense.

beerlover
10-03-2011, 11:03 AM
Cushing is back in form making plays all over the field. But where is DeMeco?

gtexan02
10-03-2011, 11:06 AM
I like Cushing's attitude. Hit hits a guy and wraps him up like a mad dog. We need that kind of fire from our LBs. He's got a chip on his shoulder from last year and all the grief his defense got in the off-season. That kind of 'prove it' attitude can really light a fire in a defense.

I agree completley. One of the things I've noticed from Cushing is that when he wraps a guy up, he pulls him backwards towards the LOS. A lot of guys just go for the big hit. Cushing fights for every single yard

HOU-TEX
10-03-2011, 11:06 AM
Maybe we should inform him of a player on every team we play this year said he was "juiced out of his mind"?

I said it in another thread, but I thought Cushing had a great game. Dude was everywhere.

Hervoyel
10-03-2011, 11:07 AM
Cushing is back in form making plays all over the field. But where is DeMeco?

Needs time. He's recovering from an injury and taking on a new role. He's active and getting better every week.

texas838
10-03-2011, 12:43 PM
he's a beast. he plays with such rage and I love it!!!

aussie_texan
10-23-2011, 02:58 PM
his playing at an All-pro level now. his everywhere!

The Cush
10-23-2011, 03:25 PM
Comeback Player of the Year

ATXtexanfan
10-23-2011, 04:46 PM
Comeback Player of the Year

got my vote, does the little things

jtexas
10-23-2011, 04:54 PM
Comeback Player of the Year

I think Ryans has a lot to do with it. They just seemed lost last season with cushing setting up the defense.

Javi
10-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Great season from Cush so far. IMO he might be playing at an all-pro level.

Crushing56
10-23-2011, 04:58 PM
The stats do not have ANY indication of how awesome he is playing.
The stats say he only has six tackles, but i thought he was in on like 12 or 13...
I dont really like the whole "tackles" stat because it's so up to whoever is counting it to count it as a tackle or a tackle assist or whatever.
Plus, if the player is very good, teams wont even run towards him or run the ball, so he technically wont get as many tackles. Its a nearly meaningless stat if you ask me. But anyways, to get back on topic... yeah, he was an animal out there today.
:clap:

HTown2ATX
10-23-2011, 05:08 PM
Cushing has definitely been beasting lately! Glad to see him starting to make more visible impact plays!

Scooter
10-23-2011, 05:12 PM
cushing has been simply amazing most of the season and appears to be getting better in every aspect of his game each week. obviously a little biased, but he's easily one of the most complete linebackers in the NFL in my opinion.

Texan_Bill
10-23-2011, 05:13 PM
BEAST!!! Makes you think that his lack of productivity last year wasn't the idea that he was off the 'roids, but rather there was some truth to the fact that he missed 4 games AND got moved to a position which didn't suit him after Demeco's loss...

Trap_Star
10-23-2011, 05:14 PM
just be use to use a wizzinator going forward.

Yankee_In_TX
10-23-2011, 05:22 PM
He's back on roids and I could not be happier :)

Corrosion
10-23-2011, 05:43 PM
Cushing = NFL Defensive MVP so far. :d:

kingh99
10-23-2011, 05:50 PM
He's calling the plays. He's entrenched as the defacto captain. DeMeco has been a great bridge player in Texans history. Unfortunately, his end as starter is nigh.

Scooter
10-23-2011, 05:51 PM
Cushing = NFL Defensive MVP so far. :d:

not enough pretty stats, but i'd give it to him. the anchor of the most improved defense in the NFL and arguably the most dominant defender not on the ravens this season.

badboy
10-23-2011, 05:55 PM
I think Cushing has adjusted to a lot and is now where he needs to be.

drunkcookie
10-23-2011, 05:57 PM
Cush is killing it this year... I agree with the descriptions of "beastly", and that he's "an animal" etc... I just think the fella's dialed in...

Fox
10-23-2011, 06:46 PM
Honestly I thought moving Cushing to MLB in the 3-4 was going to limit his playmaking ability but I couldn't have been more wrong. He's all over the place, and they're finding ways to make him an effective pass rusher. Not to mention he seems like a team leader. Great player.

drunkcookie
10-23-2011, 06:48 PM
One thing that really worries me about Cushing is how he was flirting with Arian on the sideline... anyone see this? Looked like he was blowing on his neck and whispering sweet nothings to him and stuff... really disturbing to me... don't mix business with pleasure, man...

beerlover
10-23-2011, 06:56 PM
Cushing is back in form making plays all over the field. But where is DeMeco?

anybody know what is going on with DeMeco? I'm repeating question I know, but I didn't see him on the field or hear anything being reported. I hope everything is alright?

BSofA04
10-23-2011, 06:57 PM
One thing that really worries me about Cushing is how he was flirting with Arian on the sideline... anyone see this? Looked like he was blowing on his neck and whispering sweet nothings to him and stuff... really disturbing to me... don't mix business with pleasure, man...

Hilarious man. I don't give a crap if they were flirting. This victory feels sooo good. lol Funny post.

BSofA04
10-23-2011, 06:59 PM
anybody know what is going on with DeMeco? I'm repeating question I know, but I didn't see him on the field or hear anything being reported. I hope everything is alright?

I'm with you. Defense is performing so I'm being quiet, but paging DeMeco....Dr. Defense.....how are you?

beerlover
10-23-2011, 07:02 PM
I'm with you. Defense is performing so I'm being quiet, but paging DeMeco....Dr. Defense.....how are you?

I see he was listed as questionable for the game with elbow/hamstring issue but no mention of it is surprising.

fiasco west
10-23-2011, 07:08 PM
He's calling the plays. He's entrenched as the defacto captain. DeMeco has been a great bridge player in Texans history. Unfortunately, his end as starter is nigh.

He's still a starter though. I really don't see anyone challenging DeMeco for his spot and he has had his moments this year but far too few. Perhaps he's just a much better 4-3 MLB though or perhaps that elbow has made him less aggressive.

Mr teX
10-23-2011, 07:13 PM
anybody know what is going on with DeMeco? I'm repeating question I know, but I didn't see him on the field or hear anything being reported. I hope everything is alright?

he was out there though...jared cook's only reception was on him...its like someone just said, it appears there aren't alot on opportunities for him & his limited athleticism in this system.

Scooter
10-23-2011, 07:21 PM
He's still a starter though. I really don't see anyone challenging DeMeco for his spot and he has had his moments this year but far too few. Perhaps he's just a much better 4-3 MLB though or perhaps that elbow has made him less aggressive.

demeco's a great MLB. he's very cerebral and is a king of both gap control and lateral containment. his skillset however (especially with the injuries), doesnt fit wade's defense as far as i can tell. he cant cover zone or man or backfield, he cant consistently beat individual blocks, and has been relegated to an insanely expensive jay foreman - playing behind the studs or caught in the wash up front. demeco is very talented and will be much better once he's 100%, but IMO we've moved on.

cushing is our defensive captain at ILB and if not for a monster contract, we'd be better off finding a ryans' replacement in the draft. i am worried that we're giving major money to a player that is probably replaceable. like i said last week, demeco will probably be on the block before long.

SteveSlaton20
10-23-2011, 07:23 PM
loving him again, just hopefully he doesn't disappoint all of us and is back on roids.

pbat488
10-23-2011, 07:33 PM
cushing had knee surgery in january to repair something that's been bothering him since college iirc; also i'm pretty sure he said he's finally fully healthy for the first time in years earlier this season too.

either way, he's been a stud this season and i hope he keeps it up

ObsiWan
10-23-2011, 07:34 PM
anybody know what is going on with DeMeco? I'm repeating question I know, but I didn't see him on the field or hear anything being reported. I hope everything is alright?

He played. I saw him coming up in gang tackling situations. But he didn't ring up any stats though. Also, Sharpton was in for a few plays.

But then, the Tacks went 3 & out so many times our leading tackler was Cushing with 6 and Reed with 4. A bunch of guys had 3. On the other side, the Tacks leading tacklers had 12, 11, and 10 tackles. We kept them on the field quite a bit.

gary
10-23-2011, 07:40 PM
Roids or not hopefully he has learned how to cover them up.

fiasco west
10-23-2011, 07:43 PM
demeco's a great MLB. he's very cerebral and is a king of both gap control and lateral containment. his skillset however (especially with the injuries), doesnt fit wade's defense as far as i can tell. he cant cover zone or man or backfield, he cant consistently beat individual blocks, and has been relegated to an insanely expensive jay foreman - playing behind the studs or caught in the wash up front. demeco is very talented and will be much better once he's 100%, but IMO we've moved on.

cushing is our defensive captain at ILB and if not for a monster contract, we'd be better off finding a ryans' replacement in the draft. i am worried that we're giving major money to a player that is probably replaceable. like i said last week, demeco will probably be on the block before long.

I agree that Meco looks very tradeable this season. The only reason I wouldn't though is because I'd rather the team hang onto him until they have a guy ready to step into that spot. Not do the whole Dunta thing again (although Dunta forced himself out) and get rid of a guy and hope to find his replacement quickly. I wouldn't be against drafting a ILB in the 2nd or 3rd round if the guy is a stud.

He played. I saw him coming up in gang tackling situations. But he didn't ring up any stats though. Also, Sharpton was in for a few plays.

But then, the Tacks went 3 & out so many times our leading tackler was Cushing with 6 and Reed with 4. A bunch of guys had 3. On the other side, the Tacks leading tacklers had 12, 11, and 10 tackles. We kept them on the field quite a bit.

Yeah. Someone should make a quality tackle stat. Tackles after so many yards are useless...Also the Texans were on the field more offensively while our defense seemingly forced the Titans to punt after 3-5 plays every drive. So not many tackling opportunities.

But just watching Cushing you can tell the difference in just how he walks like he's the alpha dog out there.

thunderkyss
10-23-2011, 07:51 PM
Roids or not hopefully he has learned how to cover them up.

Which 'roids are you talking about Gary?

:kitten:

jtexas
10-23-2011, 07:53 PM
One thing that really worries me about Cushing is how he was flirting with Arian on the sideline... anyone see this? Looked like he was blowing on his neck and whispering sweet nothings to him and stuff... really disturbing to me... don't mix business with pleasure, man...

Whatever they are doing on the side is working... just turn your head. :laughjump:

Scooter
10-23-2011, 08:20 PM
it's hard to suggest putting demeco on the block regardless of who will or might replace him, because he is very talented. however i think we have a competant player already in sharpton and backup ILB's are one of the more ample veteran free agent positions.

more than anything, my position is based on salary. if we can free up money through trade, we can find a similar player for a fraction of the cost. if it'll cost us, there's nothing wrong with paying a good player for doing his job.

thunderkyss
10-23-2011, 08:27 PM
more than anything, my position is based on salary. if we can free up money through trade, we can find a similar player for a fraction of the cost. if it'll cost us, there's nothing wrong with paying a good player for doing his job.

I'd like to see someone show a glimpse that they need to stay on the field when we go into our nickel package. Right now, I'm not seeing that guy.

I think Demeco is still recovering from his ankle & will start earning that money before the season is out.

But 'meco don't look tradeable (to me) until we have someone who can take his place.

TimeKiller
10-23-2011, 08:39 PM
Cushing looks like DROY Cushing again. And not at all like last year Cushing. Demeco looks like a guy who is being coached by someone who knows that he's not a coverage LBer. Base packages, run stopping and containing plays. Occassionally gets free up the middle on a blitz. That's Demeco's game now, especially on the recovery road. Gotta say the LBers are impressing me this year.

Cjeremy635
10-23-2011, 08:40 PM
Cushing has been back in "beast mode" and it's been refreshing. I've thought that maybe he was back on roids, but who knows. Personally, I don't care......just don't get caught! I did see earlier on NBC's Football Night in America, that the NFL will not be testing for HGH without the Union's permission. I've never messed with HGH, so I don't know if it would effect your athletic aggression the same way that anabolics like testosterone would.

Either way, he's playing at a Pro Bowl level IMHO. Hopefully he can keep it up.

Scooter
10-23-2011, 09:18 PM
I'd like to see someone show a glimpse that they need to stay on the field when we go into our nickel package. Right now, I'm not seeing that guy.

I think Demeco is still recovering from his ankle & will start earning that money before the season is out.

But 'meco don't look tradeable (to me) until we have someone who can take his place.

that's where demeco is replacable IMO. he's not a 3 down linebacker in our system, an upgrade would be someone who stays on the field in both run and passing situations. demeco is playing behind cushing on rush downs ... not exactly a favorable spot for someone who comes off the field on passing downs while on a 48+ million dollar contract.

as is, we could fill his early down role with more run oriented guys like sharpton or dobbins or a veteran free agent, and draft a more athletic cover linebacker to come in on 3rd downs and passing situations. that would be a much cheaper status quo. an upgrade would be a 2nd or 3rd rounder who is able to play alongside cushing and be a 3 down linebacker.

rush2112mn
10-23-2011, 09:40 PM
I love Cushings attitude....he is bringing it......Phillips calls him a "holy terror"....

Mr. Crushing is back and better than ever.......sure have missed him....its a joy watching him play......never get tired of his relentess pursuit on each play.....plays like a man possessed.....

He has picked up this new system and is thriving very well.......
I think he makes the pro bowl for sure......

ThaJokaa
10-23-2011, 10:11 PM
Cushing looks like DROY Cushing again. And not at all like last year Cushing. Demeco looks like a guy who is being coached by someone who knows that he's not a coverage LBer. Base packages, run stopping and containing plays. Occassionally gets free up the middle on a blitz. That's Demeco's game now, especially on the recovery road. Gotta say the LBers are impressing me this year.

He looks better than his DROY form IMO...

Scooter
10-23-2011, 11:11 PM
Cushing looks like DROY Cushing again. And not at all like last year Cushing. Demeco looks like a guy who is being coached by someone who knows that he's not a coverage LBer. Base packages, run stopping and containing plays. Occassionally gets free up the middle on a blitz. That's Demeco's game now, especially on the recovery road. Gotta say the LBers are impressing me this year.

i'm probably in the minority, but i thought cushing was actually decent last season - all things considered. all-pro he wasnt, and certainly lost at times, but between missing 4 games and then switching positions twice i thought he was no less than solid.

TheMatrix31
10-23-2011, 11:27 PM
Cushing is a straight up animal. Easily the brightest spot of the team overall this season. Man....can't say enough.

STEEL BLUE TEXANS
10-24-2011, 01:27 AM
I'm sorry I ever doubted him. Cushing is a monster.

dream_team
10-24-2011, 03:08 AM
He hasn't been getting the stats because the defense isn't simply on the field that much.

speedfreek
10-24-2011, 10:37 AM
I'm just glad he decided not to get pregnant in the off-season, because he's come in handy so far this year..

TJ

EVOLVIST
10-24-2011, 11:40 AM
i'm probably in the minority, but i thought cushing was actually decent last season - all things considered. all-pro he wasnt, and certainly lost at times, but between missing 4 games and then switching positions twice i thought he was no less than solid. (not directed at the quote) i'm also not crediting his DROY season to "performance enhancers" since he tested positive before signing a contract, and tested clean as a texan. THIS IS brian cushing. if he can stay healthy, i think we have an even more athletic brian urlacher - the complete inside linebacker.

BEAST!!! Makes you think that his lack of productivity last year wasn't the idea that he was off the 'roids, but rather there was some truth to the fact that he missed 4 games AND got moved to a position which didn't suit him after Demeco's loss...

These factors do not get mentioned enough. There had been way too many people talking about his "sophmore slump," because he was off the 'roids.

I'm not going to defend nor commend what I really don't know regarding Cushing and steroids. Though the evidence points to the affirmative, still the time he missed and then getting thrown into a new position was not conducive to proving his detractors wrong.

Maybe in 2011 we're seeing the real Brian Cushing. :aggressive:

chicagotexan2
10-24-2011, 11:44 AM
I'm just glad he decided not to get pregnant in the off-season, because he's come in handy so far this year..

TJ

Don;t be so hard on the man afterall, it usually takes a while to recover from a c-section.

badboy
10-24-2011, 11:47 AM
Ryans is avg about 4 tackles a game. I'd like to see a few more from him.

thunderkyss
10-24-2011, 12:04 PM
These factors do not get mentioned enough. There had been way too many people talking about his "sophmore slump," because he was off the 'roids.

I'm not going to defend nor commend what I really don't know regarding Cushing and steroids. Though the evidence points to the affirmative, still the time he missed and then getting thrown into a new position was not conducive to proving his detractors wrong.

Maybe in 2011 we're seeing the real Brian Cushing. :aggressive:

The whole style of defense we played in 2010 was not going to make anyone a star. We drafted down hill players & asked them to back up all game long.

:koolaid:

ThaJokaa
10-24-2011, 12:17 PM
I say give him the C patch next year..

DBCooper
10-24-2011, 02:20 PM
Cushing is playing great in Wade's D!

Someone needs to post some blood running down the face pics while his helmet was on!

Pure badass!

b0ng
10-25-2011, 10:44 AM
Brian Cushing needs way way way more love.

Heard Lance Z's dad on the radio today, said he talked to the Steeler RB coach and it was made known that Cushing is the toughest LB they have faced this season.

I love Cushing.

HOU-TEX
10-25-2011, 10:47 AM
Brian Cushing needs way way way more love.

Heard Lance Z's dad on the radio today, said he talked to the Steeler RB coach and it was made known that Cushing is the toughest LB they have faced this season.

I love Cushing.

I agree. I mentioned how good he was playing a couple weeks ago. He's really taken to Wade's D and he's been playing out of his mind lately. He's been our best player on D so far this year. Definitely the most consistent.

b0ng
10-25-2011, 12:36 PM
I agree. I mentioned how good he was playing a couple weeks ago. He's really taken to Wade's D and he's been playing out of his mind lately. He's been our best player on D so far this year. Definitely the most consistent.

Brian Cushing is the reason I don't fear MJD this year.

El Tejano
10-25-2011, 12:38 PM
He always does well against CJ too. I've noticed that there are always plays where I'm thinking "Oh no he's getting outside" and then Cushing comes and wraps him up for no gain.

Spled
10-30-2011, 09:24 PM
Let's give respect to the beastly one on the day before Halloween.
http://thefanhub.com/uploads/medium/uspw_5592908-1317929870.jpg

Kaiser Toro
10-30-2011, 09:29 PM
Cushing is quietly having an All-Pro year, in my opinion, while bringing the pain on every play.

Lucky
10-30-2011, 09:43 PM
Cushing is quietly having an All-Pro year, in my opinion, while bringing the pain on every play.
Absolutely. The best player on the most improved defense in the league. The question is, will Cushing get credit for his play, post-suspension? From the media, fans, and even his peers?

JimBaker488
10-30-2011, 10:39 PM
Absolutely. The best player on the most improved defense in the league. The question is, will Cushing get credit for his play, post-suspension? From the media, fans, and even his peers?
One thing for sure, we can do our part here in Houston for him by voting like crazy for the Pro Bowl.

Rey
10-31-2011, 12:34 AM
Cushing is the man.

Easily the best player on defense with jjo right on his heels. With aj being out he is my team MVP as well.

The Cush is back.

76Texan
10-31-2011, 01:08 AM
Another good call (among many) by 76Texan! :choke:

Cushing at ILB will work just fine!
Mario can play OLB!
Barwin (seemingly back to normal during PS) will continue to improve and play well.
The "move" to Wade's 34 won't take long!
Brooks Reed is a lunch-pail worker and will contribute, just give him a little time.
NT won't be a liability.
JJ Watt is plenty fast/quick to play 34 DE.

TheMatrix31
10-31-2011, 04:36 AM
Just an all-pro year? I don't think so. This guy is having a DPOY level season so far.

Really making us "forget" that Mario's done for the year.

Un-REAL job by Cushing. This guy is a straight up monster.

TimeKiller
10-31-2011, 09:15 AM
Beast. I think he covers all the backs, 1 TE AND rushes on every single down. Like he splits into 3 more versions of himself. Dude is going straight up bananas, he's the reason this D is still fierce.

thunderkyss
10-31-2011, 09:21 AM
Beast. I think he covers all the backs, 1 TE AND rushes on every single down. Like he splits into 3 more versions of himself. Dude is going straight up bananas, he's the reason this D is still fierce.

I was thinking MJD must have been thinking we had 13 guys on defense.

IDEXAN
10-31-2011, 09:56 AM
Just an all-pro year? I don't think so. This guy is having a DPOY level season so far.

Really making us "forget" that Mario's done for the year.

Un-REAL job by Cushing. This guy is a straight up monster.
Cushings problem re getting consideration for an award like DPOY is that he's not that high in the stats, which is usually a requirment for getting such an award.

Wolf
10-31-2011, 09:16 PM
http://cdn2-b.examiner.com/sites/default/files/styles/image_full_width/hash/ff/25/ff250f47ebf3bf3c149596310bb7fc05.jpg

Brian Cushing lets out a roar after making a defensive stop in the Texans 24-14 win over the Jags Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images
http://www.examiner.com/houston-texans-in-houston/brian-cushing-photo-8

beerlover
10-31-2011, 09:24 PM
You guys are making it real easy to gameplan against this Texan defense.
:wadepalm:

Kthx
10-31-2011, 09:25 PM
It seems to me like Cushing is becoming the heart and soul of this defense, I saw quite a few times last week against the Jags where they showed our D huddling and Cushing laying down the law.

Wolf
10-31-2011, 09:30 PM
Halloween cushlash





http://media.northjersey.com/images/cushing21.jpg

Wolf
10-31-2011, 09:30 PM
You guys are making it real easy to gameplan against this Texan defense.
:wadepalm:

not while #25 is out there :specnatz:

Texan_Bill
10-31-2011, 09:34 PM
What did that little beyotch yell at Cushing involving a MF'er reference?? Talk all you want beyotch!!! You're the one that got punk'd, girly boi!!! I loved how Cush walked away from him with that smirk!!! JAX = bitches, apparently!

beerlover
10-31-2011, 09:37 PM
not while #25 is out there :specnatz:

double team Cushing & you don't have to worry about #25 :specnatz:

Wolf
10-31-2011, 09:38 PM
What did that little beyotch yell at Cushing involving a MF'er reference?? Talk all you want beyotch!!! You're the one that got punk'd, girly boi!!! I loved how Cush walked away from him with that smirk!!! JAX = bitches, apparently!

Whoa there Mother *******ER (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDqlx5tgT5Q)

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/J4103V/bghorse0.jpg

thanks to false start on that one

TejasTom
10-31-2011, 10:03 PM
You guys are making it real easy to gameplan against this Texan defense.
:wadepalm:

Reminds me of:

"Everybody has a plan until they get hit." - Mike Tyson

Crushing56
10-31-2011, 11:30 PM
Reminds me of:

"Everybody has a plan until they get hit." - Mike Tyson

I LOVE your signature haha