The regression of Texan defensive players by Texan coaching - a subject that I have seen mentioned here before but I don't know that it has really been dissected.... My thoughts are below. Please understand that I learn a lot from this board. I openly admit that a lot of the posters are much more knowledgeable than myself. So I'm not throwing things out as gospel and a lot of this will sound very subjective. Rather, I'm hoping to inspire some discourse that might shed some light on some gray areas. Over the past few days I have been thinking about this "regression via coaching" subject. First, I was wondering if Cushing's lack of impact YTD has been because he WAS on PED's last year and is NOT this year. I was mulling the timing of drug tests, etc. and I started thinking - well, this is his second year here. Seems some of our players suffer from a sophomore slump (followed by the junior jinx, senior suckitude, etc). So Cush was my first example - is his lack of impact PED related or has he been coached down by our staff (yes, I know his positive test was not for PED's but a recovery agent)? Other examples: Demeco - his first couple of years he seemed to have a greater impact on games and seemed more athletic than recently. Has his bigger size coupled with not having good DT's hampered his play or is it coaching? Will Demps - Showed up with some flashes his first year here then faded into obscurity. Was it his modeling career and old age or was it coaching? Fred Bennett - Looks like a real up and coming talent his first year. Serviceable the next. Now - out of the league after the Chargers let him go. Flash in the pan in year one? Or raw but talented and coached right out of the league? Bernard Pollard - Hell of a lot more effective last year. Poor tackling, poor angles, etc. this year. Second year in our system. Has he been exposed by other teams' film study or coached out of being good? Zac Diles - 7th round pick turned starter. Played pretty dang well for awhile. This year, not so much. Again - was he like Fred Bennett? Raw talent coached down? I could probably sit here and rattle off some more, but I think that I've thrown enough examples out to spark some conversation. Are we actually seeing our defensive talent coached down or are we seeing a bunch of other factors that just makes it look that way? I'm hoping that its the latter but I'm afraid its the former. Thoughts?