Some Love For Cushing

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  1. Ryan

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    I think he's better than Bowman though. Look at who Bowman lines up next to.
     
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    NFL Podium Awards: Niners duo rules linebacker position
    By Daniel Jeremiah NFL.com

    Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is getting into the Olympic mindset early this summer, handing out NFL Podium Awards for the top three players at each position group. Remember, this list is based on where these players are ranked heading into the 2012 season. Today, he takes on linebackers.

    First of all, before Dallas Cowboys fans start to panic, this list is not for 3-4 outside linebackers. Those players will be grouped with all of the 4-3 defensive ends in Friday's Pash Rusher Podium Awards. In compiling this list, there were several fine candidates to choose from, but these three players stood out above the rest because of their combination of size, speed and instincts. I spent four years in the Baltimore Ravens scouting department while Rex Ryan was on the coaching staff. He used to always say that a big hit was just as valuable as a turnover. All three of these players make their presence felt with explosive tackles.

    Gold: Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

    For over a decade, this spot was firmly in the grasp of the Ravens' Ray Lewis. However, Willis has been the gold standard at the position for the last few years and he doesn't show any signs of relinquishing the title any time soon. In his first five seasons, Willis has been to five Pro Bowls and been named first-team All-Pro on four occasions. He's averaged 138 tackles a season and also collected 17 career sacks. His combination of speed, explosiveness and instincts is tops in the league. The 49ers' defense has become the most feared in the entire league, and Willis has been the captain of the ship ever since he arrived in 2007.

    Silver: NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers

    If Willis is going to face any competition for the top spot over the next few seasons, it will likely come from the player who lines up right next to him every Sunday. In just his second season, Bowman exploded on the scene. He led the team in tackles with 143 -- his 111 solo tackles ranked second in the NFL -- and also recorded a pair of sacks. Bowman was named first-team All-Pro for his efforts. He has a lot of similarities to Willis in his style of play. He has the speed to range sideline to sideline and he's explosive on contact. At only 24 years old, he's just scratching the surface of how great he can become.

    Bronze: Brian Cushing, Houston Texans

    This was a tough decision. The Bears LB duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs continues to perform at a very high level. Lewis isn't quite the same player that he used to be, but he still plays the game with more violence than any other linebacker in the league. There are several talented young players at the position who deserve consideration (see list below), but Cushing gets the nod because of his size, speed and versatility. He played outside in his first two seasons. He was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009 after he recorded 133 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions. His reputation took a bit of a hit following a positive drug test, but he played well again in 2010. This past season, he moved to the middle in Wade Phillips' 3-4 attack and responded by having an outstanding campaign. He totaled 114 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions. It's very difficult to find linebackers with the size and strength to take on lineman in the run game while also possessing the speed and athleticism to cover running backs and tight ends in the passing game. Cushing excels in both areas.

    Others considered: Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers; Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens; Lance Briggs, Chicago Bears; Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears; Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs; Desmond Bishop, Green Bay Packers; Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots; D'Qwell Jackson, Cleveland Browns; Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings; Sean Weatherspoon, Atlanta Falcons; Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals; London Fletcher, Washington Redskins; James Laurinaitis, St. Louis Rams; Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys.
     
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    Daniel Jeremiah ‏@MoveTheSticks
    This LB list doesn't include 3-4 OLBs. They are grouped with the 4-3 DEs for Friday's post on pass rushers. #NFL
     
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    Agreed, I will take Cush over Bowman any day.
     
  5. The Medic01

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    Cushing is better than Bowman. Bowman is not the second best in the league.
     
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    love cush, but i don't have a problem with bowman taken ahead of him. bowman is a beast. you guys need to watch a 9er game.
     
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    Exactly. I love cush but bowman brings it every week. Not as ferocious as cush but better range and maybe better instincts.
     
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    By no means am i trashing Bowman's game. I've seen Niners games and I think he definitely deserves consideration for one of the best, but I honestly think that Cush is better.
     


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    I agree with you bro... hes not Brian Crushing for nothin.. and he should also grow out the locks again, that would definitely help get him another 20 tackles haha :shots:
     
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    I think some of yall might be wearing blue and red sunglasses. I have to say, Bowman takes the cake. He's not considerably ahead of Cushing, but I'd pick Bowman over Cush every single time.
     
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    Cushing moves into lead role on Texans' defense


     
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    I just saw Cushing's clip of him being #59 (IIRC) in top 100 and there was one clip that made me laugh so hard. It's when he goes and makes a hard hit in a game, runs back to the defensive huddle and reaches across the huddle to get JJ Watts attention and says "By the way that's how you hit someone." JJ just kind of looks at him like why are you telling me that. It was a funny way of insipring another player. I thought that was awesome.
     
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    I wouldn't say it is pushing anything. He only gave one category to Cushing.

    If anything he made the impact plays category look more impressive by comparing five year totals with three year totals. Their production in the areas he listed are a wash:

    Sacks per season - Willis 3.4, Cushing 3.2
    Takeaways per season - Willis 3.4, Cushing 3.7
     

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