Brian Cushing rides again


Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) celebrates stopping a run on the one-yard line against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Like last season, the Texans star linebacker Brian Cushing is preparing to show that a terrible leg and knee injury won’t stop him from being one of the most ferocious and yes insane players in the league. Experience is a great teacher, and Cushing sadly has far too much experience in this field. The Texans are installing a new defense but Cushings been forced to watch from the sideline. Fortunately the all involved along with a bestial wrath on the field, Cushing happens to be a pretty sharp cookie off the field. Romeo Crennel hasn’t been worried, whatever value would be gained on the field there is little doubt that Cushing will fail to adapt quickly once things go live.

Why we believe:

It’s Brian Cushing. Okay okay, I suppose we can expand on this. The stats in 2012 and 2013 bare out the reality the Texans are better defensively with him on the field. It’s not his individual play as much as it is psychological as far as I’m concerned. Yes, he’s a gifted player but it’s his insane approach to playing. His energy, drive and ferocity that lends a boost to those around him. The man headbutted a helmeted opponent, one of the most memorable images of any player in many a year. Though Watt did try to one up him on the bloody faced defended look, it’s the eyes. The fans love him, his teammates rally around him and opponents do anything they can to stop him. Which brings us too…

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Why we worry:

Two seasons, two blown knees and a leg later, if there is a kryptonite to Cushing it’s his legs. Everyone knows he’s vulnerable. Last season he went on a “legal” play, I still call garbage. It was dirty. Not as dirty as the roll over on him in the Jets game but come on man. You can’t say it wasn’t an intentional leg spear to cause pain if not injury. As long as Cushing is healthy, the Texans have their heart on the field. One “legal” leg spear is all that stands between Cushing and perhaps the end of his career. That would be tragic and something this writer fears.

That all being said, with all the weapons on the Texans defense this season, opposing teams are going to have their plates full and focusing on Cushing may rank high but the cost of gaming around him may prove too high. Here’s to a healthy 2014 season for Cushing.

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