Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is playing better than just about any defender in the NFL and is the driving force behind Houston’s vastly improved defense. He joined the “Cover Two Podcast” to discuss his strong start and how he wasn’t overly keen on moving to the inside but trusted new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips‘ decision to play him there.
” It just feels right,” Said Cushing. “It was one of those things since the first day in camp (Phillips) … put me at middle line backer feeling that was my best coverage. He feels I can run sideline to sideline and just knows where guys fit. He watched film the whole offseason, and that’s where he was going to put me, as a (middle) linebacker. I wasn’t so sure of it, but I trusted him knowing his background, all his credentials and everything and it just really worked out.”
Cushing also sheds some light on what’s been the difference in Houston’s 180-turn from being one of the NFL’s worst defenses last season to the third-ranked unit this year.
“As a defense and a team, we just have the mentality that whoever comes to play against us we feel we can win,” Cushing said. “I think that’s a different mindset than before, even banged up right now with some guys. I think that the confidence on this team is just really overwhelming and were just excited for the next challenge every week.”
Of course, we had to talk Tim Tebow, and throw water on the suggestion that coach John Fox and Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway are putting Tebow in a position to fail so they can prove to “Tebow Nation” that he can’t play. Tune in to hear us rip.
In one of the best podcasts to date, we also discuss if the Saints would fall apart like the Colts have this season if quarterback Drew Brees were to get hurt, and which of the rookie quarterbacks could be on a career path that parallels Alex Smith.
We also dole out some midseason awards and take players to task for complaining about dirty play. Take off the skirts fellas and settle it on the field.