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Texans LB Cushing named top defensive rookie

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  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Anyone think we would have taken him if Houston didn't?

    What ever happened to that Aaron Curry guy?



    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/texans-lb-cushing-named-top-rookie

    From the first practice in training camp until the last game, Brian Cushing was a tackling machine for the Houston Texans.

    That's exactly what the team sought when it chose the linebacker from Southern Cal 15th overall in the draft last April. What the Texans also got is The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    Cushing was a runaway winner in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Cushing received 39 votes Tuesday, easily beating Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, who had six, and became the second Texans linebacker in four seasons to win the award. DeMeco Ryans took it in 2006.

    "I'm just a much smarter football player," Cushing said. "I'm much more advanced than I was this time last year and it was just a good way to start out a career. I'm happy about how everything turned out this year. Of course the playoffs would have been nice, but now we know what we have to do for next season."

    This season, Cushing had 133 tackles, 86 of them primary, according to the Texans, who went 9-7, their first winning record. He also had five sacks, four interceptions and forced two fumbles, numbers that normally belong to a seasoned veteran.

    Which is exactly how the 22-year-old Cushing played.

    "He brought another element to our football team: his love for the game, his passion, his play, playing beat up, all these things," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He played like a 10-year vet from the day he stepped on the field. Our players respect what he does with the game and how he goes about his business. We're very fortunate to have him and we're going to have him here for a long, long time. What a year. He was exceptional."

    Nobody can understand or appreciate what Cushing accomplished better than Ryans, who made a similar impact in '06.

    "Brian is a special player," Ryans said. "I saw when he first stepped on the field that he could be a special player for us. Just to watch him grow week in and week out, I'm just so proud of him. He's like my little brother out there. I'm always out there talking to him about how we can be great as a unit. I say it to him every week, 'Let's go out and be great and be the best linebackers in the league' and that's our motto and that's our goal."

    They're closing in on it.

    Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, who also went to Southern Cal and was a first-round draft pick, earned three votes. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo got the other two.

    Cushing is the seventh straight linebacker voted top defensive rookie and the ninth in 10 years. Last year's winner was New England's Jerod Mayo. From the first practice in training camp until the last game, Brian Cushing was a tackling machine for the Houston Texans.

    That's exactly what the team sought when it chose the linebacker from Southern Cal 15th overall in the draft last April. What the Texans also got is The Associated Press 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    Cushing was a runaway winner in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Cushing received 39 votes Tuesday, easily beating Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, who had six, and became the second Texans linebacker in four seasons to win the award. DeMeco Ryans took it in 2006.

    "I'm just a much smarter football player," Cushing said. "I'm much more advanced than I was this time last year and it was just a good way to start out a career. I'm happy about how everything turned out this year. Of course the playoffs would have been nice, but now we know what we have to do for next season."

    This season, Cushing had 133 tackles, 86 of them primary, according to the Texans, who went 9-7, their first winning record. He also had five sacks, four interceptions and forced two fumbles, numbers that normally belong to a seasoned veteran.

    Which is exactly how the 22-year-old Cushing played.

    "He brought another element to our football team: his love for the game, his passion, his play, playing beat up, all these things," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He played like a 10-year vet from the day he stepped on the field. Our players respect what he does with the game and how he goes about his business. We're very fortunate to have him and we're going to have him here for a long, long time. What a year. He was exceptional."

    Nobody can understand or appreciate what Cushing accomplished better than Ryans, who made a similar impact in '06.

    "Brian is a special player," Ryans said. "I saw when he first stepped on the field that he could be a special player for us. Just to watch him grow week in and week out, I'm just so proud of him. He's like my little brother out there. I'm always out there talking to him about how we can be great as a unit. I say it to him every week, 'Let's go out and be great and be the best linebackers in the league' and that's our motto and that's our goal."

    They're closing in on it.

    Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, who also went to Southern Cal and was a first-round draft pick, earned three votes. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo got the other two.

    Cushing is the seventh straight linebacker voted top defensive rookie and the ninth in 10 years. Last year's winner was New England's Jerod Mayo.
     
  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    and looking at some stats

    James Laurinaitis should have gotten some love considering he played for the Rams. :lol:

    Tackles 120
    Sacks 2.0
    Interceptions 2

    vs.

    Brian Cushing

    Tackles 128
    Sacks 4.0
    INTs 4
    Fumbles Forced 2
     
  3. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    I loved Cushing and figured he'd be good. But this even exceeded my expectations.

    Laurinitis surprised the hell out of me. No way did I see him putting up those numbers.

    Nice.
     
  4. Dublin Bolt

    Dublin Bolt BoltTalker

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    2009's LB class was unreal. Some real gems came out this year.

    Well deserved Cushing.
     

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