Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing ready for the 2014 season, and understands he has to make an impact. Coaching staff under head coach Bill O’Brien will use Cushing as needed to preserve his health throughout the season.
Cushing hasn’t practiced with his team all spring due to rehabbing an injury he suffered last season that cost him the remaining nine games of 2013.
The team finished a disappointing 2-14. After owner Bob McNair and GM Rick Smith decided to clean house, they brought in a new coaching staff with a new mentality.
“I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there,” Cushing told NFL.com
The last team we saw Cushing on the field was week seven against Kansas City where he suffered a severe right leg injury. One of the highlight of that shortened season was a week one interception for a touchdown against the Chargers in San Diego.
After he suffered an injury to his ACL in a game against the New York Jets in 2012. He missed the final 11 games that season.
Throughout the rehab process, Cushing elevated his confidence, and never lost sight of the mission at hand which was to return to field healthier and maintain throughout the season.
He has worked diligently during his rehab, and reminds us all that works out everyday. He’s even praised the training staff in Houston for his return success.
“I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp. Come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job,” Cushing said.
With JJ Watt coming back even stronger, the drafting of rookie Jadeveon Clowney, and Brooks Reed, this defense looks to be virtually unstoppable with the return of Cushing this season.
He’s had a rough couple of years, but realizes he has to put all that behind him as he focuses in on the new season under head coach Bill O’Brien.
Cushing stated he’s feels the best he’s felt in a very long time, and is excited to rejoin his teammates during training camp later on this July.
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel looks forward to the opportunity of having his defense healthy and ready for the season, where Cushing plays a key role.
Being one of the vocal leader of the defense, the Texans missed Cushing presence in 2013, but in 2014, he’ll be back and louder than ever. One of the hardest players on the field, where many players in the league respect his smash nose football attitude.