Houston (CBS Houston)– The Houston Texans (2-3) are hosting the St. Louis Rams (2-3) Sunday at Reliant Stadium and to say that this game is important to this team and city, well that would be an understatement.
For right now let’s put aside all the drama that has surrounded quarterback Matt Schaub and turn our attention to a guy that I think deserves most of the accolades and nods for carrying this Texans team through all this rubble of adversity, Brian Cushing.
“Just being in this locker room, there’s no sense of panic or anything because we know the capabilities and talent we have in here,” Cushing said. “Yeah, we’re sitting at 2-3 but at the same time, we have a lot of football left. As quick as this thing went south for us, it can go right back up again. We know that and it’s going to happen.”
Cushing’s impact and leadership are major factors in order for the Texans to be successful. On defense the Texans are ranked number 1 against the pass and 28th against the run. Wednesday Cushing was asked what the defense could do to improve in the red zone and in forcing turnovers.
“Those two things are important because if we’re ranked number one now, and if we do those things better we can be that much better and we understand that,” Cushing answered. “We can take points off the board and make the games closer and hopefully get the ball back for our offense to score.”
Cushing, a four-year veteran, signed a six-year, $55.643 million extension through 2019. With his play this year, you could easily say he’s earning every single cent.
“We’re trying to get all of that out of our system right now and know we’re not playing our best football,” Cushing said. “Just be positive. Just be positive and know that we have a lot of room for improvement and it’s going to happen.”
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