By Adam Spolane

With Brian Cushing missing the Texans 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs with a sprained MCL it didn’t just change the team’s linebacker core, it also changed who relayed the play call to the rest of the defense.

Second year linebacker Bernardrick McKinney was the player on the Texans’ defense to wear a transimitter in his helmet, allowing him to get the play call from defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, and he admitted things were a little different.

“It’s kind of hard to hear the high-pitch and everyone screaming,” he said. “But I just concentrated on the play call and getting it from (Crennel), and I got it in and just hurried up and tried to get to the d-lineman, to the safeties, and everybody, and we just communicated, the whole 11 of us.”

McKinney finished with two tackles, six assists and a sack and said despite the hectic nature of a defensive huddle he never had an issue getting the play in from Crennel.

“Coach (Crennel) does a great job of getting the play call in, so I can get them lined up. I could hear them clearly. When they were screaming, it was kind of hard, but I got the play in.”

With Cushing to be out a few more games, the onus will again fall on McKinney to relay the Texans’ defensive play calls.


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