We’ve had a little bit of back and forth on this site about Brian Cushing’s role in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense going forward. I’ve always been of the opinion that he’d be positioned on the inside alongside DeMeco Ryans, while others say he’s a better fit to be an outside linebacker.
This isn’t a definitive statement by any means, but now that new LB coach Reggie Herring has officially been hired, he talked a bit about Cushing for the first time in two updates from CBS Rapid Reports.
The two quotes are as follows:
“I don’t see why (Cushing) can’t be a very effective middle linebacker. He can be just as effective a pass rusher up the middle as he is outside.” He also added: “(Having Cushing in the middle alongside DeMeco Ryans) gives us tremendous security inside.”
I’m sure Herring is far from making final decisions on personnel and where current guys on the roster are going to end up, but this is obviously a strong indication as to what he plans to do with Cushing. This should also help fuel the already existing draft speculation that the Texans will take an outside linebacker with the first pick in the NFL Draft.