First off, AJ has already hit on this subject here. Definitely worth a read, as his stuff always is.
Not much of a sample size at MLB, but it’s the right move
My thoughts on Brian Cushing playing the middle are simple. It’s been two games, so he really hasn’t had a chance to establish himself at a very difficult position to pick up in the middle of the season. I don’t necessarily think it’s time to panic and pull the ripcord on this experiment, but the truth is – Cushing having to think too much takes away from his playmaking ability.
Cushing is at his best when he can attack “downhill” with reckless abandon… when he can use his physicality as an advantage and just flat-out beat people. Reckless abandon isn’t exactly something you can have a lot of when you’re playing middle linebacker. How the Texans’ coaches didn’t know that ahead of time is beyond me, but as AJ said in the above article, I suppose this is an indication that Cushing didn’t do as well in the middle as they thought he would. That said, after two games – that doesn’t seem like a fair conclusion on their part.
Still, I’m all for him returning to the strong side. Kubiak says he’ll see time at both positions, but why? What’s the point? If they feel like he’s better on the strong side, put him back on the strong side and be done with it.
Texans are quick to rectify this mistake, yet won’t bench Jackson?
The Texans wouldn’t be moving Cushing back to the strong side this quickly if they didn’t think moving him to the middle was a mistake in the first place. It certainly hasn’t been a disaster at this point, but just as clear is the fact that it hasn’t been a success. If the Texans are willing to publicly “admit” this mistake (and I use that word loosely), this quickly – why are they SO insistent on leaving Kareem Jackson out there to die week in and week out?
Newsflash – there ARE other options aside from KJax
Kareem Jackson isn’t just struggling. He’s getting his head handed to him regularly. There’s a big difference. I think we can all agree that we never saw this kind of bad from even the likes of Petey Faggins. Jacques Reeves on his WORST day played significantly better than Jackson has. There’s no way that Sherrick McManis would play worse than Jackson is right now, and if he did – well, at least they tried someone else out. At this point I’d like for them to even give Antwaun Molden a shot to start. Why not? Can’t be worse. Why is that guy even on the team at this point?
Texans missed out on Al Harris, but Jason Allen now available
With Al Harris’ recent injury issues and age, one could argue that Jason Allen (who was cut by the Dolphins to make room for Harris) might be an equally-intriguing pick up for the Texans. According to Lance Zierlein the Texans were in play on Harris, but he didn’t want any of that, and why would he unless they offered a huge amount of money?
Allen has bounced between corner and safety. He certainly wouldn’t come in and make a huge season-changing impact on anything, but with the possible exception of Glover Quin, he’d instantly be the best cornerback on Houston’s roster. This stubbornness with Jackson is only one of the problems with this defense, but you could certainly argue it’s the biggest one. Well – other than how ABYSMAL Jackson has played. The Texans need to make a move on Allen. He’s no great shakes, but who else is there right now? Oh, well, there’s Jacques Reeves – but to bring him back would mean the Texans admitting another mistake, and I think two in a week would shatter the old record of one per year.