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Cushing wins defensive rookie award in landslide

Texans rookie linebacker Brian Cushing wasn’t always the most well regarded linebacker on the USC Trojans.  Now he’s been recognized as the best rookie defender in the entire league.

Cushing received 39 of 50 possible votes to win the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Tuesday.  Bills safety Jairus Byrd finished second with six votes, while Cushing’s college teammate Clay Matthews finished third with three votes.  Redskins pass rush Brian Orakpo got two votes.

We can’t argue with the result.  Cushing racked up 133 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions
and forced two fumbles.  He’s a bigger difference maker than teammate DeMeco Ryans, who also won the award.

There were games, like the win in Cincinnati, that Cushing simply took over. It was the ninth time in ten years a linebacker won the award.  (Us silly writers like stats!)

We also have to throw some love at Matthews, who deserved serious consideration.  Matthews started the final 13 games of the season, compiling 10 sacks, 51 tackles, and 7 passes defensed. 

He will be a versatile core player and probably a Pro Bowl candidate for years to come.  Now he has only 18 years more to play to equal the longevity of his father (Clay) and uncle (Bruce).

Congrats to all four men who earned votes.  It was a strong year for rookie defenders.

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  1. Jose Reyes says: Jan 5, 2010 11:09 AM

    You can’t argue with it, I’m surprised it wasn’t unanimous, last year Jerod Mayo won it with only a forced fumble as his single impact play (sacks/ints/fumbles).

  2. Lumas101 says: Jan 5, 2010 11:15 AM

    I am a Bills fan and was hoping Byrd could win the award, but when the Bills faced the Texans in week 9 I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Cushing took that game over as well, and even though Byrd had two interceptions, it was still Cushing who had a bigger impact on the game.
    Congratulations to Cushing, it was well-earned, and congratulations to Byrd for finishing second and earning a Pro Bowl nod.

  3. pats suck, blow and cheat* says: Jan 5, 2010 11:19 AM

    Can’t argue with this one.
    Maybe next year the soft as Charmin Texans can man up on defense.

  4. Dennis says: Jan 5, 2010 11:20 AM

    It is very important to note that Cushing’s 133 tackles is 5th in the league for LBs, but 1st for OLBs, which don’t put up quite the stats that MLBs do. 1st in the league, not 1st amongst rookies. I believe he also has the lead for passes defensed among LBs, tied for lead on interceptions amongst LBs, and while there are 3-4 OLBs that primarily rush the passer who have more sacks, he is a 4-3 OLB that doesn’t primarily rush the passer, making his 5 sacks still pretty impressive.

  5. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 5, 2010 11:23 AM

    Well deserved. I’ve been very pleased with Matthews’ play, but Cushing has been doing it all season long.

  6. Scott says: Jan 5, 2010 11:25 AM

    By the time I registered an account to leave a comment, the “father Bruce” line was corrected. Nice catch.

  7. 30PTBUCK says: Jan 5, 2010 11:26 AM

    A Packer srewed once again How many forced fumbles? He stripped the ball from AP and scored a touchdown Should have got credit for a safety and another sack also got screwed out of a sack FF and FR because of a terrible call

  8. godofwine says: Jan 5, 2010 11:27 AM

    My Browns missed on another one. God job, so-called Man-genius. (singing) Real men of genius. Mr. trade down in the draft passing good players to pick some bum-a**ed center!

  9. Cushing Will Kill You says: Jan 5, 2010 11:30 AM

    Brian Cushing eats running backs for breakfast.

  10. Ryan says: Jan 5, 2010 11:31 AM

    Well deserved. Saw a couple Texans games and Cushing was amazing. Matthews had a very good rookie year as well but Cushing deserved it by far.

  11. Stampede City says: Jan 5, 2010 11:32 AM

    Buffalo’s BYRD should have won

  12. ButchD says: Jan 5, 2010 11:35 AM

    Joins a good list of players that have won that, have to go back to 2001 winner Kendrell Bell to find a guy that went bust after a good rookie year.

  13. packers4life says: Jan 5, 2010 11:36 AM

    It sucks Clay Matthews didn’t earn the award but congrats to Brian Cushing anyway. He was a monster this season. At least Matthews got some consideration though.

  14. mwcarolina says: Jan 5, 2010 11:38 AM

    Cushing earned it, he had a great year, and was consistant.

  15. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 11:38 AM

    I can’t wait for all the Packer fans to cry that their boy finished 3rd!
    Try watching some other games besides Packer games.
    Cushing is a beast. 2.5 times more tackles than Matthews.
    Matthews is good, but he is no Cushing.
    They both have steroids in common, there is that…

  16. RaiderRedleg says: Jan 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    Oakland’s Darius Heyward-Bay should have won.
    Boy I wish I could say that with a straight face.
    Houston has done WELL drafting LBs like D. Ryans and Cushing.

  17. Ryan says: Jan 5, 2010 11:46 AM

    godofwine says:
    January 5, 2010 11:27 AM
    My Browns missed on another one. God job, so-called Man-genius. (singing) Real men of genius. Mr. trade down in the draft passing good players to pick some bum-aed center!
    Obviously Mangini passed on some good LB’s, but Mack hardly turned out to be a bum center. Rough start but improved greatly as the season went on. You need a strong line to move the ball and Mack and Thomas are two young guys that will be around for years to come!

  18. footballnut says: Jan 5, 2010 11:47 AM

    The only reason Cushing wasn’t unanimous was that this year’s rookie class was better than last year.
    Byrd and Cushing were both contenders for this award, but with Cushing’s impact being a bit more than Byrd’s he gets the edge.
    Bills fans shouldn’t care as they have a player on their D.
    Being a Pats fan I am still upset BB pulled out of the first round while Matthews and Cushing were still there. Could’ve used them as the Pats pass rush was/is terrible.

  19. Tompadre says: Jan 5, 2010 11:54 AM

    This was a good year all around for rookies. And they were saying before the draft that 2010 is the bumper crop. Check out the pass catching results of the rookie wide-outs, usually a position that isn’t overly productive in their first year.
    Congrats to Cushing and all the guys who got votes – well deserved!

  20. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 11:56 AM

    # 30PTBUCK says: January 5, 2010 11:26 AM
    A Packer srewed once again How many forced fumbles? He stripped the ball from AP and scored a touchdown Should have got credit for a safety and another sack also got screwed out of a sack FF and FR because of a terrible call
    _________________
    You’re a dumb ass if you think Cushing didn’t deserve it and Matthews got “srewed.” Cushing had 2 FF to answer your question, compared to Matthews one.
    Matthews had a heck of a year, all 4 vote getters were deserving, but Cushing had the most impact. Well deserved.

  21. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 5, 2010 12:02 PM

    footballnut
    Being a Pats fan I am still upset BB pulled out of the first round while Matthews and Cushing were still there. Could’ve used them as the Pats pass rush was/is terrible.
    ________________
    Cushing went 15th. The pats did not have a pick until the 23rd which they traded out of and down to the 26th. They traded the 26th to the Packers where they took Matthews. This stuff is not hard to look up btw.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2009/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-round/dt-by-round-input:1

  22. purpleguy says: Jan 5, 2010 12:05 PM

    Cushing is the right choice — the best all-around rookie defender.

  23. dave says: Jan 5, 2010 12:07 PM

    PFT fail? today is the 5th not the 6th
    January 6 (morning): defensive rookie of the year.
    January 6 (afternoon): offensive rookie of the year.
    January 7 (morning): comeback player of the year.
    January 10: MVP.
    January 13 (morning): defensive player of the year.
    January 14 (morning): offensive player of the year.
    January 15 (morning): All-Pro team.
    January 17: coach of the year.

  24. Buttahs says: Jan 5, 2010 12:09 PM

    I would like to thank Greg Blache and his “bend and break” sceme for the Redskins. The decision to draft a guy as a DE and then play him as a OLB is just pure genius. Orakpo was a menace in the backfield (when he put a hand down). The coaching staff were either to stupid or stubborn to stick with it. This is why your ass is prob gone too Blache! Don’t let the door hit ya….
    Congrats to Cushing though, he deserves it.
    Congrats to Orakpo for the pro bowl this year
    London Fletcher ONCE AGAIN got snubbed, but who really cares anymore.

  25. topcide says: Jan 5, 2010 12:13 PM

    Mauluga(spelling) was having a good year untill he got hurt as well.
    Hell of a USC linebacker class.

  26. mixman34 says: Jan 5, 2010 12:13 PM

    Matthew is a good player. But not even close to Cushing. Maybe he should chop those locks like Cushing grew up and did.

  27. 1mge says: Jan 5, 2010 12:14 PM

    I’ll take mathews and his 10 sacks all day! 130 tackles by Cushing is impressive but if you already tackled the QB… Cushing is great but he’s no Mathews.

  28. Woody Paige says: Jan 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    Cushing deserves it hands down. The kid is an animal. I feel like I raised him watching high school football on MSG.

  29. Drat says: Jan 5, 2010 12:24 PM

    Nice job by the Texans in picking Cushing. Despite Florio’s odd comment that Cushing was not well regarded in college, I remember SI and most media outlets rating him higher than the other two USC LBs.
    Fourteen teams passed on Cushing, five of them picked defensive players: Chiefs, Packers, Bills, Redskins, Saints.

  30. Sellinmp1981 says: Jan 5, 2010 12:28 PM

    JeffRagnarChicken-“I can’t wait for all the Packers fans to cry that their boy finished third. Try watching some other games besides Packer games. Cushing is a beast. 2.5 times more tackles than Matthews.”
    Yet another idiot Vikings fan. Matthews is a 3-4 rush linebacker you idiot. His job is to rush the QB. He’s pretty much a DE. A 4-3 OLB is always gonna have more tackles than a 3-4 OLB because a 4-3 LB Is mostly sitting behind the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Try actually watching a game so you know what you’re talking about before opening your mouth.

  31. danielcp0303 says: Jan 5, 2010 12:33 PM

    Those steroids rumors were apparently true. If there is one guy cheating in the NFL, it’s this guy.

  32. hk94 says: Jan 5, 2010 12:36 PM

    I don’t know much about Cushing, but his stats sound like he was deserving.
    As far as Clay Matthews, it sucks he didn’t win the award, but his stats only tell part of his story. The real value with Clay Matthews is how he energized the entire Packers’ D with his play. Also very telling just how blatant the holds are on him. None of these ticky-tack calls that can go either way, offensive linemen have to grab him by the face mask and turn him 180 degrees to stop his pursuit.
    He may not have been better than Cushing, but he belonged at the table for discussion, and I’m hoping he’s a Packer for a long, long time!

  33. stnmmc says: Jan 5, 2010 12:41 PM

    # 30PTBUCK says: January 5, 2010 11:26 AM
    A Packer srewed once again How many forced fumbles? He stripped the ball from AP and scored a touchdown Should have got credit for a safety and another sack also got screwed out of a sack FF and FR because of a terrible call
    ————————————————–
    Get over yourself, the man most deserving won the award.
    Matthews had a hell of a year, and will be a great player, but to come on here and whine that another Packer got screwed really takes away from the accompishments of your team.
    I would think that at this point in the season you are more focused on team success, or potential payback at the vikings. But hey, if you want to be trivial and petty that is your call.

  34. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 5, 2010 12:41 PM

    jeffragnarchicken says:
    I can’t wait for all the Packer fans to cry that their boy finished 3rd!
    ____________________________________
    Next time read what “all the Packer fans” actually said before dumping your bias all over the page. I wasn’t alone in saying we’re glad to have Matthews, but Cushing absolutely deserved this award.

  35. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 5, 2010 12:44 PM

    Majik Bullet
    Cushing had 2 FF to answer your question, compared to Matthews one.
    _____________________________________
    Actually Matthews had two as well. He just made the rookie mistake of getting one of them against Pittsburgh, so of course it wasn’t allowed to stand.
    Cushing still had the better year though.

  36. Leto_II says: Jan 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    Cushing is a beast. For a guy who missed all of pre-season with injuries, he was an immediate impact player for the Texans. USC’s ‘Linebacker U’ title is well deserved. With Cushing, Demeico Ryans, Mario Williams and the underrated Bernard Pollard, the Texans have a quality defense to go along with their great offense. Hopefully they can get over the hump and make the playoffs next year.

  37. kenyatta says: Jan 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    great choice for the award and its good to see a New Jersey player win it we are some of the smartest people in the USA check the stacks

  38. SpartaChris says: Jan 5, 2010 1:03 PM

    Packer fan here and I have no problem with Cushing winning the award. Matthews is a beast, but he didn’t even start until a month or so into the season. And even then he was being rotated in, so he didn’t play most every snap like he does now.
    Besides, is anyone gonna care about this years award next season or the season after? Sure, I always want our guy to get it, but I’d rather have the one trophy that actually means something.

  39. clint_taurus says: Jan 5, 2010 1:12 PM

    4 deserving candidates for sure, but I’m surprised Louis Delmas of DET didn’t get some love as well…maybe if he played for someone besides the Lions…

  40. rockotica says: Jan 5, 2010 1:21 PM

    4 those of u who listen to nfl radio ch 124 on sirius/xm, u know adam schein. he’s prob he least competent, most annoying, repatative personality on the channel and knows almost nothing about actual nfl x’s and o’s and what makes a successful team. well, he said today that he voted for Cush. how can this guy be allowed to vote? bc he’s on air?? is that it? if he can vote, that what other posers are allowed to cast ballots? makes me think these post season awards are more pathetic/sham that previously thought.

  41. wrath4771 says: Jan 5, 2010 1:24 PM

    Cushing definitely deserves to win it, but I thought the vote would be closer. Byrd, Matthews and Orakpo all had monster seasons – granted none were as consistant as Cushing. Congrats to Cushing.

  42. kazkal says: Jan 5, 2010 1:26 PM

    Meh Texans Defense was avg and seemed like alot cushings tackle were downfield,IMO The Bills Safety Deserved it

  43. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 1:29 PM

    # Beer Cheese Soup says: January 5, 2010 12:44 PM
    Actually Matthews had two as well. He just made the rookie mistake of getting one of them against Pittsburgh, so of course it wasn’t allowed to stand.
    Cushing still had the better year though.
    ______________
    Dude, let it go. He had one, that’s what the stat book shows. Plays get overturned, bad calls are made, but they’re done with. It’s time for the playoffs. Stop crying about the refs, last I checked the refs didn’t get carved up for 500 yards that game.

  44. dead money says: Jan 5, 2010 1:36 PM

    I never got a chance to see cushing play this year.. shocker right? But his stats and comments from other fans make it seem like they got it right. I loved Orakpo until around week 13-14 when I got to see Cushing play… He’s a madman and all over the place making plays and always near the ball. He’s a damn fine player and was surprised to see him not win it… again, because I don’t see/hear bub-kiss about the texans or the afc in general…
    Pretty good defensive rookie class in ’09!!!

  45. topofafcnorth says: Jan 5, 2010 1:57 PM

    Cushing had the best year and deserves it by far. that said all the Matthews people should look at the stats.
    Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
    Rk Player
    Team
    Pos Comb
    Total
    Ast
    Sck
    SFTY
    PDef
    Int
    TDs
    Yds
    Lng
    FF
    Rec
    TD
    1 Brian Cushing
    HOU
    OLB 134 87 47 5.0 1 14 4 0 26 20 2 — —
    2 James Laurinaitis
    STL
    MLB 120 107 13 2.0 — 7 2 0 28 21 1 1 0
    Clay Matthews GB OLB 51 37 14 10.0 0 — — — — — 1 3 1

  46. techvet says: Jan 5, 2010 2:06 PM

    Congrats to Cushing and I didn’t even know about Byrd’s work. (Matthews came on slowly but like gangbusters.) However, I’ll bet Cushing would trade in the award in a heartbeat for a Bengals victory over the Jets on last Sunday night.
    Meanwhile, Cushing and Byrd and enjoy NFL football this weekend on their 60″ plasma TVs because their season is OVER.

  47. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 2:19 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    January 5, 2010 1:29 PM
    Dude, let it go. He had one, that’s what the stat book shows. Plays get overturned, bad calls are made, but they’re done with. It’s time for the playoffs. Stop crying about the refs, last I checked the refs didn’t get carved up for 500 yards that game.
    ————————–
    …said the guy who still maintains the Vikings lost the Steelers game because of a “bad tripping call”.
    Yes, let it go indeed.

  48. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    topofafcnorth says:
    January 5, 2010 1:57 PM
    Cushing had the best year and deserves it by far. that said all the Matthews people should look at the stats.
    ————————–
    And has already been stated, there’s a big difference between the responsibilities of a 4-3 outside linebacker (Cushing) and a 3-4 outside linebacker (Matthews). And let’s not even bring up 4-3 MLBs (like Laurinaitis).
    Simply looking at the statistics without considering the player’s responsibilities is silly.
    Having said that, Cushing had a great year and I don’t have a problem with pick at all. Cushing, Matthews, Byrd.. All were good choices.

  49. footballnut says: Jan 5, 2010 2:29 PM

    @BigOldDog: I stand corrected, what more can you say?
    I was thinking of Rey M. sorry those three from USC were a bit tough to get straight.
    Either way, BB traded out of the first round while a decent LB was still there for the picking.
    Not saying Pat Chung won’t become a player, but…Then again we may not have Vollmer if it weren’t for the trade out of the first round.
    But with Matthews being next to Mayo instead of Guyton, what Pats fan wouldn’t want that?

  50. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 2:34 PM

    Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    January 5, 2010 2:19 PM
    Majik Bullet says:
    January 5, 2010 1:29 PM
    Dude, let it go. He had one, that’s what the stat book shows. Plays get overturned, bad calls are made, but they’re done with. It’s time for the playoffs. Stop crying about the refs, last I checked the refs didn’t get carved up for 500 yards that game.
    ————————–
    …said the guy who still maintains the Vikings lost the Steelers game because of a “bad tripping call”.
    Yes, let it go indeed.
    ===============================
    Yeah, and he let it go by the next week. Beer is STILL crying about that game.
    Beer is a conspiracy theorist.

  51. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 2:50 PM

    Sellinmp1981 says:
    January 5, 2010 12:28 PM
    JeffRagnarChicken-“I can’t wait for all the Packers fans to cry that their boy finished third. Try watching some other games besides Packer games. Cushing is a beast. 2.5 times more tackles than Matthews.”
    Yet another idiot Vikings fan. Matthews is a 3-4 rush linebacker you idiot. His job is to rush the QB. He’s pretty much a DE. A 4-3 OLB is always gonna have more tackles than a 3-4 OLB because a 4-3 LB Is mostly sitting behind the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Try actually watching a game so you know what you’re talking about before opening your mouth.
    =============================
    Compare him to the other OLB in a 3-4 in the league, he isn’t really all that impressive.
    If he is pretty much a DE, and he is so unstoppable, shouldn’t he have more than 10 sacks?
    The good rush OLB still have upwards of 60 tackles besides their sacks.
    Once he’s off the steroids, he will be AJ Hawk.

  52. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 2:50 PM

    # Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: January 5, 2010 2:19 PM
    …said the guy who still maintains the Vikings lost the Steelers game because of a “bad tripping call”.
    Yes, let it go indeed.
    ________________
    Hey moron, how’s it going? I see you’re back to making up more garbage. The Vikes lost, and I never once said they lost solely because of that play. Not once, you lying dumb ass. I said the penalty was bogus, as did the NFL, but I also said the Vikes still had plenty of chances to win that game, and just didn’t finish. Go back and check it, dunce.

  53. packers4life says: Jan 5, 2010 3:06 PM

    Clay Matthews not starting all 16 games this season really hurt his chance at the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. I bet had he started all 16 games, he probably would of had around 13 or 14 sacks and had a clearer shot at winning the award. Oh well.

  54. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 5, 2010 3:27 PM

    Parcells is said to have had both Cushing and Orakpo on the Tuna board as two of his top ten picks of the ’09 draft…

  55. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 3:30 PM

    Sellinmp1981 says:
    January 5, 2010 12:28 PM
    JeffRagnarChicken-“I can’t wait for all the Packers fans to cry that their boy finished third. Try watching some other games besides Packer games. Cushing is a beast. 2.5 times more tackles than Matthews.”
    Yet another idiot Vikings fan. Matthews is a 3-4 rush linebacker you idiot. His job is to rush the QB. He’s pretty much a DE. A 4-3 OLB is always gonna have more tackles than a 3-4 OLB because a 4-3 LB Is mostly sitting behind the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Try actually watching a game so you know what you’re talking about before opening your mouth.
    =========================
    By the way, I made that post to yank some chains, as with my last one. Because I KNEW there would be some packer fans on here crying about it.
    I was looking for a reaction and I got one.

  56. shaggytoodle says: Jan 5, 2010 3:38 PM

    Matthews didn’t get screwed, he didn’t star the first few games. I wanted him to win the award I thought he was a lock for it, but I did know of Cushing’s strong season but being in Wis. I don’t get to see him play as much congrats to him. Hopefully Cushing can pick up some things while he’s watching Matthews fly around the field this post season.

  57. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 4:08 PM

    jeffragnarchicken says:
    January 5, 2010 2:34 PM
    Yeah, and he let it go by the next week. Beer is STILL crying about that game.
    Beer is a conspiracy theorist.
    ————————–
    No, he didn’t let it go. But we agree on Beer. He’s got a personal vendetta against Pittsburgh.

  58. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 4:14 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    January 5, 2010 2:50 PM
    Hey moron, how’s it going? I see you’re back to making up more garbage. The Vikes lost, and I never once said they lost solely because of that play. Not once, you lying dumb ass. I said the penalty was bogus, as did the NFL, but I also said the Vikes still had plenty of chances to win that game, and just didn’t finish. Go back and check it, dunce.
    —————————
    Yes, actually you did blame the loss on that call. I had to point out to you, repeatedly, that even after the (good) call, they had a 1st down in the red zone. Three plays later Favre threw the INT. And even then, there was plenty of time to win.
    And if this site had a better search function I’d find your exact words.

  59. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    January 5, 2010 4:08 PM
    jeffragnarchicken says:
    January 5, 2010 2:34 PM
    Yeah, and he let it go by the next week. Beer is STILL crying about that game.
    Beer is a conspiracy theorist.
    ————————–
    No, he didn’t let it go. But we agree on Beer. He’s got a personal vendetta against Pittsburgh.
    ================================
    I think he said he was from Seattle…….could explain a lot. I could be mistaken….like that ever happens on here……(sarcasm)

  60. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 4:20 PM

    Hey, Dingleberry.. I found one of your quotes on the topic:
    —————————————-
    Majik Man says:
    October 26, 2009 8:44 AM
    It seems that the sun, moon, and zebras are all aligned for another Pittsburgh Super Bowl run. What a travesty to have such a great game decided by the most ridiculous call since the Hochuli. I know that the way of thinking in Pittsburgh is that the call evens things out for the Miller PI call, but that call is made more often than not. There is no way to even conceive that the call on Dugan was tripping, and doesn’t it seem kind of odd that the flag flew out just as the ball hit Rice’s hands?
    Good luck in Miami, Steelers, it should be a pretty easy journey with help like that.
    ———————————-
    If that’s not blaming the loss on the referees, I don’t know what is.

  61. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 5, 2010 4:31 PM

    1mge says:
    January 5, 2010 12:14 PM
    I’ll take mathews and his 10 sacks all day! 130 tackles by Cushing is impressive but if you already tackled the QB… Cushing is great but he’s no Mathews.
    ===================================
    Couldn’t have said it better. Cushing is NO Mathews. Cushing is much better. Ask anyone in the NFL. Plus Cushing wears his hair like a man. And doesn’t play beauty salon makeover with A.J. Hawk.

  62. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    Pervy_Harvin says:
    January 5, 2010 4:31 PM
    Plus Cushing wears his hair like a man. And doesn’t play beauty salon makeover with A.J. Hawk.
    ————————–
    Good point, Pervis. All he needs now is a girl’s name. Like Erin.

  63. Pervy_Harvin says: Jan 5, 2010 4:45 PM

    danielcp0303 says:
    January 5, 2010 12:33 PM
    Those steroids rumors were apparently true. If there is one guy cheating in the NFL, it’s this guy.
    ————————————————–
    True..google Cushing. He has bitch tits from steroids. Mathews should take notice. If Clay gets bitch tits he will look like the fat Anna Nicole.

  64. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 5:08 PM

    Adam
    Did I say the call was awful? Yes I did, and I still stand by that, as does the NFL. But I also said in latter posts, which you conveniently left out, that the Vikes had their chances to win despite that travesty, but they didn’t.
    And as it states, that post was a day after the game. Like jeff said, I haven’t mentioned it since then, I am over it. I was pissed then because it was a blatantly bad call, but it’s over and done with. So what, other than your idiotic speculation, makes you think I’m not over it?
    It’s also funny to see a guy who is still not over Favre leaving after 2 years telling someone else to get over something.

  65. ben.there says: Jan 5, 2010 5:29 PM

    To the crybaby Packer fans, the ones who claim Matthews was deserving: The fact that Matthews had less responsibility on his defense hurts your argument, it does not help it. Cushing excelled in pass rush, pass coverage, and run coverage. Your boy is one dimensional and does not match up. You can quit with the 3-4 defense excuse.

  66. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 5:33 PM

    There’s no room for interpretation. You can backtrack all you want, but the evidence is there in black and white.
    “The Vikes lost, and I never once said they lost solely because of that play. Not once, you lying dumb ass.”
    “It seems that the sun, moon, and zebras are all aligned for another Pittsburgh Super Bowl run. What a travesty to have such a great game decided by the most ridiculous call since the Hochuli.”
    http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t111/jimicos/internet.jpg

  67. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 5, 2010 5:55 PM

    Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    No, he didn’t let it go. But we agree on Beer. He’s got a personal vendetta against Pittsburgh.
    ____________________________________
    It’s not a personal vendetta, it’s a campaign. If you go back far enough, you’ll see I did the same thing about the Patriots when their own cheating came to light. Thankfully, that one’s over now.
    I just don’t like the thought of one scandal or another ruining the NFL the way steroids have ruined baseball. So, until something is done about the Pittsburgh Refs, I will continue to complain and send letters about it.
    jeffragnarchicken says:
    I think he said he was from Seattle…….could explain a lot. I could be mistaken….like that ever happens on here……(sarcasm)
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    I am FROM Wisconsin. I just currently LIVE in (well, near) Seattle. Don’t think that has anything to do with this though.
    I hate Seahawk fans, they’re the most fairweather idiots I’ve seen. Worse than Viking fans, and almost as obnoxious. They win, they yell and scream and start fights in the street with fans of other teams. They lose, they hide in a corner.
    Seriously, I wore Packers gear all week after the Week 16 beatdown, and no matter where I went, none of them would even make eye contact, let alone speak.
    Besides that, who the hell orders a cappuccino at a football game?! I don’t think most other stadiums even serve them. Disgraceful.

  68. jeffragnarchicken says: Jan 5, 2010 5:57 PM

    ah ha! I knew it was you jimicos! lol

  69. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 6:03 PM

    ben.there says:
    January 5, 2010 5:29 PM
    To the crybaby Packer fans, the ones who claim Matthews was deserving: The fact that Matthews had less responsibility on his defense hurts your argument, it does not help it. Cushing excelled in pass rush, pass coverage, and run coverage. Your boy is one dimensional and does not match up. You can quit with the 3-4 defense excuse.
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    Please. It’s not an excuse. 36 of the top 50 tacklers this season on NFL.com play linebacker. Do you want to guess how many of them play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense? I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with “Nero”.
    Want to guess how many 3-4 outside linebackers are ranked in the top 100 NFL tacklers? Two. Do you really think all those guys just plain suck and can’t tackle?
    Terrell Suggs had 59 tackles. DeMarcus Ware had 57. Are those guys scabs? Cushing had 133 tackles this season–more than twice as many as those guys.. Is Cushing twice as good as Suggs and Ware?
    And Matthews is far from one-dimensional. Watch him play sometime before spouting off on things you obviously don’t know.

  70. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 6:04 PM

    jeffragnarchicken says:
    January 5, 2010 5:57 PM
    ah ha! I knew it was you jimicos! lol
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    Yeah, I admitted it in that thread when you said you were Ragnar. I thought you knew that.

  71. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 6:07 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    January 5, 2010 5:55 PM
    It’s not a personal vendetta, it’s a campaign. If you go back far enough, you’ll see I did the same thing about the Patriots when their own cheating came to light. Thankfully, that one’s over now.
    I just don’t like the thought of one scandal or another ruining the NFL the way steroids have ruined baseball. So, until something is done about the Pittsburgh Refs, I will continue to complain and send letters about it.
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    That’s fine. I just don’t see it the same way. I thought the Super Bowl officiating was bad, but I haven’t seen a consistent bias from the officials towards any one team. Admittedly, I haven’t watched that many Pittsburgh games… But I’m not a conspiracy guy at all.

  72. ACDC84 says: Jan 5, 2010 6:13 PM

    “Cushing is a beast. 2.5 times more tackles than Matthews.”
    I didn’t watch one Texan game this year so I can’t comment on the selection. HOWEVER, Cushing plays OLB in a 4-3, so he plays a true LB position, where he makes more tackles and rushes the passer rarely. Matthews is in a 3-4, so he rushes the passer most of the time and is not in a position to make nearly as many tackles as a 4-3 OLB.
    Again, not saying Cushing didn’t deserve it, but comparing tackle totals for these two players is like apples and oranges.

  73. ben.there says: Jan 5, 2010 9:55 PM

    Adam-Christine, where do we start. First, if you’d like to offer criticism to a comment, it helps if you read the comment. You will notice that I made no mention of tackle stats. The fact that you wrote 3 nonsensical paragraphs disputing an argument that I never made puts you into either the troll or obtuse homer category. Based on your flaming of other members, I’m leaning towards troll.
    Second, stepping back on topic, Cushing dominated in every area of the defense. He shut down top RBs, he harrassed QBs, he read passes and came away with INTs. He personally delivered 6 turnovers, while setting up several others for his teammates. Twice he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Meanwhile, Matthews had some pass rushing success. He forced the most fumble prone RB in the league to caugh it up, causing his only turnover of the season. Now I know I’m banging my head against the wall by even trying to reason with someone so obviously deficient, but lets see how you try to get around this: Cushing leads all 4-3 OLB in tackles, sacks (depending how you classify Orakpo), and interceptions. Matthews finished 5th in 3-4 OLB sacks. So go suck it.

  74. shaggytoodle says: Jan 6, 2010 4:10 AM

    Whatever anyone says. there are 28 teams out there that wish they had players that played at the caliber these 4 players did. Way to go all of them, I’m sure all homers are more then happy with what they have to look foward to next year, unless your the Packers then its next week.

  75. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 6, 2010 10:19 AM

    At any rate, I think Cushing had a wonderful rookie season and his future is bright. It sounds like he was a huge part of the Texans’ 13th ranked defense. I know Matthews had a big hand in the Packers’ 2nd ranked defense. ;)

  76. Jets7590 says: May 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    Take it away.

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