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Brian Cushing: We’re ready to take the next step

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The Texans have made the playoffs in four of the last six seasons and they’ve won a game in three of those appearances, but all of those wins have come in the Wild Card round.

The last of those wins came in January when they beat the Raiders before being outscored 17-3 in the second half of a 34-16 loss to the Patriots. The Texans lost a couple of defensive contributors in cornerback A.J. Bouye and safety Quintin Demps in free agency, but defensive end J.J. Watt should be back and linebacker Brian Cushing still believes the time has come for the Texans to win some games later in the postseason.

“Getting to the playoffs isn’t good enough for us anymore, and we understand that,” Cushing said, via the Houston Chronicle. “We’ve been in games and we were in a dogfight with New England until the third quarter and they go on to win the Super Bowl. I think it says a little bit about where we are and at the same time about how much further we have to go and we understand it. We’re close, but we have a way to go. We’re ready to take the next step.”

Tom Savage would be the starting if the season started today, something that Cushing said he’s not worrying about because he is “just playing defense and that’s it.” It’s probably fair to say that others will spend time worried about the situation under center because that’s been the biggest stumbling block in Houston for some time.

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22 Responses to “Brian Cushing: We’re ready to take the next step”
  1. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 31, 2017 7:43 AM

    Don’t the Texans say this every offseason?

  2. juice08 says: Mar 31, 2017 7:51 AM

    for Cushing, that’s likely roids in BOTH cheeks this year.

  3. Kapodaco says: Mar 31, 2017 7:56 AM

    It’s pretty simple: get a manageable quarterback. As good a defense as the Texans have had the last few years, they’ll take care of the rest, but you need a quarterback for the times where they can’t get the job done (i.e. against New England).

  4. elyasm says: Mar 31, 2017 7:57 AM

    Sounds like someone’s ready to break out the Letterman jackets again.

  5. joetoronto says: Mar 31, 2017 8:37 AM

    No you’re not, you still have no QB.

  6. redlikethepig says: Mar 31, 2017 8:40 AM

    Then he swallowed a steroid pill the size of a golf ball.

  7. smuggs1 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:43 AM

    You need to trade for Romo if you want to have any chance Brian. He knows it, everyone knows it

  8. kissmysandwich says: Mar 31, 2017 8:51 AM

    Cushing is one of the biggest meat-heads in the NFL. Of course he thinks they can win a Super Bowl with Savage. Romo will be their QB though. It’s just that he’ll be injured and inevitably retire by week 8 at the latest.

  9. terripet says: Mar 31, 2017 8:53 AM

    Colts Texans titans jags

  10. tylawspick6 says: Mar 31, 2017 8:58 AM

    Pats will slap you again (and your big mouth cheating owner).

  11. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 31, 2017 9:29 AM

    Get Romo and there’s a chance…

  12. reddzen says: Mar 31, 2017 9:38 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 8:58 AM
    Pats will slap you again (and your big mouth cheating owner).

    —-

    I wouldn’t be talking cheating as a Pats fan. Dirtiest team in the NFL. Hands down.

  13. folec says: Mar 31, 2017 9:47 AM

    Same old song and dance

  14. maust1013 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:12 AM

    terripet says:
    Mar 31, 2017 8:53 AM
    Colts Texans titans jags
    ===================

    If Houston gets a decent QB they are right there with the Stealers and Raiders behind the Patriots waiting to move up in the event injuries take NE down a notch. Colts will be lucky to finish 2nd in that division, don’t go to sleep on the Titans.

  15. texansfan82 says: Mar 31, 2017 10:47 AM

    He’s right and he’s wrong (it’s the offseason – everybody is ready to make a Super Bowl run at this time of the year). The best players on the team are in their prime, and I think there is a certain amount of credibility to the notion that you need to have a team that has playoff experience before you are ready to really take that leap to Super Bowl contender. This team has great veteran leadership and skilled players across the board. But until a QB emerges that can take this offense to the next level, then it doesn’t matter how great the rest of the team is.

  16. granadafan says: Mar 31, 2017 11:09 AM

    kissmysandwich says:
    Mar 31, 2017 8:51 AM
    Cushing is one of the biggest meat-heads in the NFL.
    ======================================

    He’s also one of the biggest PED users in the league going back to his days at U$C

  17. mototax says: Mar 31, 2017 11:12 AM

    If the Texans get a QB they can avoid Brady in the second round and maybe (BIG MAYBE) catch the Pats out-of-sync in the AFC Championship game. Like waaayyyy out of sync!

    Otherwise, same old same old!

    I for one hope Brady plays at the highest levels a few more years. These special QB’s don’t come around that often and NO, Dak will not fill the void.

  18. baldbuc says: Mar 31, 2017 11:18 AM

    Sign Romo, let some other scrub QB get you into the playoffs (as has been the case the last few seasons), then let Romo start in the playoffs.

    Okay, I know that’s not realistic however I don’t see Romo staying healthy for an entire 16 game season.

    The greater problem for the Texans issue is their inept GM and an owner that gets attached to certain personnel and waits too long to fire or release them.

  19. atepper001 says: Mar 31, 2017 12:22 PM

    next step as in, better steroids?

  20. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 31, 2017 1:21 PM

    maust1013 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 10:12 AM

    If Houston gets a decent QB they are right there with the Stealers and Raiders behind the Patriots waiting to move up in the event injuries take NE down a notch. Colts will be lucky to finish 2nd in that division, don’t go to sleep on the Titans.
    ———-
    I agree with this comment. It will take the Colts more than a year to recover from the Grigson effect. Also, I would include the Chiefs along with the Steelers and Raiders. I also think the Titans are making great strides.

  21. barsfordays says: Mar 31, 2017 2:33 PM

    Cushing attempted to take the next step, and ended up on the IR.

  22. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 31, 2017 3:58 PM

    They are not going anywhere with O’Brien as their head coach.

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