Despite an offseason filled with steroid drama and hysteria, one that almost ended with the Houston Texans having the first ever forfeited NFL Offseason Award, Texans Owner Bob McNair still has Brian Cushing's back. In fact, it seems like he's developed quite a mancrush:â†µ
"There's not anybody on that field more intense than Brian, and the players know that," McNair said. "When he's off the field, he's sort of mild-mannered and very nice. He steps on that field, and he's a different person. He's a tiger. Even when he comes off the field sometimes, other players will try to joke with him, and he's about to ready to attack them. He cares that much about it.â†µ
"He pays the price. He works hard. That's the kind of intensity I think is good. Pollard brings that kind of intensity, too. You have to have it on defense. Defense is emotional. I'm hoping it'll rub off on Mario (Williams). If Mario could develop that kind of intensity with his athletic ability, oh my goodness."â†µ
"And you've got Amobi (Okoye), who is just an outstanding person, but he doesn't have that tiger in him yet. But he's young, and as he matures, I think he will become a little more intense."â†µ
Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad, and he also had to touch on Mario Williams' intensity. Look Mr. McNair, we're all really appreciative of you for bringing football back to Houston. Williams played all of last year with a bum shoulder and other injuries. He didn't have his best season rushing the passer, but he improved his run defense and was amongst the most dominant defensive ends in the game. He's also got a new contract coming up pretty soon, one which could easily make him one of the highest paid players in football. Can we refrain from saying things that might make him question whether he wants to stay here? Thanks.â†µ
I'd also back off Okoye, given how the Texans have miscast him as a run stuffer and he's still at the age where normal college players are just breaking into the NFL. But hey, whatever, seems to be company policy this year.