It is clear that the Houston Texans will be without Brian Cushing for the near future and now will turn to inside linebacker Max Bullough to replace him. Bullough stepped in for Cushing after the first defensive drive and have five tackles on one tackle for a loss. Bullough will now step into a more prominent role next to Benardrick McKinney moving forward to lead the defense.
Bullough has continued to develop as a rookie free agent out of Michigan State with most of his work on special teams the past two seasons.
“All I can say is that I’ve had great coaches and great teammates from the beginning and I’ve learned from them.” explained Bullough. “I’ve learned a lot. You come into the NFL and, at least for me, I didn’t know anything. You always think you do, but you really don’t.”
Bullough is “confident” in his ability to get the job done for the Texans defense and he showed it on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
“I thought Max did a nice job in the game. I thought as the game went on, Max played better and better.” said Bill O’Brien of Bullough’s performance.
Bullough has been watching Cushing work over the past two years and taken as much as he could but he is concerned with his friend and teammates situation.
“Yeah, you feel for Cush. Cush is a guy that’s been here since I got here.” said Bullough. “He’s been here for a while and he’s helped me a lot. I’ve learned a lot from him, so you never want to see a teammate go down regardless of any position. Thoughts are with Cush and I know he’ll be back as soon as he can.”