Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/26/12
With the start of training camp inching closer, it’s time to preview the Houston Texans inside linebackers. This unit, coupled with the outside linebackers, help to shape one of the NFL’s top defensive units in 2011. Equally vital as the OLBs, the inside linebackers are a focal point in the 3-4 defensive scheme used by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.  Last season’s team MVP and current team captain Brian Cushing leads this group. Named a second-team All-Pro, Cushing led the Texans with 114 tackles to go along with 4.0 sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Perhaps the heart and soul of the defense, Cushing will continue to patrol the field at one ILB spot. The second starting ILB spot will see competition between newly acquired free agent Bradie James and Darryl Sharpton, who spent much of last season on IR with a quadriceps injury. The offseason departure of Demeco Ryans signaled a change at inside linebacker in terms of responsibilities and the type of player...
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